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Sheriff James A. Dickey | McNairy County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee McNairy County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee


James A. Dickey

McNairy County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Saturday, August 1, 1964

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Automobile crash

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Sheriff James Dickey was killed in an automobile accident while returning from investigating a previous accident. The front right tire of his vehicle blew out, causing his vehicle to veer off the roadway and down an embankment into a wooded area.

Sheriff Dickey had served with the agency for six years and was a veteran of World War II. He was survived by his wife and two children and is buried at Gravel Hill Cemetery, Gravel Hill, NcNairy County, Tennessee.

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I remember James Dickey. I was 15 when he was killed in Selmer. We went to his funeral. First person I has ever seen in a casket. My mother sold him some cologne in front of the courthouse a month before he was killed. Buford Pusser took over then. They said it was an accident, and his tire blew out. I know for a fact he was killed by other means...........It was no accident, he was murdered. I am 65 years old now, and I know. I will take this to my grave, but, I know. Period. He was a good man regardless of the time. Go look at Mr. Pusser and his BS. He harassed my dad and family and he killed our dog...........I saw it and was there. And it's never left me.

Jim Nidifffer
August 11, 2014


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