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Beyond TheMountain:
The Climb is Challenging; The Valley is Beautiful
Author Bill Mclaughlin
ISBN 978-0-9814996-7-3
Publisher Waldenhouse Publishers, Inc.
Description Hardback; 6"x9", archival paper, 116pp; $29.95
Availability May 2008
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Mr. Bill R. McLaughlin 
2505 Cedarwood Drive, 
Germantown, TN 38138 
1bmack@bellsouth.net
The story of a young boy who succeeds at gaining an education and becoming financially and socially successful
Library of Congress Control Number: 2008931107  Bill McLaughlin, 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 education.
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 two grandchildren.
  Bill has been my friend since the middle 1940’s when he was only 10 years old, shopping with his parents at Hale’s 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 1950’s.
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.
Raymond “Dub” Hale, Broker/Owner, Hale Realty
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