Rhea High School’s Joe Paul-In Memory

Rhea High School’s Joe Paul-In Memory

Joe Allen Paul was a 14 year old student and football player at Rhea County High School in August of 1985, when he died from injuries he received in a motorcycle accident. Around 11:45 am on August 14, Joe was traveling east on Hwy 30 in the Old Washington Community when the motorcycle he was riding crossed the center line and collided with a truck which was traveling west on Hwy 30.  Joe was taken by Rhea Ambulance to the Rhea County Hospital and later transferred to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga where he died on August 15, 1985. Funeral services for Joe were held on August 17, in the chapel of Sawyers Funeral Home. He was laid to rest in the Spring City Memory Gardens. Rhea County High School honors Joe Paul’s memory by awarding the “Twelfth Man Award” yearly to a deserving Rhea High Football Player.

Joe Paul Rhea High School

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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.

1 Comment

  • Wanda Morgan

    February 18, 2021 at 12:29 am

    I didn’t know Joe but I knew his parents.
    Such a very sad time for the family and all who knew him.

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