Deputy Sheriff Thomas Melvin Ball

Deputy Sheriff Thomas Melvin Ball

Greene County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Sunday, June 28, 1942

Thomas Melvin Ball

Deputy Ball was killed when he was struck in the head with a scale weight as he and two other deputies broke up a disturbance involving five juveniles at a general store.

The other deputies were placing two of the juveniles into a patrol car when another one struck Deputy Ball in the head. Deputy Ball was taken to a local hospital where he died the following day.

All five juveniles were charged with felonious assault.

Deputy Ball was a WWI veteran. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, three brothers, and sister.


  • Age 52
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Saturday, June 27, 1942
  • Weapon Blunt object
  • Offender Apprehended

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I like Marilyn never knew my grandfather. My mom her aunt often talked of her mom and dad and my daughter has researched and found a lot of reletavies. I know my aunt Gwen had a hard life but the one thing I saw most was the love of the family for each one. The bible tells us to honor our mothers and fathers this means also grand mothers and grand fathers, and I pray that my life will not only honor my parents but also theirs. God bless our family and thank you grand paw for your service not only to the sheriffs office but also to the USA.

Phil Goins

March 22, 2016

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