Maury County deputy dies after single-vehicle crash in Columbia

Jimmy Tennyson (Courtesy: Maury County Sheriff's Office)

MAURY COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Maury County Sheriff’s deputy has died after a single-vehicle crash in Columbia Friday morning.

It happened on Iron Bridge Road near Running Deer Drive around 7:30 a.m.

The Maury County Sheriff’s Department reported Jimmy Tennyson died from his injuries early Saturday morning.

Officials said it appears Tennyson, 64, was traveling westbound on the road when he lost control and went down a 35-foot embankment.

Tennyson, a school resource officer, was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville with life-threatening injuries.

The department said Tennyson died with family by his side.

“We treat all crashes serious. This does kind of hit home because this is someone who is in our profession and doing the job that we do so to see a vehicle that has blue lights on it that’s crashed up, and someone whose injured and has life threatening injuries, you do take it personal,” Sgt. Chris Dye said..

Visitation for Tennyson will be held on Monday beginning at 3 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home located at 609 Bear Creek Pike in Columbia.

(Courtesy: Maury County Sheriff’s Office)

A short visitation beginning at 2 p.m. at South Gate Church of Christ will be held Tuesday. Tennyson’s funeral will begin at 3 p.m. at the church located at 2700 Pulaski Highway.

He will be buried at the Garden of Grace at Maury Memorial Gardens. He is survived by his wife, four children and four grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to:
FOP James K. Polk Lodge #26
P.O. Box 891
Columbia, Tenn. 38401.