The author was born on September 28, 1919, in the small town of Seminole,
Oklahoma. His father worked as a mule skinner hauling oil field pipe for a firm
by the name of Farley. His mother washed clothing for the oil field workers
while his father skinned mules for the Farley firm. During the depression in
1928, his father was forced to leave the oil fields and find other employment.
He found other work in the cotton fields five miles south of Temple, Oklahoma.
The family settled there and the author grew up and attended high school there.
It was known as the old Cobb Place. Times were tough and he wore his
grandmother's shoes to school during the school week and gave them back to her to
use at the end of the school day.
In 1942, he enlisted in the U. S. Navy and served 20 years. During his tour in
service he served on submarines, battleships, cruisers and Special Forces.
After getting out of the service, he attended Louisiana State University and
studied law and received credits in criminology and penology. He then served
fourteen years with the Department of Public Safety and Corrections for the State
of Louisiana. During his employment with the State of Louisiana, he was raised
to the rank of Lieutenant in corrections and worked at Angola State Penitentiary
and Wade Correctional Center. While at Angola State Prison, he worked on Death
Row and in the Death House. He helped execute the first prisoners to be put to
death in the Electric Chair at Angola, Louisiana after the death penalty was
reenacted in Louisiana.
This author was born October 30, 1951, in Stephenville, Texas. His family moved
back to Arkansas shortly after his birth and he first attended school in
northwest Arkansas in the small town of Winslow in Washington County.
His father was a minister and the family moved several times as he grew up. He
attended school in Havana, Arkansas and also Plainview Arkansas where he
graduated from high school in 1969.
Some years later he attended and graduated from a mortuary college in Dallas,
Texas. He and a partner now own and operate four funeral homes in southeast