Deputy Sheriff Billy Walter Smith

Deputy Sheriff Billy Walter Smith

Cocke County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Friday, December 20, 1974

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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It has been 40 years since your passing---so many memories we never got to make, so many moments I wish you were there to share. You are my guardian angel, this I know for sure. You will live forever in our hearts. Love you daddy!
Your Baby Girl

April Lynn

December 23, 2014

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