KCSO assistant chief passes away

KCSO assistant chief passes away

Assistant Chief Roger Wilson (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Assistant Chief Roger Wilson (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Knox County Sheriff's Office, as well as friends and family, is mourning the death of Assistant Chief Roger Wilson.

Wilson, 55, passed away Sunday night. He was in charge of KCSO's inmate program, which provides help to non-profit projects and to city and county public works.

"We are all deeply saddened at his sudden death," said Sheriff Jimmy "J.J." Jones in a prepared release. "We will all miss his big smile, his sense of humor, and his soft heart for anybody in need."

Jones says Wilson coordinated thousands of hours of work that benefited the Young Williams Animal Shelter, Habitat for Humanity, countless schools, parks, churches, and cemeteries.

Wilson started at KCSO in 1992 as a control room clerk, eventually becoming a correctional officer. He then worked his way through the ranks as a corporal, sergeant, lieutenant and captain, before becoming an assistant chief in 2008.

Wilson was also well known and respected in the Carter Community where he lived.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, February 19, from4 p.m. until 7 p.m. with the funeral service immediately after at MarbledaleBaptist Church, 5935 Thorngrove Pike.

The processionwill gather at Bridges Funeral Home on Rutledge Pike at noon Thursday. The graveside service will be at 1 p.m. at Highland South Cemetery in SouthKnoxville.

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