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Sheriff Buford Pusser’s Daughter Passes Away

By Josh Mitchell/Corinth Today

The daughter of famed “Walking Tall” Sheriff Buford Pusser has passed away, officials confirmed Thursday morning.

Dwana Pusser

Dwana Pusser lived in Adamsville, Tenn. and was heavily involved in the Sheriff Buford Pussser Festival.

An announcement on the festival’s Facebook page early Thursday stated, “We are saddened to share the news that Dwana Pusser passed away. Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers!!!”

A woman at the Buford Pusser Museum confirmed the passing of Dwana Pusser but did not know any details.

Dwana was one of the first people on scene of her father’s fiery Corvette crash in 1974 between Selmer and Adamsville, the festival’s website states. The legendary sheriff was dead.

Buford Pusser was sheriff of McNairy County, Tenn. and was portrayed in the 1973 movie “Walking Tall.”

The festival’s website says Pusser was elected McNairy County Sheriff in 1964 and that he was shot eight times, knifed seven times and “destroyed 87 whiskey stills in 1965 alone.”

His wife, Pauline, was shot in the head twice when she and Buford were attacked by assailants in a car in 1967, the museum’s website says.


  1. Alice Putnam Alice Putnam March 8, 2018

    So sorry to hear of Dwana’s passing. Her daddy was and still is one of my heroes.

    • Travis Reed Travis Reed March 15, 2018

      Sheriff Buford Pusser is one of my heroes,too.

  2. mike alexander mike alexander March 8, 2018

    so sorry to hear this RIP Dwana

  3. Tammie Jackson Tammie Jackson March 8, 2018

    Prayers to the Pusser family on the loss of a well loved lady now she is a special Angel like her father that can watch over us daily.

  4. Mmcelrath Mmcelrath March 9, 2018

    I extend my condolences to the Pusser family,so sad at the passing of Dwana Pusser..She and others of the Pusser family will never be forgotten. RIP.

  5. Don M. Hopkins, Don M. Hopkins, March 9, 2018

    So Sorry to hear of Dwana’s passing. I met her several times beginning back in 1975 when she came for a Promo for Kelly West Pontiac with Buford. I met her 3 more times over the years. The last time I saw her was in May of 96.
    She was always a polite & pleasant person to talk with. We had lunch with her at Bufords restaurant the last time I seen her.
    Dwana, I know you will be missed, not only by your family but the many lives you touched over the years.
    May GOD guide & comfort Dwana’s family through the days ahead.
    Rest In Peace!
    Don M. Hopkins, Chief Investigator, WPD, Wayne County, MS.

    • Don M. Hopkins, Don M. Hopkins, March 9, 2018

      THAT should have read 1973 not 75 my eyes are not what they used to be

  6. Mine too Mine too March 9, 2018

    So sad to hear of her passing. Condolences to the family.

  7. MrMrs Real MrMrs Real March 9, 2018

    Prayers for the Pusser family, Sheriff Pusser was an amazing man, his was an incredible lady. Now they are altogether once again,as a family.
    Our experience at the museum was very educational, thank you.

  8. Tina Tina March 10, 2018

    Just like her daddy she was a hero keeping her daddy’s spirit alive ! My daddy will be saddened by this he was hoping to get to meet her again

  9. Travis Reed Travis Reed March 15, 2018

    May God Rest your soul, Ms. Pusser. May you find comfort in the knowledge you are apart from this wicked world, and that you now rest in the arms of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, and are reunited with your father. You will be verybmuch missed. My love and condolences to your friends, neighbors,and relatives. God Bless you, ma’am.

  10. Sylvia Seales Sylvia Seales January 30, 2019

    I have kept up with the pusser family for several years I’ve watch the walking tall movies many times I wanted to go see the museum and me deana so sorry to hear about her death God rest her soul she’s been thru a lot her dad too.

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