Balford Duggan grew up attending Walden’s Creek United Methodist Church near his family home on Little Valley Road. Many of those who attended Walden’s Creek were related to him, so he was not having much luck finding a girl his age to date. On a Sunday night in 1933 he was persuaded by some friends to attend an evening service at New Era Baptist Church where he was told there were some attractive, eligible young women. During the service, a young lady caught his eye. Her name was Alice Flynn, and someone introduced them after the benediction. On June 25, 1933, Balford and Alice were married by the county judge while sitting in his 1926 Model T Ford.

Harley Balford Duggan was born on Jan. 22, 1909. He was the youngest of eleven children of George Calvin Duggan and Diana Benson Duggan. His siblings were: Ida (Lawson), Mattie (McGill), Lula (Andes), Pearl (Fox), Byrd (Sutton), John, William “Bill”. Oscar, Claude, and Vola (Helton). When he was 2, his father and grandfather built the house where he would reside for most of his life. He grew up hunting, fishing, and working on the family farm.

Carroll McMahan is the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce Historian and serves as the Sevier County Historian.