The author of SWORDS AND
PLOWSHARES was born and raised in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. He was educated in the public schools of
Greers Ferry and Quitman, Arkansas,
in Cleburne County.
He served thirty-seven years in
the public schools of Arkansas. Thirty-three of those years were spent as a
superintendent of schools.
He retired on June 30, 2001, and makes his home in Conway,
He has been married to Lena Dollar for thirty-nine years. They have three children: Carla Lynn Barger
Phillips of Boise, Idaho; Jeffrey Christopher Barger of Austin,
Texas; and Jonathan Curtis Barger of Monticello,
Arkansas. He is a grandfather of three: Hannah
Caralynn, Hayden Carl, and Houston Lee Phillips of Boise,
Carl’s hobbies are doing
genealogy research, writing novels, golfing, and spending quality time with his