David Brashears, born in Harriman Tennessee in 1947, is known to many in the community as PawPaw, due in large part to the Brashears opening their home and hearts to families in their community, often stepping in for single moms as a babysitter, impromptu laundromat, makeshift shelter for hurricane victims, and a lending hand however and whenever they can. He and his wife of over 40 years, Suzy Brashears, have four children, ten grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Brashears, who lived a large majority of his adult life in Roane County laments having to move to Dayton, Ohio after being honorably discharged from the Army as a Sergeant in 1967. Though Roane County largely supported veterans in the late 60s, there were a few key hiring managers that expressed their distaste for hiring veterans to Brashears.
Thankfully, in 1976, Brashears was able to bring his family home to Roane County when he was hired at K-25 where he worked on various systems until he retired in 2007. Brashears says he is spending his retirement doing precisely what he and Mrs. Brashears love, taking care of family and now serving his county on the commission. Brashears goal is to do what he believes is right for the people of Roane County and himself because he is from Roane County.