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Employee Memorial


Willoughby Nelson
1894 Brushy Mountain Correctional Complex

Bob Armes
1936 Brushy Mountain Correctional Complex

J. L. Sims
1937 Tennessee State Penitentiary

Glen Johnston
1937 Brushy Mountain Correctional Complex

Johnny Armes
1940 Brushy Mountain Correctional Complex

David Stewart
1941 Brushy Mountain Correctional Complex

Elizah Patrick
1947 Brushy Mountain Correctional Complex

Lem Heflin
1949 Brushy Mountain Correctional Complex

Don Crippen
1950 Brushy Mountain Correctional Complex

Joe Blevins
1952 Brushy Mountain Correctional Complex

W. L. Cox
1952 Brushy Mountain Correctional Complex

Ernest Massengill
1957 Brushy Mountain Correctional Complex

Elmer Henry
1972 Brushy Mountain Correctional Complex

Robert Burns
1978 Tennessee State Penitentiary

Ronald W. Moore
1981 Turney Center Industrial Prison

Donald G. Gammons
1984 Turney Center Industrial Prison

James F. McPeters
1984 Turney Center Industrial Prison

Delbert Steed
2002 Hardeman County Correctional Center

Frederick Hyatt
2003 Charles Bass Correctional Complex

Wayne "Cotton" Morgan
2005 Brushy Mountain Correctional Complex

Debra K. Johnson
2019 West Tennessee Region

Debra Johnson Memorial Plaque

On November 17, 2020, TDOC officially unveiled the Debra K. Johnson Rehabilitation Center memorial plaque and signage in honor of Correctional Administrator Debra K. Johnson. 

Debra Johnson began her career with the Department of Correction on January 30, 1981 as a correctional officer.  She led a distinguished career over her 38 years of service to the people of Tennessee.

Ms. Johnson was an experienced and knowledgeable corrections professional who was positive and supportive with everyone she encountered.  Her fellow employees looked to her as a mentor and role model.  She was a co-worker, mother, sister, and friend and will be missed more than words can express.

Video:  Celebration of the life of Correctional Administrator Debra K. Johnson at the newly named Debra K. Johnson Rehabilitation Center.

Tennessee Correction Academy Employee Memorial


On Thursday, September 23, 2004, several hundred guests were invited to the Tennessee Correction Academy for the unveiling of the Tennessee Department of Correction's memorial to fallen correctional employees.

Guests included family members and descendants of the fallen, current and former employees and other dignitaries who reflected on the importance of the memorial's placement at the academy.

The memorial was funded by private donations totaling over $32,000, from correctional professionals throughout Tennessee. The memorial honors those who lost their lives in the line of duty and those whose daily sacrifices sometimes go unnoticed but whose work helps to keep our communities safe.