Deputy Sheriff Joseph Obie Talley

Deputy Sheriff Joseph Obie Talley

Newton County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, August 24, 1929

Joseph Obie Talley

Deputy Sheriff Joseph Talley succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained two years earlier when he was shot after responding to a disturbance at a local bar.

Deputy Talley instructed the subject causing the disturbance to leave. As the man did so he pulled out a handgun and shot Deputy Talley in the back. The round severed Deputy Talley's spinal cord, causing him to become paralyzed. He died as a result of his injuries two years later.

Deputy Talley had served with the Newton County Sheriff's Department for only five months. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 5 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, May 1, 1927
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not available

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Rest In Peace Deputy Sheriff Joseph Obie Talley . Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Newton County, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers and those brave souls who choose to follow in your footsteps. I also Pray that the scum who murdered you shall burn forever in the lake of fire.


B. Sherwood Senior Special Agent retired
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

August 20, 2016

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