A Long Way from Whitehall

by David Lynn Lyons



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/28/2014

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 212
ISBN : 9781480809512
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 212
ISBN : 9781480809505
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 212
ISBN : 9781480809529

About the Book

Author David L. Lyons grew up during the 1950s and 60s in the small community of Whitehall in northern Alabama. As a child, he dealt with abject poverty and the stigma of being born to an unwed mother, which greatly affected his childhood. Lyons realized he was different from other children on the first day of school, when teachers asked students to tell the class who their fathers were and what they did. He never knew his father. Instead, he was raised by a single mother—a rarity in 1947, when he was born—with the help of his maternal grandparents. In his memoir, A Long Way from Whitehall, Lyons recalls the adventures, misadventures, and unusual characters he encountered living in rural Alabama. He includes tales of family, holidays, schools, and childhood mischief, as well as memories from his time in the navy, his return to civilian life, his time in college, and his eventual career as a police officer and a commissioned officer in the US Army. Lyons also provides a collection of food recipes and home remedies used during his youth. This personal narrative presents a story of survival, perseverance, and the tremendous drive to overcome early difficulties. Lyons’ life story demonstrates that with hard work it is possible to achieve your dreams.

About the Author

David L. Lyons escaped poverty in rural Alabama through military service. He completed his GED while on active duty in the US Navy and went on to earn numerous degrees, including a JD from Woodrow Wilson College of Law. He is currently the chief of police and director of public safety for a coastal city in Georgia. He is married to his wife Cathy and has one son, Brad.