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Chief Deputy James Louis Wright

Polk County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Saturday, March 8, 1958

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Reflections for Chief Deputy James Louis Wright

Bigdaddy I've been thinking about you, Bigmama & mother a lot lately & wishing I could have known you. I know you're proud of me & my children, even though we didn't meet. My mother raised me right & the way our family is now is not what she wanted at all, but working on fixing that. She made Keith into a reputable man though after she passed he went astray from that. I wish someone would investigate & find yours & Mr. Roger's assailants but the TBI failed both of you miserably. I love you. Take care of Bigmama & mother.
Your granddaughter,
Michele Gregory (JoAnn's daughter)

Michele Gregory

June 17, 2022

Rest in peace.


March 8, 2022

Bigdaddy I miss you even though I never met you. I'm sorry its been 63 years & nobody has been held accountable for your murder. Carmel Gibson & the others who paid for your murder are passed now, except the waitress. I know Deputy Rogers family would like answers too. Know your sacrifice will never be forgotten. I love you.
Your granddaughter (JoAnn's daughter)

Michele Ballew Gregory

March 23, 2021

Big daddy I'm so sorry the TBI didn't do their job & find your & Mr. Roger's murderers & changed your bio to say they think it was political. It doesn't matter if it was political or not, you both should have gotten justice no matter what. I didn't get to meet you but I always knew about you, my mother was very proud of her father. Mothers up there with you now, praying you protect her from my father, & I know you will. I love you all & miss you terribly!!

Granddaughter Micheke Ballew Gregory

March 11, 2020

60 YEARS today Big daddy & still I don't know who AMBUSHED you & Deputy Rogers & nobody will do what's right & tell the truth. I know Mr. Gibson's family, Mr. Newman's family & MORE know the truth, idk how they live with themselves. I'm still asking questions & I won't stop until God takes me home. Take care of Bigmama & mother. I love you all & miss you everyday!

Granddaughter Michele Ballew Gregory

March 8, 2018

I sure miss you Big daddy. There's still no 1 been held accountable for you or Bob Roger's murder. The TBI failed you & him. There's still people who know the truth & I hope someday he will tell the truth. I love you. Take care of mother & Bigmama. Xixoxo

Granddaughter Michele Gregory

August 3, 2016

I sure am missing you Bigdaddy. I know mother is with you now & she's rejoicing being with you & Bigmama. Nobody has been held accountable for your murder. I love you & I miss you.

Granddaughter Michele Ballew Gregiry

September 5, 2015

RIP Sir... You are forgotten!

Former Sheriff's Deputy
Marion Co. Sheriffs' Dept., Indpls, IN

April 26, 2013


James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

March 8, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 54th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your grandaughters for sharing their devotion to you through her reflection.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

March 8, 2012

Bigdaddy, tomorrow will be 53 years since you and Bob Rogers were ambushed and killed, and still nobody has been brought to justice for this crime. I pray everyday that someone will come forward and tell who did this and why, they need to do the right thing finally. I miss you, even though I never got to know you, and my kids know about you too. I told them the stories my mom and Bigmama told me. We love you and miss you, and I'm PROUD you were my grandfather!
Michele Ballew Gregory, granddaughter
Heaven Nikole Thompson, great-granddaughter

Michele Ballew Gregory

March 7, 2011

Bigdaddy, it's so hard to believe that nobody has come forward to let my mother know who killed you and why, hopefully SOON!
I miss you so much, you were a shining example of family, you and Bigmama and you are both MISSED DEARLY!
Know I think of you often and love you dearly!
All my love,
Michele and Heaven

Michele Ballew Gregory

May 30, 2010

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 8, 2010

Bigdaddy, it's almost been 51 years since your death, and we still have no answers as to why. I hope and pray that the truth will come out so my mother may have some peace about your death, she has wondered for 51 years why you were ambushed and murdered the way you were. I've tried to get the TBI to re-open your case and they won't, no idea why. There are still people left who know what happened and why, but they won't talk so there is no peace for my mother. I think of you often, my children hear stories of you, stories passed on by Bigmama and Nannie, so they feel like they know you. I miss you and wish I had gotten to know you. We love you and miss you,
Michele Gregory, granddaughter
Joshua Loudermilk, great-grandson
Brittany Baine, great-granddaughter
Heaven Thompson, great-granddaughter

Michele Ballew Gregory

February 22, 2009



March 11, 2008

Rest in Peace Chief Deputy Wright...Watch over those of us who now patrol Polk County...You are not forgotten

Tennessee Highway Patrol

January 14, 2007

Bigdaddy, I'm your youngest grandchild and although I never knew you, I'm proud to be your granddaughter. My mom and dad, Keith and JoAnn, you'd be proud of them, they raised 2 girls, have a beautiful home and are very respected and well liked people.
I have 3 children, Joshua, Brittany and Heaven, your great-grandchildren, and I know you'd be proud of all of them. I hope you and Bigmama are having a great time together, I know she missed you. She told me stories about you when I was growing up. I was very close to her, loved to spend time with her, and miss her dearly too! Take care of her Bigdaddy, she's a special lady.
I pray someday the truth will come out about how and why you died, your death was senseless and so was Deputy Rogers, so uncalled for. I think about you often, please know that I love you Bigdaddy!
Hugs and Kisses,
Your Granddaughter

Michele Ballew Gregory

October 28, 2006

Big Daddy, I never knew you. You were gone before I was born to JoAnn and Keith. I did get to know Big Mama well, and have to say that you were blessed with her. My mom has led a moral life. I know you would be so proud of her. Thank you for giving your life for the values you believed in. May God Bless and keep you. Enjoy Big Mama again. I know you are together. Your grandaughter, Yvonne

Yvonne Ballew Coleman

July 8, 2006



March 8, 2004

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