Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, families of fallen officers, gather to pay tribute

J. H. Osborne • May 19, 2018 at 11:30 AM

BLOUNTVILLE — The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office hosted a fallen officers memorial service Friday to honor county officers who have died in the line of duty.

Pastor Ronnie Owens delivered the keynote speech, and Pastor Clay Austin offered the invocation and benediction.

Sullivan East High School’s patriotic singers The Acapats performed several musical numbers, a 21-gun salute was fired by the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard, and McKinley Casasola of Sullivan Central High School preformed taps.

As SCSO Chief Deputy Lisa Christian read the names of those honored, Sheriff Wayne Anderson passed red roses to family members or officers for placement on the SCSO’s Fallen Officer Memorial outside the agency’s main entrance.


In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

Roll call of officers remembered

• Special Deputy Lee Eldreth (Christmas Day, 1907)

• Deputy Hubert Webb (April 13, 1925)

• Constable Bruce Barker (May 30, 1938)

• Sergeant Arthur Lane (March 30, 1981)

• Deputy Glayton Parker (May 31, 1990)

• Sergeant Roscoe Teague (May 30, 1995)

• Deputy Steve Mullins (Nov. 22, 1995)

• Deputy Steve Riner (Sept. 29, 2001)

• Deputy Barry Shelton (Sept. 29, 2001)

• Deputy Robert Bowlin Sr. (Oct. 31, 2016)