Deputy Sheriff Robert Tilman "Felix" Thomason

Deputy Sheriff Robert Tilman "Felix" Thomason

Washington County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Thursday, September 10, 1970

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Robert Tilman "Felix" Thomason

Deputy Sheriff Felix Thomason suffered a fatal heart attack after he and another deputy arrested two disorderly men for being drunk in public at a store on Highway 81.

Both men resisted arrest and assaulted the deputies before being subdued. Deputy Thomason collapsed as they arrived at the county jail in Jonesborough. He was transported to Memorial Hospital where he passed away.

The two prisoners were charged with drunk in public, resisting arrest, and assault.

Deputy Thomason was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII and had served with the Washington County Sheriff's Office for several years. He was survived by his wife, three sons, three daughters, brother, and sister.


  • Age 55
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Arrested

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Deputy Sheriff Thomason,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Washington County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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September 10, 2020

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