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Danner, Kathy Kline
Darby, J.N.
   see Govan, Christine Noble
Darby, William J.
Davis, Cindy
Davis, John Neely
Davis, Skeeter
Dean, Robert Diel
DeGrasse, Samantha
Depp, Barbara
Deutschman, Ben
Deweese, Charles W.

Dickinson, Maxwell
Dirugeris, Daphine
Doolittle, Melinda
Downing, Sue
Draper, James T., Jr.
Dreier, Ted A.
Dubose, Martha
Duke, Julie
Duke, Lawrence
Durham, Jamey
Dyer, Christopher
Dyer, Gary
Dyer, Lucinda

Eades, Charles
Eaton, John Henry
Ehresman, Marie Little
Elam, Erica
Eudailey, Laneive W.
Evans, Sara
Ewing, James
Ewyn, Terah
   see Perkins, Theresa Green Erwin

Danner, Kathy Kline  (1967-  )
While Kathy Danner's father was in the United State Marine Corps she grew up in many locations. She learned to adapt and to see the possibilities in the variety of communities where they lived. She attended Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina. In later life she and her husband gave up two-thirds of their combined income in order for her to become a stay-at-home mother. The experience and the values it encourages are reflected in her writing and other activities.  She publishes an online magazine featuring advice and encouragement for busy mothers.  Her interests include gardening while she works from home. She is also involved in politics and was elected a county commissioner for Williamson County. Her book on managing finance came out in the recession of 2009.
  • Enjoy Freedom from Financial Stress, 2009

Darby, J.N. see Govan, Christine Noble

Darby, William J. (1913—2001)
Dr. Darby was born in Galloway, Arkansas. He earned his B.S. and M.D. degrees from the University of Arkansas and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biological chemistry from the University of Michigan. He joined the Vanderbilt Medical School Faculty in 1944. From 1949 to 1971 he served as chair of the Department of Biochemistry. Dr. Darby was a professor of both biochemistry and nutrition and president of the Nutrition Foundation. In 1972 he was elected to the National Academy of Science. He traveled extensively in third world countries to study nutritional problems. Interested in the history of medicine, Dr. Darby collected early works about various nutritional problems. He was honorary curator of the History of Medicine and Nutrition for the Eskind Biomedical Library of Vanderbilt University to which he bequeathed his collection of rare books on nutrition. He lived many years in Thompson Station. Dr. Darby is considered one of the leading nutrition researchers of the 20th century. Among his numerous technical publications are following:
  • Founders of Nutrition Science (with T. H. Jukes), 1992
  • How Serious a Problem Is Alcoholism? (with Glenn Everett), 1985
  • Annual Review of Nutrition, 1981
  • Fermented Food Beverages in Nutrition (with C. F. Gastineau and T. B. Turner), 1979
  • Food: The Gift of Osiris (with P. Ghalioungui and L. Grivetti), 1977
  • Food and Science with Gwen Lan, 1961
  • Nutrition and Diet in Health and Disease (with J. S. McLester), 1952

Davis, Cindy

Cindy Davis holds a PhD in social work and is a university professor. She has written extensively in academic journals and has published academic books. This is her first travel book and first book for children and young teens. This book is coauthored by her ten-year-old daughter, Ali Rollason. Cindy spent several years backpacking around Southeast Asia and Africa with her partner, Steve Rollason. They have lived in Hong Kong and Australia. Their son, Zak, was born in Australia in 1999. She currently lives in Franklin, Tennessee, and travels overseas whenever possible.

  • We're Doing WHAT For Summer Vacation?, 2013
Author Cindy Davis

Davis, John Neely
Tennessee native and veteran of the whitewaters of West Virginia's Gauley, Russell Fork, and New River, John Neely Davis knows the thrill of the rapids. He is equally familiar with the manufacture of southern "moonshine" and the lifestyle of the rural south. He lives with his wife Jayne in historic Franklin, Tennessee.
  • Bear Shadow, 2014
  • The Sixth William, 2012
Author John Neely Davis

Davis, Skeeter (1931-  )
Skeeter Davis was born Mary Frances Penick in Dry Ridge, Kentucky, the oldest of seven children. She began her singing and recording career in 1953 as half of a duo called the Davis Sisters. In 1958 she started an independent career under the guidance of Chet Atkins. In 1959 she joined the Grand Ole Opry and recorded her first top-ten record.  Her song "End of the World" was the first female country-pop crossover. Her autobiography tells her life "with humor and vitality." A resident of Williamson County, she appeared regularly at the Opry for many years. With Cathy Pelletier, she has authored an inspiring Christmas memory.
  • The Christmas Note with Cathy Pelletier, 1997
  • Bus Fare to Kentucky, 1993

Dean, Robert Diel  (1954-  )
A Missourian by birth and education, Robert Dean developed his Civil War interest in Texas and Tennessee. While working for Word Records in Dallas, he joined a Civil War re-enactment group. After his move to Williamson County in 1993, settling in Franklin's Cottonwood, he remained interested in the Civil War and was involved in many kinds of writing. When TNT made a TV movie on Andersonville Prison, Dean was an extra in it. Later, in 1996, finding a little time between jobs, he started on his book, the story of a captured 15 year-old Union drummer boy and a bitter young Confederate prison guard. The fact that his son was twelve at the time influenced him to choose a teenaged protagonist and to write for a young audience.
  • Echoes of Andersonville, 1999

DeGrasse, Samantha (1981 - )
Samantha DeGrasse, a transplant of New York, grew up in the Bronx. She was into writing and the arts at an early age. At the age of eight she started writing in her journals, at age nine she created and sold her own handmade cards, and started her life in theater arts. From then on she knew her life was destined for greatness!

Throughout high school and college Samantha was in Off, Off Broadway plays and performed in children's plays every weekend. She also kept writing in her journals, telling herself that one day she would write books of her own. This is when the ideas started flowing about wanting to start, run and head a women's only self publishing company. In 2006 she self published her first children's book, "Jordan and the Red Silk Scarf." Samantha is still writing and publishing her children's books and anticipates the opening of her publishing company.
  • Taber is Beautiful, 2011
  • Jordan and the Red Silk Scarf, 2005
Author Samantha DeGrasse

Depp, Barbara
Barbara Depp, an Indiana native, spent some of her childhood years in New Jersey.  She has B.S. in elementary education and an M.A. in therapeutic recreation from Indiana University. She and her husband reared their two daughters in Williamson County where she taught fifth grade at Scales Elementary School. The book cited below is an aid to teachers in developing higher-level thinking skills for students at every grade level. Depp wrote units for upper elementary grades. She made outdoor education her specialty and co-authored The Guide to the Scales Nature Trail.
  • Creative Pathways: A Curriculum Guide for the Talented and Very Able Child (with others), 1983

Deutschman, Ben (1908-1975)
Ben Deutschman, the son of Jewish immigrants, was born in New York City. When he was one year old, the family moved west. He was a schoolteacher in Alabama, a disc jockey, a department store buyer, publicity man for Capitol, Mercury, and Decca Records, and educational director of Children's Record Guild and Decca. He was a member of the National Music Educators' Association, the American Musicalogical Society, the National Photo Technical Society, and the National Symphony League. Deutschman's novel is based on his childhood.
  • In a Small Town a Kid Went to Skul and Other Stories, 1971

Deweese, Charles W. (1944-  )
Charles Deweese was born in Asheville, North Carolina. He received a B.A. degree from Mars Hill College and his master of divinity and Ph.D. degrees from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. From 1973 until 1994, he worked at the Historical Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. From 1995 to 1998, he worked at Providence House Publishers in Franklin, where he was in charge of denominational and academic publishing. Since June, 1999, he has served as Executive Director/Treasurer of the Baptist History and Heritage Society in Brentwood. He and his wife, a teacher, have lived in Brentwood since 1981.
  • The Power of Freedom: First Baptist Church, Asheville, North Carolina—1829-1997, 1997
  • Defining Baptist Convictions: Guidelines for the Twenty-first Century (editor), 1996
  • Baptist Church Covenants, 1990
  • Prayer in Baptist Life: A Historical Survey, 1986
  • The Emerging Role of Deacons, 1979
  • A Community of Believers—Making Church Membership MoreMeaningful, 1978
  • Faith, Stars, and Stripes: the Impact of Christianity on the Life History of America, (with A. Ronald Tonks), 1976

Dickinson, Maxwell
Maxwell Dickinson grew up at Travelers' Rest Farm around Arabian horses and near the area where the Tennessee Walking Horse was being developed. Later she lived on farms in Williamson County. She has shown horses from Middle Tennessee to California, where she later made her home. Her revulsion at seeing the current mistreatment of Walking Horses led her to write a fictitious expose of current practices in the industry.
  • Big Lick: A Novel Dedicated to Animal Lovers, 1992

Dirugeris, Daphine
Daphine Dirugeris lived near Lewisburg Pike and taught at Scales Elementary School for several years. She wrote units for the upper elementary grades for the work cited below. Fellow teachers remember her for the creative energy with which she enriched both students and faculty, especially with projects involving plants and crafts.  Upon retirement, she and her husband moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, to be with her family.
  • Creative Pathways: A Curriculum Guide for the Talented and Very Able Child (with others), 1983   

Doolittle, Melinda (1977 - )
Born In St. Louis, Missouri and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Melinda came to Middle Tennessee as a student at Belmont University majoring in music. She went on to be a successful professional musician achieving national recognition. She was a finalist on season six of American Idol, then released her debut album, "Coming Back to You." Residing in Franklin, she works from the base of the Nashville music scene. Melinda has sung at the White House, the Musicians Hall of Fame and the Kennedy Center. She has also visited Zambia, Africa with Laura Bush in 2008 to promote the charity "Malaria No More." Her first book is an autobiography based on her belief that her success is directly proportional to her investment in encouraging others.
  • Beyond Me, 2010
Melinda Doolittle

Downing, Sue
Sue Downing has directed Christian education and coordinated large church children's programs for United Methodist churches in Knoxville and Franklin. She has also been a teacher at the day school of the Brentwood United Methodist Church. She has served as the Tennessee Conference Children's Coordinator of the United Methodist Church and is trained in special and elementary education from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.
  • Hand in Hand: Growing Spiritually with Our Children, 1998
  • Prayers for the Seasons of Life, 1997
  • Listening to Children, 1989

Draper, James T., Jr
A native Texan, James T. Draper Jr. received a B.A. from Baylor University and advanced degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Howard Payne University, Dallas Baptist University, and Campbell University. Draper served as pastor of Baptist churches in Texas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. He is a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, trustee of the Southern Baptist Annuity Board, vice president and president of the executive board of Tarrant Baptist Association. Draper has served as president of the Baptist Sunday School Board (LifeWay Christian Resources) since 1991.
  • Biblical Authority: the Critical Issue for the Body of Christ (with Kenneth Keathley), 2001
  • Where Real Worship Begins, 1995
  • Bridges to the Future, 1994
  • Basic Bible Sermons in Psalms for Everyday Living, 1992
  • Trusting Thy Word, 1989
  • The Unveiling, 1984
  • If the Foundations Be Destroyed, (with Forest E. Watson), 1984
  • Authority: The Critical Issue for Southern Baptists, 1984
  • Almost: The Conscience of a Nation, 1983
  • Colossians: A Portrait of Christ, 1982
  • James: Faith and Works in Balance, 1981
  • Ecclesiastes: Life Without God, 1981
  • Jonah: Living in Rebellion, 1980
  • Philippians: The Believer's Joy in Church, 1980
  • Foundations of Biblical Faith, 1979
  • I and II Thessalonians: The Hope of a Waiting Church, 1979
  • Titus: Patterns for Church Living, 1978
  • Proverbs: The Secret of Beautiful Living, 1977
  • Hebrews: The Life That Pleases God, 1976
  • Say, Neighbor, Your House Is on Fire, 1975
  • The Church Christ Approves,1974
  • Job: A Devotional Study
  • O Desafio da Palavra

Dreier, Ted A.  (1938-  )
Ted Dreier was raised on a Kansas dairy farm and educated at Bethel College, a Kansas Mennonite institution. He earned a Master's Degree from Wichita State University. His experience has been in teaching, administration, business, and consulting. Eventually he cut back his life style by 75% and moved to a Breckenridge, Colorado where he wrote Take Your Life Off Hold. Later he created Moozie (registered name), a robotic cow in his garage; Moozie proved to be quite attractive to children. Dreier founded the Children's Kindness Network, a non-profit organization, with the purpose of teaching children kindness values, beginning with Pre-K. The network includes educators and writers who create the workbooks, games, and web sites  accompanying the Moozie books. Dreier lives in Franklin, Tennessee.
  • Moozie’s Cow Wisdom for Loving to the “Uddermost”, 2003
  • –Moozie's Cow Wisdom for Grabbing Life by the Horns,1999
  • Moozie's Cow Wisdom for Life's Little Beefs, 1998
  • Take Your Life Off Hold, 1987

DuBose, Martha
As a child, Martha Dubose lived on Beech Creek Road in Williamson County, where she attended Grassland School. She graduated from Harpeth Hall and Vanderbilt, and then received her master's degree in journalism at the University of Missouri before moving to Australia, where she was a reporter and film critic at the Sidney Morning Herald. DuBose won an unsolicited grant from the Australian Commonwealth Arts Ministry for achievement in critical writing. Returning to Tennessee in 1979, she was an editor and worked in advertising before venturing into freelance work. In 1989, she moved to Bedford County, where she has lived ever since, editing, ghost writing, assisting with re-writing, as well as teaching for Motlow State Community College. Her interest in writing a mystery led her to look at the work and lives of other women mystery writers. The result is a study of twenty mystery writers and how their lives reveal the backgrounds of their books.
  • Women of Mystery, 2000

Durham, Jamey
Born and raised in East and Middle Tenness, Jamey Durham attended the University of Tennessee and did graduate work at Regent University in Virginia. While living in Williamson County, he garnered extensive experience as a film producer, working for Intermedia Television, based in Brentwood. He is a professor at Northwestern college in Iowa, where he teaches screenwriting, media writing, and film making. His book career was launched from the Iowa campus; it was followed up with the filming of his book..
  • The Prairie Pirates , 2007

Dyer, Christopher (1981 - )
Christopher Dyer lives in Franklin, Tennessee in Williamson County. He was born and raised in Panama City, Florida. His interest in writing began with his wife and children. His wife gave him the inspiration and motivation to begin his first writing that resulted in his first book. His children were the inspiration for writing eBook stories for children. Before he began writing, he was a fugitive recovery agent and bail bonds man for Rutherford County, Tennessee. He enjoyed that career because he was able to help people find their way again after having lost it.
  • Quotes for the Journey Through Life , 2010
Book jacket Quotes for the Journey Through Life by Christopher Dyer

Dyer, Gary (1954-  )
Several years ago, living with his family in Williamson County and working for the IRS in Nashville, Gary Dyer's surroundings seemed quite normal. When the Nashville office of the IRS downsized, he applied for a post in south Florida. His Tennessee experience with the IRS made his adjustment there easier, but the work was different. One result is his mystery thriller, which is fiction but based on the inner workings of the IRS. He writes under the pen name Vernon Gary.
  • Shadows of IRS, 2000

Dyer, Lucinda (1947 - )
The childhood pleasures of reading books and riding horses came together in adulthood for Lucinda Dyer. She grew up in the mid-west and Texas. She attended Southern Methodist University where she majored in film. She went on to work for an ad agency and in public relations at the Dallas Symphony, the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas and J.P. Tarcher Publishing before becoming a freelance book publicist. After living in Los Angeles for many years, she was invited to Williamson County while representing Peter Jenkins of Spring Hill, author of Walk Across America. She moved to Williamson County, Tennessee in 1990 and continues her career as owner of Publicity Etc. and contributing editor at Publishers Weekly magazine from her home in Franklin. Living in Franklin provided her the opportunity to have a horse and enjoy her love of riding. Her horse became ill and while caring for his rehabilitation, she saw the need for a book to help owners care properly for their injured horses. She suggested this to Trafalgar Square Books and the result has been a new career as an equine author.
  • Eco-Horsekeeping, 2009
  • Back to Work, 2007
Book Eco-Horsekeeping by author Lucinda Dyer

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Eades, Charles (1928-  )
Orphaned when young, Charles Eades and his brother lived in a children's home and then with foster parents who permitted the boys to keep their family name. After working his way through school and serving in the army, Eades began working as a CPA in the corporate offices of Emery Industries. Later he moved to Nashville as vice president of Ingram Industries and president and CEO of Tennessee Insurance Company. He has served as a County Commissioner of Williamson County. In 1990, upon retirement, he located an uncle on his mother's side of the family and began finding the relatives he had never known. This discovery led to the five volumes of family history he has published. In May, 2002 he became the eleventh inductee of the Goshen High School Hall of Fame at their 107th commencement for "lifetime achievement and outstanding service to our nation, state, and community."
  • Descendants of Michael Arbogast (ca. 1734–1812), 5 Vols., 1996

Eaton, John Henry (1790–1856)
A native of Halifax County, North Carolina, John Eaton moved to Franklin in 1809. He was a staunch supporter of Andrew Jackson and served in the U.S. Senate from 1818 until 1829, when he resigned to become President Jackson's Secretary of War. He later served as territorial governor of Florida and as minister to Spain. He wrote on political subjects and was a co-author of The Life of Andrew Jackson, published in Philadelphia in 1824 and reissued in 1974 with introduction and notes by the famed Southern historian Frank Lawrence Owsley.
  • Letters of John Henry Eaton, 1821-1840
  • Candid Appeal to the American Public, 1831
  • Life of Major General Andrew Jackson: Comprising History of the War in the South from the Commencement of the Creek Campaign to the Termination of Hostilities Before New Orleans, 1828
  • The Life of Andrew Jackson (with John Reid), 1824, reissued 1974

Ehresman, Marie Little (1929-  ) 
Marie Ehresman grew up in Brentwood, was educated in Davidson County schools, and graduated from Peabody College. She taught physical education in Davidson County schools before marrying and moving to a dairy farm in Triune. She and her husband have one daughter, a Vanderbilt graduate. Ehresman has enjoyed sports as well as genealogical research. Her books have been well received, requiring additional printings.
  • The McCanless Family of Crystal Valley, 1996
  • Williamson County, Tennessee 1830 US census, 1994
  • Lewis Johnson and Related Families: Edwards, Morton and Lawrence, 1991

Elam, Erica
A native of Franklin, Erica Elam has lived here most of her life and is a graduate of Franklin High School. Her second-grade teacher first interested her in writing. The professors at the Governor's School for the Humanities, which she attended after tenth grade, were very helpful. Elam attended Emerson College in Boston, majoring in drama and English. Her book contains more than ninety of her poems, mostly from the Governor's School experience and beyond; their general theme is growth and increasing awareness. 
  • Eleven O'clock in the Park, 1997

Eudailey, Laneive W.
Born in Murfreesboro, Laneive W. Eudailey moved to Williamson County in 1937 and graduated from Franklin High School in 1941. Her father was a Primitive Baptist minister. Eudailey was a member of the Williamson County Senior Citizens Advisory Committee and wrote articles for the Senior Sentinel, published by the Knowles Senior Citizen Group. She participated in a writing class at College Grove Senior Citizen Center. She has since moved to North Carolina to be near her daughter.
  • We Baptists of Wilson Creek Primitive Baptist Church 1804– , 1984

Evans, Sara (1971 - )
Born as the eldest of seven children in a New Franklin, Missouri, farm family, Sara Evans was early exposed to music and performance in her family's band. She sang as a child and began to have personal gigs by age sixteen. At twenty years old, she came to Nashville and soon rose to success as a singer/songwriter. Her skill in using the traditional country sound as well as more mixed musical styles possibly gives her special insight into the moods of traditional music. Thomas Nelson, Publishers, approached her to write a "Songbird" series of novels in collaboration with Christian novelist Rachel Hauck.
  • Sweet By and By, with Rachel Hauck 2010
Sara Evans

Ewing, James (1917–1989)
Descended from one of Nashville's first families, James Ewing graduated from the University of Michigan. A veteran reporter, he was a former bureau chief of the Memphis Commercial Appeal. He joined the Nashville Banner in 1973 as a copyeditor. In 1974 he moved to the editorial department and took over the paper's book page and op ed page. Ewing lived in Franklin until his death. In his honor, the Banner gave an annual award to the best book reviewer for the paper.
  • It Happened in Tennessee (compiled by James Ewing), 1986
  • A Treasury of Tennessee Tales, 1985 (revised edition with additional stories by James Crutchfield, 1997)

Ewyn, Terah see Perkins, Theresa Green Erwin  

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