Sheriff James A. Dickey

Sheriff James A. Dickey

McNairy County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Saturday, August 1, 1964

James A. Dickey

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.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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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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