Carter Sheriff's Office mourning death of Lt. Forrest Sharpe

John Thompson • Updated Jul 24, 2018 at 10:48 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The deputies of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department will be wearing a black band on their badges in mourning for the death of Lt. Forrest Sharpe, who succumbed to illness on Monday night.

Sharpe had a 38-year career with the sheriff’s department. He was hired by the department in 1980 and began as a jailer. He served under six different sheriffs during his law enforcement career. He held leadership positions in patrol and corrections.

Sharpe was well liked by his fellow deputies and was renowned for his quick wit and zany sense of humor. The short videos he acted in depicting a backwoods litterbug were hilarious and memorable. The videos were done as a community service promotion to discourage littering. He had a gentle nature.

“Forrest and I took the civil service test together when we first started,” Sheriff Dexter Lunceford said. “I knew him for a long time, both professionally and as a friend. I will miss him, and so will the sheriff’s office.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Lt. Sharpe’s family, friends, and the many deputies who had the privilege of working with him at the sheriff’s office.”

Sharpe was still on active duty with the sheriff’s department at the time of his death. He was on an a sick leave at the time.

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