I played D&D as a kid in the 80's and totally missed out on any anti D&D hysteria. I lived on the south even. Didn't hear about that nonsense until much later.
You have to understand the game was huge back then, much bigger than it is now. There was a Saturday morning cartoon, the game was sold in every bookstore and toy store. There were D&D clubs at school. My relatives bought me D&D books for Christmas.
Yes there were crazy religious attacks on the game, but no more than other pop culture like rock and roll. I grew up thinking Kiss stood for Knights In Satan's Service, and that there were secret backwards messages in my brother's Led Zepplin records.