Joseph Alfred Stegall

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Joseph Alfred Stegall (July 26, 1905- April 25, 1993) was a country music recording artist, minor league baseball player, and in 1990, at 85 years of age, oldest Chief of Police in the United States.[1]


Stegall was the youngest of 11 children, born in Henry County, Va, to James Alfred Stegall and Rosa Minter Stegall. He was a self-taught guitarist, and joined with balladeer Kelly Harrell to form the Virginia String Band[2]. At the time, Kelly, Stegall, and other group members were textile workers for Fieldcrest Mills in Fieldale, Virginia. They recorded with Victor Studio and OKeh Records until the depression when studios could no longer pay for backup musicians[3]

Returning to Fieldale Textiles mill, he pitched for the minor-league Fieldale Towelers and worked as the mill's special security officer.[4] From his post at mill security, he joined the Fieldale Police department, eventually serving as Chief of Police. When he retired in 1990, he was the oldest Chief of Police in the U.S. In 2015 he shared that title with Norman Mayer, 85, St. Matthews, Ky.[5], and in 2017, by Bob Smith, 85, of Forest, Ky.[6]


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