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About the Author

Woody Patton Dewberry, known back-in-the-day as "Pat" to his hometown friends and former schoolmates, retired from AT&T's Sales & Marketing Department in 1996 and retired once again in 2012 from his transportation brokerage firm, Load Ranger, Inc., located in Knoxville, TN. After purchasing a trucking company in February 2014 Woody tried retirement for a third time on June 30, 2016 when he sold his company. Since 2011 Woody and his wife, Gail, have lived in Tellico Village near Tellico Lake and Ft. Loudon Lake on the Tennessee River. Woody is now enjoying the camaraderie of his veteran friends as a member of  the Tellico Lake American Legion Post 256. Beside the enjoyment of writing, Woody enjoys reading, playing cards with friends, listening to contemporary jazz, and occasional day trips to the nearby Smoky Mountains, which he enjoys viewing from his home. Woody enjoys travel, cheering for the Tennessee Vols sports teams and celebrating "Tater Town" festivities with his treasured friends on Labor Day weekend in his hometown, hallowed be the name, Gleason, TN.


Dedication ~ Preface ~ Introduction

     Ode to "Miss Opal"

 Oh My...Oh My Gosh !!!

Number 17

 Mama Tilley

What's In A Name?

Farm (Ouch) Economics

Tough Friend, Good Friend Billy Ray Tuck

When We Were Boys 

That Boy Can Pop A Shine Rag

"Miss Lucy" and Mr. Paul

Love and Other Hallucinogens

Dance Challenged

Least Expected

Motorcycle Mayhem

Steak! It's What's for Dinner

Smart Girls

The Learning Curve

The Shimmy

When Time Is No Longer a Friend

A Rock Quarry and She Meant It


All of Our Yesterdays

A Tribute to Opal Richee Dellinger

To Order a Copy of "Tater Town" E-mail Pat at

While supplies last, should you want a single copy of the book, the book is free to anyone who is or was a Gleason School student or teacher, regardless of the school year ($4.22 shipping). The cost for others is $15.00 per book plus $4.22 shipping.



 1996                              2008                               2013


Picture taken on the occasion of  Pat's four books being presented to the Gleason Library on Tuesday March 5th, 2018


Customer Review

Teacher's Pets Oughta Be on a Leash Too

by Southern in Tennessee (April 16, 2013)


Woody is the quintessential storyteller in the best Southern tradition. This book is a collection of short stories told about life in rural Gleason, Weakley County, Tennessee beginning with his first grade in school, 1951 - 1952, his exciting teen years in school, 1959 - 1963, and culminating with his marriage at age twenty in 1965. If you remember your first "true love"  as a teenager and the loss of that love you'll want to read this book. Other experiences shared in the book will "ring a bell" with reader's about some of their own youthful experience during their "growing-up years as well.


Book Signing During the Tater Town Special 2013

Korner Kafe ~ Gleason, TN

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