Deputy Sheriff John Allen Pegram

Deputy Sheriff John Allen Pegram

Rockingham County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Thursday, October 31, 1929

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John Allen Pegram

Deputy John Pegram was killed on Route 65 (modern-day U.S. Highway 158) four miles east of Reidsville while he and another deputy were searching for bootleggers.

After locating several suspects a chase ensued in which Deputy Pegram was riding on one of the running boards. When they got close to the fleeing vehicle one of the suspects pushed him off of the running board, causing him to suffer a skull fracture.

Deputy Pegram was survived by his wife, three sons, and five daughters. His wife suffered a breakdown following his murder and she died one month later.


  • Age 55
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Never apprehended

alcohol violation, vehicle pursuit

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I always remember the sadness that Halloween brought to my grandmother, your daughter Sadie, as she recalled your death. A little more than a month later on December 1, 1929 your devoted wife Rebecca with her broken heart would pass away. The end of 1929 brought much sorrow to your family, changing everyone. Rest In Peace Deputy Pegram

Patrick Vernon
Great grandson

October 31, 2018

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