Fulfilling a family legacy

Carla Bass
Staff Writer-Photographer

fathers-badgeThe Sheriff, David McKnight was re-elected and sworn in again for another term of office on January 1, 2017. His deputies have to be sworn in again afterwards. On Sunday, all deputies, as well as other elected officials were sworn into office. There was one deputy for which this day would hold special significance.

On October 19th, 2007, Marion County Investigator Dale Clint Sherrill’s career with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office tragically came to an end as a result of an on-duty vehicle crash that had occurred at the intersection of US Hwy 59 and State Hwy 49. He passed away two days following the accident, which had occurred on his way to answer a call. Dale, Jr. or “D.J.” as he is called was only 15 years old when the accident occurred.

At that time, the late Sheriff Bill McCay retired Dale’s badge and unit number, #504, out of the utmost respect and gratitude for his ultimate sacrifice.


A few years later, his son Dale Sherrill, Jr., enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he served honorably; including combat duty in the Middle East.

Dale, “DJ” , then chose to follow in his father’s footsteps…

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