John McPherson moved to Searcy in December of 2012 from Russellville, AR after losing his wife (the former Hazel Morgan) of 53 years to cancer in January of that year.
John worked 36 years for the USPS, retiring as Manager of Transportation and Networks for Little Rock in 1997. After retirement he worked 8 years for the Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, then volunteered for 8 years as an AARP tax aide in Russellville.
In 2015 a friend at church gave him the notice from the local paper about the WCCW writing contest with the deadline for entering the following day. He selected three entries from poems he had been casually writing most of his life and was awarded two third place finishes.
After that he started attending the WCCW meetings and entering other contests that resulted in some 20 or so winnings in less than 2 years ranging from first place to 3rd honorable mention and one 5th place yellow ribbon at the Arkansas State Fair.
Also, since 2012 he has had letters published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette about every 5 weeks on various subjects, mostly avoiding politics.