Tennessee Executions

Until 1913, all individuals convicted of a capital offense were hanged. There are no official records of the number or names of those executed. From 1913 to 1915, there was no capital punishment in Tennessee. C. Rye was Governor during the first execution by electrocution. From 1916 until 1960, 125 persons were executed by electrocution in Tennessee. In 2000, lethal injection replaced electrocution as the primary method of execution. In September, 2007 the first electrocution in 47 years was carried out.

   

NAME

RACE

OFFENSE

COUNTY

DATE OF EXECUTION

   

Julius Morgan

Black

Rape

Dyer

July 13, 1916

J. D. Williams

Black

Rape

Giles

July 8, 1918

Eddie Alsup

Black

Rape

Giles

July 8, 1918

Frank Ewing

Black

Rape

Davidson

May 31, 1919

Winfred Walker

Black

Rape

Jefferson

January 8, 1920

Lorenzo Young

Black

Murder

Shelby

September 3, 1920

Cyre Mus Jackson

Black

Murder

Hamilton

August 3, 1921

Taylor Neal

Black

Murder

Hamilton

August 3, 1921

Hamp Gholston

Black

Murder

Shelby

August 17, 1921

Chesley Graham

Black

Murder

Hardin

August 17, 1921

Will Allen

Black

Murder

Hardin

August 17, 1921

John Green

White

Murder

Washington

February 17, 1922

Asbury Fields

White

Murder

Bradley

February 18, 1922

Tom Christmas

White

Murder

Anderson

March 1, 1922

Charles Petree

White

Murder

Anderson

March 1, 1922

John McClure

White

Murder

Anderson

March 1, 1922

Otto Stephens

White

Murder

Anderson

March 1, 1922

Maurice Mays

Black

Murder

Knox

March 15, 1922

Granville Bunch

White

Murder

Anderson

April 11, 1922

William Dwight

Black

Murder

Hamilton

July 25, 1922

Austin Harris

Black

Murder

Madison

August 15, 1922

Jim McElroy

White

Murder

Roane

August 15, 1922

Bin Burchfield

White

Murder

Sullivan

January 14, 1925

Robert Tate

White

Murder

Marion

November 5, 1925

Charley Barr

Black

Murder

Shelby

August 29, 1926

John F. Webb

Black

Rape

Shelby

May 20, 1927

John H. Wallace

Black

Murder

Rutherford

May 25, 1927

Herman Coggins

White

Rape

Davidson

November 10, 1927

Ben Fowler

White

Murder

Scott

January 25, 1928

Will Terrill

Black

Rape

Davidson

June 19, 1929

Henry

Black

Rape

Davidson

August 22, 1929

John Jones

Black

Murder

Roane

February 14, 1930

Carey Gune

Black

Rape

Hardeman

March 14, 1930

J.T. Harris

Black

Murder

Knox

January 22, 1931

John T. Shaw

Black

Murder

Davidson

July 3, 1931

Oscar Bevins

Black

Rape

Hamilton

September 7, 1933

Andrew Wilcoxson

Black

Rape

Hamilton

September 7, 1933

Willie Jones

Black

Murder

Shelby

October 30, 1933

Jim Allen

Black

Murder

Knox

January 5, 1934

Joe Emmory

Black

Murder

Knox

February 5, 1934

James Swann

Black

Murder

Jefferson

February 5, 1934

Louis Fain

Black

Murder

Knox

February 5, 1934

Percy Smith

Black

Rape

Shelby

April 4, 1934

Frank Mays

Black

Rape

Shelby

April 4, 1934

Jasper Graham

Black

Rape

Shelby

April 4, 1934

James Pillow

Black

Murder

Shelby

September 1, 1934

John Deal

Black

Murder

Shelby

September 1, 1934

Bill Lee

White

Murder

Monroe

January 2, 1936

Walter Kennedy

White

Murder

Anderson

January 2, 1936

Louis Willis

Black

Murder

Davidson

January 2, 1936

Ernest Womack

Black

Murder

Warren

April 1, 1936

E. K. Harris

Black

Rape

Bedford

May 22, 1936

Curley Ballard

Black

Murder

Sullivan

August 11, 1936

James Smith

Black

Murder

Lincoln

August 11, 1936

James Clark

Black

Murder

Shelby

August 11, 1936

Elmer Barrett

Black

Murder

Knox

November 13, 1936

James Turner

Black

Murder

Shelby

March 5, 1937

James Taylor

Black

Rape

Davidson

March 15, 1937

Anderson Berry

Black

Murder

Lincoln

March 17, 1937

Tom Franklin

Black

Murder

Davidson

March 18, 1937

Gus McCoig

White

Murder

Union

April 3, 1937

Roy Wilburn Eatmon

White

Murder

Shelby

April 16, 1937

William Farmer

White

Murder

Davidson

April 30, 1937

Howard Dunn

White

Murder

Davidson

April 30, 1937

Jimmie L. Parrish

Black

Rape

Davidson

August 9, 1937

Fred Ritchie

White

Murder

Davidson

August 10, 1937

Gus McKinney

Black

Murder

Shelby

April 15, 1938

Arthur Mosby

Black

Rape

Shelby

July 25, 1938

Miller Tollett

White

Murder

Carter

January 11, 1939

Ernest Stanley

Black

Murder

Morgan

January 19, 1939

Frank Murray

Black

Murder

Davidson

March 28, 1939

Hyman Johnson

Black

Murder

Davidson

March 28, 1939

Hubert Harris

Black

Murder

Davidson

April 4, 1939

J. O. Martin

White

Murder

Shelby

April 10, 1939

Joe McKay

Black

Murder

Shelby

April 10, 1939

Willie J. Smith

Black

Murder

Shelby

April 10, 1939

Willie Williams

Black

Murder

Davidson

April 15, 1939

Harley Evans

White

Murder

Fentress

August 28, 1939

Clyde Willis

White

Rape

Knox

January 10, 1940

A. C. Mobley

Black

Rape

Shelby

March 15, 1940

James Goodin

Black

Murder

Shelby

September 4, 1940

William Henry

White

Murder

Dyer

September 4, 1940

Van Gilmore

Black

Rape

Shelby

April 18, 1941

Walter Reed

Black

Murder

Hamilton

July 18, 1941

Willie L. Porter

Black

Murder

Madison

July 24, 1941

Carl Cole

Black

Murder

Madison

July 24, 1941

Lawrence West

Black

Murder

Montgomery

July 30, 1941

Roy Walden

White

Rape

Knox

February 13, 1942

John Dockery

White

Rape

Knox

February 14, 1942

Ernest Dixon

White

Rape

Knox

February 14, 1942

Clarence May

White

Murder

Sequatchie

March 20, 1942

John H. Goods

Black

Murder

Shelby

March 20, 1942

William Headen

White

Murder

Polk

March 30, 1943

Robert Cannon

Black

Murder

Shelby

March 30, 1943

James Tucker

White

Murder

Davidson

July 15, 1943

Marshall Spigner

White

Murder

Shelby

July 15, 1943

Clyde Arwood (U.S.)

White

Murder

Lauderdale

August 14, 1943

Robert Hall

Black

Murder

Hamilton

December 15, 1943

George Hambrick

Black

Murder

Hamilton

December 15, 1943

Billy Dixon

Black

Rape

Montgomery

July 16, 1945

Thomas Walker

Black

Murder

Shelby

March 1, 1946

Johnnie Outlaw

Black

Murder

Shelby

March 1, 1946

George Douglas

Black

Rape

Shelby

July 5, 1946

John H. Luffman

White

Murder

Stewart

August 30, 1946

Alvin Hicks

White

Murder

Stewart

August 30, 1946

Albert Duboise

White

Murder

Rutherford

April 11, 1947

John Hodge

Black

Rape

Lauderdale

June 19, 1947

Fred Jackson

Black

Rape

Shelby

August 11, 1947

James Sandusky

White

Murder

Hickman

April 22, 1948

John Kelley

White

Murder

Hickman

April 22, 1948

William C. Turner

Black

Rape

Davidson

August 31, 1948

James M. Scribner

Black

Rape

Davidson

August 31, 1948

Tommy H. Taylor

Black

Rape

Davidson

August 31, 1948

Barney Thompson

Black

Murder

Bradley

February 17, 1949

Edward Watson

Black

Rape

Shelby

June 10, 1949

Paul Lacey

Black

Rape/Murder

Maury

November 25, 1949

Clyde Steel

Black

Rape

Knox

January 24, 1950

Samuel L. Voss

Black

Murder

Davidson

April 15, 1955

Harry Kirkendall

Black

Murder

Wilson

August 1, 1955

Charlie Sullins

White

Murder

Wilson

August 1, 1955

Robert Crenshaw

Black

Rape

Davidson

September 15, 1955

Robert Allen

Black

Murder

Davidson

March 15, 1957

Billy T. Gibbs

White

Murder

Warren

May 6, 1957

Thomas Rutledge

White

Murder

Warren

June 15, 1959

William Tines

Black

Rape

Roane

November 7, 1960

Robert Coe

White

Rape/Murder

Weakley

April 19, 2000

Sedley Alley

White

Murder

Shelby

June 28, 2006

Phillip Workman

White

Murder

Shelby

May 9, 2007

Daryl Holton

White

Murder

Bedford

September 12, 2007

Steve Henley

White

Murder

Jackson

February 4, 2009

Cecil Johnson

Black

Murder

Davidson

December 2, 2009

   
   
 

July 1916 through December 2, 2009

 
 

a. Black....................86

   
 

b. White....................45

   
 

c. Rape.....................36

   
 

d. Murder...................91

   
 

e. Rape/Murder............2

   
   
 

NOTE: One (1) white, murderer, executed for U.S.