Sheriff Henry Clay Walker

Sheriff Henry Clay Walker

Hamblen County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Monday, April 7, 1941

Henry Clay Walker

Sheriff Henry Walker was shot and killed while searching an automobile for illegal whiskey at approximately 2:40 am.

During the search the driver shot him four times, killing him. The man, who had recently been charged with shooting another deputy, turned himself in.

The suspect was found guilty of second degree murder and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Sheriff Walker was survived by his wife and eight children.


  • Age 42
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 15 years

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Dearest Allison (previous contributor),

I apologize for offering a correction here in this forum, but feel I must set the record straight. Henry Clay Walker did not have a son named William Grant Walker, but a brother of that name. Their father, George Walker, did die while they were both quite young. So, Clay Walker was your father's uncle.

My father, C.D. Thomason, knew Clay Walker and remembers him fondly. He said Clay Walker was a fine man.

Carole Thomason
family friend

August 9, 2016

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