Soldiers, Saints & Sinners: Stories of Long Ago

Soldiers, Saints & Sinners: Stories of Long Ago


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"Soldiers, Saints and Sinners: Stories of Long Ago" is a series of short stories about West Tennessee history, stretching from the pioneer days to more recent times.

The characters in these stories range from Civil War soldiers -- and a sniper, “Confederate Long Rifle;” to Lucy Holcombe, the “Sweetheart of the Confederacy;” to a con artist posing as a Baptist preacher, “The Holy Cheat;” to Roscoe Turner, amazing aviator and his pet lion Gilmore, “The Lion Who Flew.” Gilmore flew all over the nation and spent his last years sunning himself on an African lion farm.

Historic figures include doctors, entrepreneurs, pilots, game wardens, football coaches and musicians. We wouldn't have the Waffle House if it hadn't been for Joe W. Rogers, Sr. of Jackson, Tennessee. The music world wouldn't be the same without Carl Perkins, Eddy Arnold and "Sonny Boy" Williamson. These true characters laughed, cried, went to war or into business and shaped the history of West Tennessee, and in some instances, the nation and the world.

Take a journey through time in the pages of "Soldiers, Saints and Sinners: Stories of Long Ago." Our history is all around us if only we look. You’ll come away with something new to think about, and perhaps you’ll reach the last page saying, “Well, I never knew that!”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996345835
Publisher: The HillHelen Group LLC
Publication date: 12/02/2015
Pages: 172
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Harbert Alexander Sr. graduated from Jackson High School in 1957. He earned a bachelor's degree from the Virginia Military Institute in 1961 and a graduate degree from Rutgers University.
He served as an artillery officer in Schweinfurt, West Germany, retiring from the army as a captain. He is a member of the Military Writers Society of America.
He was associated with Jackson National Bank for twenty-four years where he served as president of the bank and vice chairman of the holding company. He was appointed president and CEO of Union Planters Bank of Jackson in 1988.
In 1998, Alexander was promoted to the position of regional president for all of the West Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi Union Planters Banks. The following year, he was placed in charge of all the Union Planters Banks in Alabama and Mississippi. He retired from Union Planters on June 30, 2004. Then he joined the Bank of Jackson as chairman and chief executive officer serving in this position until 2010 and now serves on the board of directors.
He served as chairman on the board of Lambuth University and was the past chairman of the Jackson Energy Authority board and past chairman of the board of Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. He was named Jackson Exchange Club's "Man of the Year" in 1991.
Alexander was the Madison County historian for 23 years and serves on the board of the Tennessee State Museum, appointed by Governor Bill Haslam. Alexander is active in historic preservation in Tennessee and has been an amateur archaeologist for more than 50 years.
He is the author of four books. He is married to Nora Dancy Noe and has three children and three grandchildren.

Jacque Hillman, senior partner of The HillHelen Group LLC publishing company, is an award-winning journalist with 30 years experience.

Allison East is a talented illustrator whose renown is spreading.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Chapter 1 The Holy Cheat.
Chapter 2 Early Settlers in Big Hatchie Country.
Chapter 3 Bombers Over Halls.
Chapter 4 Brothers-in-Law.
Chapter 5 Ghosts Around Us.
Chapter 6 The Lion Who Flew.
Chapter 7 Jackson's Grand Hotel.
Chapter 8 Old Times at the Ball Park.
Chapter 9 Football's Toughest Coach.
Chapter 10 Confederate Long Rifle.
Chapter 11 Tragedy in the Courthouse.
Chapter 12 Top Gun.
Chapter 13 The World's Largest Man.
Chapter 14 The Great Influenza Epidemic.
Chapter 15 Bear Bryant and Wallace Wade.
Chapter 16. Albert the Drinking Duck.
Chapter 17. The Game Warden, Ray Henry.
Chapter 18. The Man Who Flew Around the World.
Chapter 19. The Music Men.
Chapter 20. The Family Tree.
Chapter 21. La Belle Village.
Chapter 22. Sweetheart of the Confederacy.
Chapter 23. The Waffle King.
Chapter 24. Buford.
Chapter 25. Christmas 1945.
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