The story of a young boy who succeeds
at gaining an education and becoming financially and socially
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the youngest of ten, grew up in rural West Tennessee where his
father was a sharecropper,and his parents, uneducated and economically
deprived, struggled to eke out a living. He left home at the
age of fourteen in order to achieve his goal of obtaining an
After attending Memphis State University,
he served in the military for three years, then moved to Chattanooga,
TN. There he joined his long time friend, Raymond Hale, Jr. in
the real estate business. Subsequently, he accepted a position
with Interstate Life and Accident Insurance Company in the real
estate investment department. While working at Interstate, he
completed his formal education at the University of Tennessee
at Chattanooga, receiving a B. S. degree in Business Administration.
In 1972 he moved back to West Tennessee. He worked in a real
estate and banking environment for thirty-seven years and achieved
a S.R.P.A. real estate appraisal designation. He retired in 2007
as Senior Vice President of Regions Bank.
Bill McLaughlin lives in Germantown,
Tennessee with his wife of 46 years.They have two children and
has been my friend since the middle 1940s when he was only
10 years old, shopping with his parents at Hales Grocery
in Halls, Tennessee. Bill became, first, a helper at the store
and then an employee. He lived with my parents, attended Halls
High School and worked in the store after my brother Bob and
I went to college in the 1950s.
Bill has climbed the ladder of
success through education, commitment and dedication to
his church, his family, his business, and community.
A Christian gentleman of honesty and
integrity, Bill is like a brother to me and is a friend I have
cherished through the years. You will enjoy reading his story.
Dub Hale, Broker/Owner, Hale Realty
Inc., 100 Clegg St., Signal Mountain, TN 37377 423-886-2721 888-222-8228
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