Sheriffs of Winston County


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Willis Farris (8/31/1850 - 9/19/1853)
John Eddy (9/19/1853 - 8/23/1856)
William W. Shields (8/23/1856 - 8/?/1857)
Willis Farris (8/?/1857 - 9/21/1865)
William Verpo Curtis (9/21/1865 - 12/15/1865)
Jonathan Marion Barton (12/15/1865 - 11/28/1868)
Joseph L. McAlister (11/28/1868 - 11/23/1870)
Lewis A. Lay (11/23/1870 - 1/30/1871)
Hiram Adkins (1/30/1871 - 12/10/1875)
H.W. Mathews (12/10/1875 - 3/23/1876)
John Marlin Wilson (3/23/1876 - 4/2/1879)
George Washington Baird (4/2/1879 - 9/3/1880)
Alvin Webster Bonds (9/3/1880 - 8/25/1884)
Charles Franklin Curtis (8/25/1884 - 8/7/1885)
Reuben Humphrey Gaines (9/21/1885 - Abt. 2/20/1888)
William Riley Bonds, Jr. (3/12/1888 - 9/4/1888)
Thomas Franklin Mitchell (9/4/1888 - 9/1/1892)
David Wesley Penn (9/1/1892 - 9/1/1896)
Joel Marion Ward (9/1/1896 - 9/1/1900)
Joseph Warren Maxwell (9/1/1900 - 1/1/1907)
William Thomas Williams (1/1/1907 - 1/?/1911)
Newton Byrd Aaron (1/?/1911 - 1/18/1915)
William Thomas Williams (1/18/1915 - 1/21/1919)
John William Robinson (1/21/1919 - 1/15/1923)
Newton Byrd Aaron (1/15/1923 - 1/17/1927)
Grover Burton Baggett (1/17/1927 - 1/19/1931)
William James Roby "Sterling" Crittenden (1/19/1931 - 1/15/1935)
Charles Oliver "Ollie" Hunter (1/15/1935 - 1/16/1939)
William Marshall Bonds (1/16/1939 - 1/19/1943)
Charles Oliver "Ollie" Hunter (1/19/1943 - 1/20/1951)
Clifford Peak (1/20/1951 - 8/7/1951)
James Rufus "Red" Nichols (Acting Sheriff) (8/7/1951 - 9/6/1951)
William Roy Posey (9/6/1951 - 9/9/1954)
James Rufus "Red" Nichols (Acting Sheriff) (9/9/1954 - 9/11/1954)
Benjamin Garland Dodd (9/11/1954 - 1/17/1955)
George Cranford "Crant" Berry (1/17/1955 - 1/14/1963)
William Raymond Cobb (1/14/1963 - 1/19/1971)
Elton Ottis "Cotton" Townsend (1/19/1971 - 1/19/1987)
Gerald Hobby Walker (1/20/1987 - 1/16/1995)
David Doyce Sutherland (1/17/1995 - 11/3/2000)
Elton Edward Townsend (11/3/2000 - 1/17/2011)
Richard Walton Harris (1/17/2011 - 1/19/2015)
Gerald Hobby Walker (1/19/2015 - 2/24/2016)
James Larry Gilliland (Acting Sheriff) (2/24/2016 - 3/14/2016)
Tommy Joe Moore (3/14/2016 - 12/31/2019)
Horace Dewayne Moore (1/1/2020 - Present)


Four officers have been killed in the line of duty in Winston County:
Deputy Sheriff George W. Elliott
Sheriff Clifford Peak
Deputy Sheriff Dennis Rowe
Deputy Sheriff James W. Taylor


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