Walt Kaylor

Walt Kaylor

In Memory of Walt Kaylor who Served 46 Years in Law Enforcement

Walt Kaylor will always be fondly remembered. He had served the citizens of Rhea County in law enforcement for more than 46 years.

Those that knew him described him as a friend to everyone. He was the type of man that made an impact on your life. Walt consider his job to be more than arresting people. He viewed it as an opportunity to try and help people through troubling situations. He had a way of calming a domestic situation just by being present.

Walt passed away on June 24, 2002, from a brief illness. At the time of his death, he was the Chief of Police in Graysville, Tennessee.

During his long career in law enforcement, he held various other positions such as police officer in all three municipalities and Investigator and Chief Deputy for the Rhea County Sheriff’s Department.

Following his funeral service, a processional of over 100 cars consisting of family and friends were led by over 50 fellow officers from the New Union Baptist Church, through downtown Dayton around the courthouse, then through the City of Graysville where a number of citizens lined the streets to say a final farewell to the 79-year-old police chief.

Dispatcher Darlene Monroe,  with the Rhea County 911 Communications Center requested a moment of radio silence in respect for their fellow servant.

“Central Dispatch to all units, we request a moment of silence for Chief Walt Kaylor, this the 26th day of June 2002”.

Walt was laid to rest in the Rhea Memory Gardens.

Walt Kaylor was more than a law enforcement officer to me. He was my great-uncle, who left me with a lifetime of memories. Rest in God’s Peace.

Graysville City Hall

The Graysville City Hall flag is flying at half mast in memory of Chief Walt Kaylor’s passing.


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Born and raised in Dayton Tennessee, I have served in various public service positions in the past. I have a great interest in the History of our town. This site is a way for me to share some of the great history of the area.

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