The daughter of Sheriff Buford Hayse Pusser, Dwana Pusser spent her childhood witnessing the extraordinary and heartbreaking events that won fame for her father and family. Dwana was born in Chicago, Illinois, but spent the majority of her life in Adamsville, Tennessee, the same town where her father was raised.
In 1967, Dwana suffered the loss of her mother in an ambush and lost her father in an automobile accident only seven years later in 1974. Dwana learned at a very early age how to cope with grief and hardship and has spent her life overcoming obstacles and inspiring others to do the same. Devoted to preserving the memory of her father, Dwana has also become a well-known figure in her community. She owned and operated Pusser's Restaurant in Adamsville from 1998 to 2006 and worked in radio broadcasting for more than fifteen years.
In 1998, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, but she has not let this slow her down. Drawing upon her rich reserve of family, friends, and faith, Dwana has spent the past decade learning to embrace the challenges of her daily life while continuing her work as an energetic and engaging wife, mother, grandmother, and civic personality.
Pusser is actively involved in Adamsville civic affairs, including the Chamber of Commerce, City Commission, and tourism in the state of Tennessee. She maintains a Web site in her father's honor and hosts the annual Buford Pusser Festival in Adamsville. She nurtures a deep respect for her father and her family history, maintaining that her father and his way of treating people has enabled her to “walk on” in her own way.