David Alan Adkisson
(July 22, 1958 – February 10, 1984) was an American professional wrestler
who competed as "The Yellow Rose of Texas" David Von Erich
(of the Von Erich Family
). He was the son of Fritz Von Erich
and the brother of Jack Jr., Kerry
David was named after his mother Doris' brother David, who had died only months before David Von Erich was born in 1958. Doris' brother David had died of a brain tumor
David, along with brothers Kevin and Kerry, loved to hunt and fish with their father; Fritz. Hunting on the Von Erich ranch was quite an event. Many of their relatives and friends would join in and sometimes the hunting group would be 20 or more. WCCW Referee David Manning and WCCW Announcer Bill Mercer were quite often among the group.David's first love in life was raising horses, which turned out to be very profitable for him. He raised and sold quarter horses and horses for show and made his own fortune that way, apart from the family business of wrestling.
Adkisson was a high school basketball star and a football player at Lake Dallas High School
. He won a scholarship to North Texas State University
to play basketball and football. David dropped out to pursue a wrestling career that he had started in June 1977, adopting the name David Von Erich.
Professional wrestling career
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