Lowndes County Commission District 3: Bill Eger/Crawford Powell

Bill Eger


William Arthur Eger, Jr., “Bill”, was born and raised in Northern Kentucky where, like a lot of young men, he played football, basketball, and baseball. Probably because of family vacations to Florida, he elected to attend the University of Miami where he earned a BBA in Management. He was hired as an Executive Trainee by Sears-Roebuck, beginning a seventeen year association with the corporation. He served Sears in eight different southeastern cities. While assigned to Valdosta, he met and married his wife of thirty seven years, Gale Thomas Eger. She is a graduate of Wichita State University, Kansas and is a former ABC, CBC, and NBC affiliates anchorwoman and reporter. Four years ago, she retired from teaching Theatre at Lowndes High for 21 years.

Despite the many opportunities afforded him with Sears, Bill and Gale decided that they wanted roots for their children. They moved back to Northern Kentucky and were part owners in the Eger family’s wholesale Heating and Air Conditioning Company. The economy was rough during that period and so were the winters. Bill decided to relocate to what he considers to be his REAL home, Valdosta. That was almost 30 years ago.

Upon his return, he spent several years with Lee Office Equipment as Sales Manager and later as Human Resources Manager with Joseph Food Service. He became a small business guest lecturer at then Valdosta Technical College and also at the VSU Business Department. He then began his own rewarding career of teaching 5th grade at Hahira Elementary School, from which he recently retired after sixteen years in the classroom.

Based on the model he used in Covington, Kentucky, Bill helped to establish “Eggs and Issues” for the Valdosta/Lowndes County Chamber. Mr. Eger has been part of or an officer in, several civic organizations, including the Valdosta Lions Club, Valdosta Toastmasters, United Way, Georgia Bridgeman Boosters, LHS Touchdown Club, and VSU Basketball Boosters. He and his students joined Gale’s Off Broadway company in designing and selling “9-11” freedom bracelets earning $20,000 for aid and disaster relief. Bill has worked on behalf of Cystic Fibrosis and Childhood Illnesses, Cancer benefits, and has chaired other charitable events. He has served as a community coach for various award winning teams in several cities.

Crawford Powell

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