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Biography - Ronald Gene Falconberry

Ronald Gene Falconberry in 2001

Ron Falconberry (genealogy) was born on September 12, 1954 in Tuscumbia, Alabama to Ray E. Falconberry and Vessie Dawson Falconberry. The next year Ron and his older brother, Dennis, moved with the family to Nashville, Tennessee.

Ron attended public schools and attended services with his family at the Tusculum church of Christ where his parents still worship. He joined the Cub Scouts and was later a member of the Boy Scouts, too. He joined the school band in the Fifth Grade playing the clarinet and stayed in the band through his Junior year of high school. Ron graduated from John Overton High School in June, 1972. After high school, Ron enrolled in David Lipscomb College where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech in June, 1977. At Lipscomb, he was a member of the Tau Phi social club and he also joined the Lipscomb chapter of the Tennessee Valley District Collegiate Civitans where he served two terms as the district's Deputy Governor.

While in high school and college, he mainly worked for the Kroger company to help pay for school expenses but, during the summers of 1974 and 1975, he worked for the Southwestern Company selling books door to door. The first summer, he lived in Beckley, West Virginia, with three roommates and traveled through the mountains, valleys and hollows of coal mining country selling family bibles and other religious books. In 1975, Ron was sent to Texas with his brother Dennis and two other roommates for the summer. Back then, students selling books for Southwestern typically worked 80 hours a week, Monday through Saturday, for about 13 weeks knocking on doors and trying to sell books. It was truly a character-building experience and Ron has a lot of stories to tell about those two summers!

After graduating from Lipscomb, Ron started working for Castner-Knott, a regional department store, training as a manager but, over the next few years he switched to selling life insurance then started working for Robert Orr/Sysco, a food wholesaler. During that period of time, he started taking computer classes at Nashville State Community College (known then as Nashville State Tech) and graduated in 1985 with an Associate of Science degree in Business Data Processing. During that same period of time, he also met a young lady named Cathy Dalton and they were married on October 6, 1984, in Nashville, Tennessee. Their first son, Joseph, was born on March 3, 1987 in Nashville.

Ron began working with the State of Tennessee in 1984 programming computers, then moved to Louisville, Kentucky, in 1990 to work for the company that manufactures Porter Paints. While living in Louisville, Ron and Cathy's second son, Luke, was born on January 11, 1991. They were also active members at the Westport Road Church of Christ which is located in the Saint Matthews aread of Louisville. In addition, Ron returned to school taking classes at Webster University in Jeffersonville, Indiana (which has since moved to a Louisville locatioN), where he graduated in 1994 with a Master of Business Administration in Computer Science.

In 1995, Ron accepted a job as a computer consultant with Everest Consulting and moved Cathy, Joseph and Luke back to Tennessee. They moved into a home in La Vergne the week of Christmas, 1995, which is where they still live. Ron worked with Everest for over five years, but in January, 2001, began working as a Senior Programmer Analyst with Direct General Corporation in Nashville where he is currently employed.

Currently, Ron enjoys working on computers, surfing the Internet, and rooting for his two favorite NFL football teams, the Dallas Cowboys and the Tennessee Titans. Ron was a member of the Smyrna Toastmasters club, which is affliated with Toastmasters International from April, 1997 until October, 2002. Toastmasters is an international, non-profit organization that helps people develop their personal and public speaking abilities. He held a variety of offices with the Smyrna club during those five years including serving one year as President. He occassionally teaches some of the adult classes at the Smyrna church of Christ and is a member of the Education Committee which oversees the development of classes for all ages, recruitment of teachers, maintainance of educational supplies and resources, and special events for the children's classes. He is also a member of the congregation's web site committee which is currently redesigning and developing a new web site. Ron also, of course, finds time to research his family's genealogy and work on this web site.

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