Reporter; fiction writer. Born– September 29, 1924, in Lake Village, Ark. Parents– Charles Merrill and Ann Maples Heath. Reared by his grandmother after his mother’s death when he was an infant. Grew up in Scottsboro, Ala. Married– Mary Anne Stahler, 1950.  Children–three.  Education– Baylor School in Chattanooga; University of Virginia, B.A., 1949. U.S. Army Air Corps, WWII;  awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster. Employed as a copy editor by the Chattanooga Times, 1949-51.  Author of 28 short stories,  published in national magazines including Colliers, Cosmopolitan, Argosy, Collier, and Esquire. Died February 2, 2007.


Library Journal, February 1, 1955; Who’s Who in Alabama, Vol. 3.


The Earthquake Man. New York; Beaufort Books, 1980.

Good Old Boys. New York; McCall Pub. Co., 1971.

Ill Wind. New York; Harper, 1957.

Max the Great.  1977.

Most Valuable Player. New York; Harcourt, Brace and Jovanivich, 1973.

Sad Clown. 1956.

Temptation in a Southern Town.  1959.

Violent Saturday. New York; Harper, 1955.