Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Paul Lynn Mooneyham, Sr.

Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee

End of Watch Saturday, April 4, 1981

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Reflections for Sergeant Paul Lynn Mooneyham, Sr.

Thank you for your service

Mark Mottola

April 4, 2020

Pau,l I remember you as a little girl coming down to see Daddy in Greeneville Tennessee. You and Daddy were first cousins. I always thought it was such a big deal because there you was a Tennessee State Trooper coming to visit us. I remember when Dad got the news that you'd had your heart attack he cried like a baby. Daddy passed away in 1995. From that day on you were together again never to be separated.

Sarah Mooneyhan Gregory
Daughter of Harley Mooneyhan

August 22, 2017

Once again I am missing you so much!!! As my tears fall I read the thoughts left about you! So I come here to feel close to you and on this Memorial Day, I would like to Thank You for your 2 tours of duty in the Air Force where in North Africa you were burned so badly that the doctors said you would never walk. I can still see the "squares" on your back where they grafted skin to put on your legs which stayed so scarred. And to have your ear blown off makes me hurt!!! You became known for that later. To have been flown to Germany to the burn ward and then Texas with such severe burns shows what a strong will you had! I saw these things through a child's eyes and did not understand until I became an adult but you were already gone by then! No one knows how much I miss you!!! Thank you so much for all of your sacrifices and I understand! Thank you again to everyone who has commented on my dad's behalf!!! God Bless you all! Love, "slick"

Teresa (Mooneyham) Mannering
Paul's Younest daughter

May 27, 2012

I never met you personally; but have always respected you for your dedication, and service. I well remember the day we were notified of your passing. Go with God and rest in his arms your work is done.

Retired State Trooper
Tenn. Highway Patrol

May 3, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 31rst anniversary year 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 the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.
I hold your family in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your daughter and friends for shring their memorie and devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace

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

April 4, 2012

I miss you so much and I need you now more than ever!!! You were the strength of our family. What would you think now? You were truly one of a kind and I am proud to be your daughter. People that knew you haven't forgotten you! I will see you soon. Thank you to all!
Teresa Ann

Teresa Mooneyham Mannering

June 18, 2011

Thirty years later, I still remember your family in prayer frequently, and remember the many times of your encouragement to me as a son of a Trooper, Lt. Lloyd Coates. You have a remarkable son, Paul Jr. who is an outstanding example of excellence in service. You will be always in my remembrances, my friend.

Chaplain Bob Coates
former Chaplain, 5th District, THP

May 10, 2011


Pat Van Den Berghe

April 9, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

January 30, 2008

Over 27 years have passed since your tragic death. Thank you for your bravery, dedication and sacrifice. May your family take comfort in knowing you will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN and will FOREVER be a hero!

DET SGT, Retired

July 26, 2007

Rest In Peace Sgt.


July 12, 2005

Paul, Its been a lot of years since you passed away.But I have never worked a wreck without thinking about you and how you Showed us green cadets how the proper way to INVESTIGATE and to use your word no shortcuts. What I know now and what I have learned since you started us in the correct direction. Most of us kids you trained are reaching retirement age now. But I have passed along a lot you showed us so you will always be there in ways. And when we talked about you it is always with the respect you showed us all those years ago. I alway INVESTAGATED and never shortcutted. Your legency will live on for a lot of years. I just hope that I am as well thought of as you were as I have tryed not to let you down.

April 9, 2005

May God bless you for your service and dedication to the people of this state,and may he look over you,and your familey

Trooper Larry Gladden

March 16, 2005

I know now what my answer will be when asked this question "Why do want to be a police officer". The answer is easy because of people like you. I will continue the fight of an endless battle. I will think of you each time I put on the uniform and head out the door. You are gone but not forgotten. You dedication to duty and fellow officers is an inspiration to me and many other officers still to come.
Thank You for your sacrifice. You can now rest in peace because of your sacrifice you give all of us the courage to continue to hold “the thin blue line”. You will not be forgotten.

Patrolman Dustin Jackson - Grandson
Mount Carmel Police Department, TN

November 29, 2004

You are gone but not forgotten. You dedication to duty and fellow officers is an inspiration to many Troopers still to come.
Thank you for your sacrifice. God bless your family

THP Cadet Class 404

February 21, 2004

God Bless

October 1, 2003

My father was a GREAT man, and a loyal and dedicated officer! He gave his life protecting the people of Tennessee! No one will ever know the amount of stress this man put himself under to catch the murderer of Officer Arthur Lane! I watched! Only a few people know what it was like to watch the life of this STRONG, DETERMINED, and YOUNG man end! I watched! I live with this every day of my life! Dad, I miss you more than these words could ever say! You are missed so very much! Everyone he came in contact with has a story to tell; if you read this please leave one!

Teresa Mooneyham-daughter

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