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Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.

Matthew 5:9


Chief Deputy William "Bill" Withers

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

May 22, 1948 - June 26, 2001

Chief Withers was a Vietnam veteran and after the service in the mid-1970's he began his law enforcement career in Jefferson County as a Security Guard for Carson Newman College in Jefferson City. He then went on to become a police officer for Jefferson City Police Department before spending more than 10 years with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department as a Deputy Sheriff. He left the department to join Dandridge Police Department, where he served as Police Chief for four years before returning to the Sheriff's Department as Chief Deputy in 1998. Chief Withers died as a result of a massive heart attack on June 26, 2001 after returning home from the job that he loved so well. He is missed greatly!

        Deputy Sheriff W. E. Alexander

              Jefferson County Sheriff's Department

Deputy W. E. Alexander was shot and killed in White Pine on May 25, 1904 while attempting to serve a warrant on a man for carrying a pistol. The suspect was located by Deputy Alexander in a local store. When the deputy told him he was under arrest, the man cursed at the deputy and then opened fire, fatally wounding him. The suspect escaped but was pursued by a posse and apprehended. Deputy Alexander was survived by his wife and three children.

Corporal David A. "Ducko" Denton

Jefferson City Police Department

Cpl. David Denton, age 45,  passed away on, November 22. 2003 following a sudden illness while on duty at the Jefferson City Police Department. Cpl. Denton worked for the Jefferson City Police Department for 22 years. He is survived by a wife and two children. Cpl. Denton was a member of Emmanuel Baptist church and F.O.P. lodge #61 in Jefferson County. He will be missed greatly by all who knew him!

Capt. Kathy Edmonds
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

A dedicated Jefferson County Sheriff's Department employee passed away in 2000 after a struggle with cancer Capt. Kathy Hughes Edmonds, assistant administrator of jail operations. A sheriff's department employee since 1991 "We're really going to miss her,Kathy was a dedicated, loyal employee, and a good person." Edmonds, 48 , was instrumental in successful efforts to re-obtain state certification for the Jefferson County Detention Center. Edmonds is remembered for her friendliness, sense of humor, and dedication to her job and family. She is survived by her husband , Harold Edmonds, and children.

Deputy Brian Brown

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
 Brian Brown, 35, was a corrections officer at Mountain View Youth Development Center, Where he also served as transportation coordinator and a Reserve Deputy for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. He was killed when his motorcycle struck the back of a horse trailer being pulled by a pick up truck at 11:25 p. m on April 8th 2001. He is survived by his wife, and two children.

Deputy Sheriff Jason Scott

Loudon County Sheriff's Department

Loudon County Sheriff's Department Deputy Jason Scott was shot and killed March 12, 2004 at 0830 hours in the line of duty. Deputy Scott was responding to a domestic situation between a mother and her sixteen year old son. As Deputy Scott exited his patrol vehicle, he was gunned down by the sixteen year old boy. After a 28 hour standoff, the boy was found inside the residence with a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Deputy Scott's wife was just days away from giving birth to their only child when he was murdered.

Officer Benjamin Bohannon

University of Tennessee Police Department

Officer Benjamin Bohannon, an officer with the University of Tennessee, and graduate of Jefferson County High School, was killed November 11th 2004 at 11:30 p.m. when his vehicle was struck by a tractor trailer on I-40.  He was on his way home from work when the crash occurred near I-40 and the James White Parkway exit in Knoxville. Officer Benjamin Bohannon, was a new father, husband and personal friend.

                                                                                                  Lieutenant Melvin Humphrey

                                                                                                Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

 Lieutenant Melvin Thomas Humphrey, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 23, 2005. He was born September 10, 1937, the son of the late Thomas and Ethel Humphrey and was raised in Knoxville, where he was a graduate of Farragut High School, Class of 1957. Melvin was a devoted husband and father and was active in the community, having coached Little League Football for 10 years; a 32nd degree mason and member of the Brazelton Lodge # 190 F & AM, and he enjoyed Tennessee Walking Horses and all the friends he made at the many horse shows he attended; and working on his farm. Melvin was a popular law enforcement officer of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department and was the first officer to retire after 20 years of service. Lt. Humphrey is survived by his wife of 44 years, Nina Faye Morgan Humphrey and children. At the time of his death, Lt. Humphrey was employed by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department as a baliff for the courts.

                                                                                                             Constable Euel "Pappy" Winstead

                                                                                                                           Tennessee Constable Association

Euel "Pappy" Winstead, age 76, of Jefferson City, TN passed away at 7:22 a.m. Wednesday, September 3, 2003 at Jefferson Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. He was very active in law enforcement in Jefferson County, serving in the capacity of constable for over 25 years. He was of the Baptist faith and was a veteran of World War II, having served in the US Navy. Charlie 10 is greatly missed by the citizens of Jefferson County and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

                                                                                                      Constable Larry Thurman

                                                                                                                            Tennessee Constable association

Larry Murrel Thurman, age 63, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, October 7, 2008. Larry Thurman was a Constable for Jefferson County for 16 years and served as Reserve Deputy for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. Constable Thurman also served as Chief of Constables from 2006 until the time of his death.


                                                                                                                               Constable James Thomas

                                                                                                                            Tennessee Constable association

Constable James Thomas was killed in the line of duty on April 10, 1946 when he went with a raiding party of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and other deputies. It was a dark night in a wooded section of the mountains and no moonlight. Jefferson County officers were not aware that Federal Alcohol Tax Agents planned to raid the illegal distillery on the same night. Constable Thomas and Jefferson County Sheriff Arthur Holbert had stopped along side of an illegal distillery path when ATF agents came upon them and opened fire with their weapons. The Sheriff was shot four times, but survived. Constable James Thomas was killed instantly.                                                                                


So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
                                        Isaiah 41:10