Up In Pensacola is a collection of essays written over the
past several years, some of which were published in
Dockside Magazine between 2001 and 2003. Additional
essays, written since that time are included. The
objective of this book is to share with the readers some
of the seventy-seven year old authorís experiences
growing up in a big family in Pensacola from the 1930ís
until the present. The nearly five dozen essays
include many pictures that are relative to the subject
matter of the essays, which vary from humorous to serious.
The topics covered are from grammar school to local
politics and the concerns of family and friends during
World War II and much more. The love of community
and respect for fri
ends and neighbors is evident in the
stories about East Pensacola Heights and the joy of
summers spent in and on Bayou Texar. The love of
boats and fishing by the authorís family and friends is
demonstrated throughout the book, and includes accounts of
collisions and near involvement with U-Boats in the Gulf
of Mexico. The authorís faith remains intact as he
explains his journey from one church denomination to
another. It's a potpourri of stories which can
be read in any order, written in a conversational
style that makes reading it entertaining and enjoyable.
author, Charlie Davis, is a graduate of Florida State
University, with a degree in Insurance and Real Estate,
and is retired from careers in Insurance, Real Estate, and
Residential Construction. He is the father of four
adult children and the grandfather of nine grandchildren.
He and his wife, Sandra, live in Gulf Breeze,
About THEY ALSO SERVE:
knew he could get his ass blown off in Korea, but that was
a risk his government was willing to take. The story
begins in 1952 when the three U. S. Navy Dental
Technicians were assigned to the U. S. Marine Corps at
Parris Island, S. C. The three were unlikely friends:
Johnson, a self-professed "Redneck," and Dubeau,
a proud Cajun, were white and from the South. Carter was
black and from the North. They learned they would not be
going to Korea but would remain at Parris Island. . .
"till this damn war's over," said the Chief.
were bored, but life got better when Johnson won a classic
1939 Packard in a raffle, and they spend their off-duty
hours in the nearby towns and the Lowcountry Sea Islands
for beach parties and fishing. Segregation creates
problems for Carter, who falls in love with Maria, a
beautiful young lady from the Gullah Community on St.
Also Serve is a story of broken hearts, tragedies,
fallen comrades and hurricanes, but told with humor and
optimism in the vernacular of young military men, who
serve their country well in time of war, and
"cuss" just for the hell of it.
Up In Pensacola II:
Like the first book, the sequel is about local people,
places and events the author has known during his
eighty-four years "growing up in Pensacola." Each
chapter is a story, a memory or a tribute to an
individual or group. Meet local leaders in sports,
radio, military, banking, politics, commercial fishing,
the maritime industry, education and the legal
profession. Discover local heroes and some of
the people who have made Pensacola the great city it is.