Deputy Sheriff George Leon Wiley

Deputy Sheriff George Leon Wiley

Cocke County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Tuesday, May 17, 1927

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George Leon Wiley

Deputy Wiley drowned in the French Broad River while in pursuit of two men who had just escaped his custody. He had arrested the two men for illegally manufacturing whiskey. After escaping, the two men swam across the river and Deputy Wiley attempted to follow them but drowned. His body was found four days later. The suspects he was chasing were never apprehended.

Deputy Wiley had served with the Cocke County Sheriff's Department for 8 months. He was survived by his wife and 3 children.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 8 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

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This is so meaningful to me. This was my granddaddy I never knew. My dad was only four years old when he died. Thank you for your kind words of honor to him.

Janis Wiley Baker

September 17, 2017

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