Deputy Sheriff Found Dead in Bledsoe County
3-31-1904:The Bledsonian- Banner Newspaper
Geo T. White, a deputy sheriff of Bledsoe County, was found dead near Atpontley Wednesday last week with a bullet hole through his head and a revolver with one empty chamber lying near him. He left Pikeville Monday morning on a train for Atpontley in search of an escaped prisoner named Walker, who was charged with selling liquor. While reached Atpontley, rearrested Walker and left that town for Pikeville Monday morning. He was last seen by Mrs. Tom Story, of Atpontley, who states that he left her house about 9:30 a.m. When he failed to arrive at Pikeville Monday afternoon his friends began a search for him but no trace was found of him until Wednesday morning when his body was found some distance from the road on the bank a small creek near Atpontley by two small boys. Coroner Ferguson of Pikeville summed and after careful exanimation. The jury gave a verdict of “ Came to his death by unknown person or persons.” There is no clue to the murderer, but it is thought that White was shot from ambush by a friend of the prisoner.
His body was carried to Pikeville, Wednesday evening and curried Thursday moring in the city cemetery. He was a good citizen and a splendid officer and leaves a wife and two children.
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