Deputy Sheriff Billy Walter Smith

Deputy Sheriff Billy Walter Smith

Cocke County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Friday, December 20, 1974

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Billy Walter Smith

Deputy Sheriff Billy Smith and Deputy Sheriff Lloyd Clevenger were killed in an automobile crash while on patrol.

The deputies were turning onto an on-ramp for I-40 when their vehicle was broadsided by a drunk driver who was driving without headlights on. Both deputies were killed instantly. The drunk driver was acquitted on a technicality.

Deputy Smith had served with the Cocke County Sheriff's Department for four months. He is survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 4 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Acquitted

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

December 20, 2020

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