Sheriff Cleve Daugherty

Sheriff Cleve Daugherty

Anderson County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Wednesday, July 19, 1933

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Cleve Daugherty

Sheriff Daugherty was shot and killed as he and two other deputies raided an illegal still in Piney Valley. The three lawmen had staked out the still and, when they observed several people approaching, attempted to arrest them. After identifying themselves one of the subjects opened fire with a shotgun, killing Sheriff Daugherty.

Three suspects were arrested and charged with murder. Two were a father and son, ages 60 and 16, and the other a 25-year-old man. On November 8, 1933, the 16-year-old was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years. The 25-year-old died in jail a month earlier.

Deputy Daugherty had served as sheriff for 5 years.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 10 years

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Cleve Daugherty was my grandfather. He was killed when my father was about ten years old. Cleve’s wife had died three years prior to his death, leaving four children as orphans. I do remember my dad and mother taking us to visit Dorcas, Cleve’s younger sister, but no other family members that I recall.
Now that all four of his children have passed, I’m hoping they are having a joyous reunion after being separated from their parents for so many years.
My father, and my family, did have the privilege of visiting the D. C. memorial. It was very nice, and I think that my father was touched that his dad, who he had to give up so early in his life, was being remembered.

Terri Ann Daugherty Foglesong

November 30, 2020

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