NC Literary Hall of Fame



Twelve Notables in Western North Carolina











Twelve Notables in Western North Carolina compiled and edited by Jack J. Prather

Future Now Publishing
$29.95 (hardcover) / $19.95 (paperback)
May, 2012
Available from the publisher

"Prather takes a fascinating look at people living the American dream by relating personal and career journeys in a fine book for everyone, not just those with historical interest."
--Bruce Chadwick, Biographer and Columnist

"This book is not only thoroughly enjoyable, it promotes the quality of life and strong business and professional spirit obviously prevalent in Western North Carolina."
--Douglas Laird, former County Chamber President

"Rev. Dan Matthews is one of the kindest and most empathetic people I've met, has unusual wisdom and depth, and is a constant source of support. He's a mixture of Spencer Tracy and Jack Lemmon, and I love his mischievous grin!"
--Katie Couric, ABC-TV

Twelve Notables in Western North Carolina is a collection of mini-biographies featuring compelling life journeys as told to author Jack J. Prather. Each comprehensive bio includes career and life highlights, writings by and about the Notable, and moving testimonials from such luminaries as Katie Couric, Doc Watson, former NC Gov. Jim Hunt, NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshal and NC Supreme Court Chief Justice Jim Exum. At 400 pages in length and featuring an astonishing 133 photos it is safe to say that Jack has genuinely captured the true essence of each and every one of these Notables.

The Twelve Notables:

  • Rev. Dr. Dan Matthews, O.B.E. - Waynesville (Priest at Ground Zero on 9-11 / Recipient Order of the British Empire)
  • Musician David Holt - Fairview (Grammy winning Musician-Storyteller / PBS-TV and NPR-Radio Hostf)
  • Captain Ray F. West, Jr., USNR, Ret. - Flat Rock (Moldova World Childrens Fund Founder / UNCA Distinguished Alumnus)
  • Judge Harry C. Martin – Biltmore Forest (Former NC and Cherokee Supreme Court Justice / Honorary Cherokee)
  • Olson Huff, MD, FAAP - Black Mountain (Founding Medical Director of Mission Children’s Hospital, Asheville)
  • Glenis Redmond – Asheville (Hall of Fame Performance Poet / Kennedy Center Teaching Artist)
  • Douglas M. Orr, Ph.D. – Black Mountain (President Emeritus Warren Wilson College / Author / Musician)
  • Billie Ruth Sudduth – Bakersville (Basket Artist / Smithsonian Collection / 1st Female NC Living Treasure)
  • Matthew J. Hayes, M.D. - Hendersonville (Pioneer of National Emergency Medical Services / ACEP Fellow)
  • Joe Epley, APR - Tryon (Global Public Relations Leader / UNC Journalism School Hall of Fame)
  • Richard Ritter – Bakersville (Glass Artist / NC Living Treasure 2011 / Governor’s Award as Fire Chief)
  • Julyan Davis - Asheville (Southern Art Oil Painter / Galleries on East-West Coasts and Europe)


Jack J. Prather is a multiple award-winning journalist, freelance fiction and nonfiction writer and poet, and the author of six diverse books. He is a member of the North Carolina Writers' Network and Netwest.

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