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Richard Rufus Poplin

Richard Rufus Poplin, American columnist. Named Outstanding Citizen, Bedford Board Realtors, 1986, Service award United States Postal Service Southeast region, 1976.

Background

  • Poplin, Richard Rufus was born on August 10, 1918 in Unionville, Tennessee, United States. Son of William Jackson and Sallie Jordan (Brown) Poplin.

  • Education

    • Student, University Oklahoma, 1971.

    Career

    • Ranch hand Greenhagen Poultry Ranch, Petaluma, California, 1938-1940. Governor time checker Construction Camp Forrest, Tullahoma, Tennessee, 1940-1941. Furniture store clerk Russell Furniture & Mattress, Shelbyville, 1941-1942.

      Postal employee United States Postal Service, 1942-1976. Preacher Church of Christ, various locations, 1951-1983, Vinemont, Alabama, 1983-1985. Freelance writer Shelbyville, from 1948.

      Columnist, feature writer Shelbyville Times-Gazette, from 1971. Member council Florida College, Temple Terrace, 1975-1987. Elder Eastside Church of Christ, Shelbyville.

    Major achievements

    • Avocations: amateur radio, historical and genealogical research and writing.

    Works

    • Author: Silhouettes, 1969. Co-author: History of 10th District, 1986. Editor Bedford County History Quarterly, 1986-1989.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Membership

    Member Hospital Board, Shelbyville, 1971-1974. Member, treasurer, president Library Board, Shelbyville, 1958-1982. Member, secretary Regional Library Board, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 1960-1972.

    Member Shelbyville History Society (president 1970), Amateur RAdio Club (treasurer 1978-1983).

    Personality

    Interests

    Avocations: amateur radio, historical and genealogical research and writing.

    Connections

    • Married Bessie Sybil Russell, April 24, 1937. Children: Beverly June West, Bettye Dixon Prosser.
    • father: William Jackson Poplin
    • mother: Sallie Jordan (Brown) Poplin
    • spouse: Bessie Sybil Russell
    • children: Beverly June West Poplin
    • Bettye Dixon Prosser Poplin
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    Died July 3, 2006
    (aged 87)
    Nationality
    • 1971
      University Oklahoma
    • 1938 - 1940
      Ranch hand Greenhagen Poultry Ranch
      Petaluma, California, United States
    • 1940 - 1941
      governor time checker Construction Camp Forrest
      Tullahoma, Tennessee, United States
    • 1941 - 1942
      furniture store clerk, Russell Furniture & Mattress
      Shelbyville, Indiana, United States
    • 1942 - 1976
      postal employee United States Postal Service
    • 1951 - 1983
      preacher Church of Christ
    • 1983 - 1985
      preacher Church of Christ
      Vinemont, Alabama, United States
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