Walking on: A Daughter's Journey with Legendary Sheriff Buford Pusser (Google eBook)

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Pelican Publishing, Aug 12, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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A fearless lawman on a crusade against the mobsters and murderers ruling the state line between Mississippi and Tennessee in the 1960s, Sheriff Buford Pusser was larger than life. During the six years he served as sheriff, Pusser jailed thousands of criminals. He was shot, ambushed, and stabbed multiple times. At one point, he even wrestled, and successfully defeated, a bear. Made famous as the Walking Tall sheriff wielding a big stick, Buford Pusser has been the subject of four feature films, a television series, and a handful of books. Now for the first time, Buford Pusser's daughter presents the story of the McNairy County sheriff's life and legacy as it has truly never been told before. Devoted to the memory of her legendary father, Dwana Pusser traces his life from his childhood in Adamsville, Tennessee, in 1937 through his death in an automobile crash in 1974. This intimate, thrilling, and heartfelt biography presents Pusser as only his family and closest friends knew him. From the highly publicized and tragic ambush that resulted in the death of Pusser's wife to the private, tender memories only a daughter can relate about her beloved father, all of the events of Pusser's life unfold in this engaging and exciting read. A well-deserved addition to the lore surrounding the celebrated sheriff, this title is certain to surprise and captivate old and new Buford Pusser fans alike. ABOUT THE AUTHOR The daughter of Sheriff Pusser, Dwana Pusser worked in radio broadcast communications for more than fifteen years. She is actively involved in civic affairs in Adamsville, Tennessee, and she keeps alive the spirit and feats of her father by maintaining a Web site in his honor and hosting the annual Buford Pusser Festival in Adamsville.
  

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This book is a very heart warming and down-to-earth depiction of Dwana's life and her treasured memories of her father, the legendary Sheriff Buford Pusser. Do not even start this until you have the time to read the entire book because you cannot put it down. I have read and re-read it and it is one of my favorite books of all time.
Thank you, Dwana, for sharing your intimate memories with us. Your mother and father would be very proud of the fine woman you have become.
-M.L. Paxton
 

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Contents

My First Memories and Early Childhood
19
Daddys Childhood
42
Daddys Early Adulthood
61
Daddys Life in Law Enforcement
70
Taking on Harder Crime and the State Line Mob
87
The Ambush of My Parents
102
The Aftermath of the Ambush
109
Back in the Swing of Things
117
Daddys Funeral
197
Picking Up the Pieces My Life Without Daddy
209
Losing and Finding My Way in Life
219
Preserving My Daddys Legacy The Buford Pusser Home and Museum
232
Walking Tall 2004
245
My Thoughts About Daddys Death
257
EPILOGUE
270
Buford Pusser Festival
273

A Childhood Resumed
125
The Calm After One Storm and Before Another
139
Walking Tall the Movie
153
The Death of My Daddy
181
The Death of Buford Pusser
275
Film and TV Credits
281
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About the author (2013)

The daughter of Sheriff Pusser, Dwana Pusser worked in radio broadcast communications for more than fifteen years. She is actively involved in civic affairs in Adamsville, Tennessee, and she keeps alive the spirit and feats of her father by maintaining a Web site in his honor and hosting the annual Buford Pusser Festival in Adamsville.

Ken Beck has been a features and entertainment writer for The Tennesean newspaper in Nashville, Tennessee, for four decades. He earned a BA in journalism from Harding University. The father of two grown children, Beck and his wife live near Watertown, Tennessee.

Jim Clark is a freelance writer who has served as the editor of "The Bullet" newsletter and associate editor for "Card Collectors Digest." He was the recipient of the 1987 IABC Gold Quill Award for Excellence in the News Releases category. Clark lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Mary.

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