An Interview With My Father

Back in June 2015 I sat down with my dad and asked him about his life, what he’s learned, and how he wants to be remembered.

Timeline Of My Father’s Life

Childhood

  • 1940 – 1945 = Early childhood in Shreveport during WW II, dad in Army Air Corp, flew B-17s out of England
  • 1945 – 1946 = Moved to College Park and Fairburn, dad starts with Eastern Airlines
  • 1946 – 1949 = Moved to New Orleans, attended Gentilly Terrace thru early 4th grade
  • 1949 – 1952 = Moved to Houston, attended Golfcrest 4th and 5th grade, Lora B Peck, 6th grade
      • First job – Paper route, summer between 6th and 7th grade
      • Cried when told we were moving to Atlanta, EAL closed base
  • June 1950 = Moved to Mountain View, California at start of Korean War, Dad flies air lift out of SF, start 5th grade there, only there for three months and then back to Houston
  • 1952 – 1953 = Moved to East Point, attended most of 7th grade at Central Park
  • 1953 – 1953 = Moved to Ardley Road, Atlanta; Finished 7th grade at J C Harris
  • 1953 – 1958 = Five years at Southwest High School, tennis team, VP of senior class, band
      • Meets Sue grocery store spring of senior year
      • Worked at Colonial grocery store starting summer before tenth grade until left for college, 
      • Also worked at concession stand at Art Theater, P’tree and 10th, summer before 10th grade

College

  • 1958 – 1962 = Graduated Washington & Lee, joined Phi Kappa Sigma, met some great guys and gals, and still see them annually except for one who has died, Ralph Wiegandt
      • Double Major – German and European History, 2nd Lt. commission thru ROTC

Army & Sue

  • 1962 – 1963 = Waiting to go on active duty, worked again at Colonial Stores
  • 1962 – 1972 = Married to Sue, Joseph born – 1969
  • 1963 – 1965 = Army active duty in Wildflecken, Germany.  Third Infantry Division,
  • 1965 = Came home on troopship, worked again for Colonial waiting to start law school, Internal Auditor

Law

  • 1965 – 1968 = Law School, Vanderbilt, was afraid reserves would be called up for Vietnam                                                        
  • 1968 – 2006 = Practiced law, mostly real estate
      • 1968-1974: Archer, Patrick and Sidener
      • 1974-1980: Hamner and Reeves 
      • 1980-1986: sole practitioner
      • 1986-2006: Levine and D’Alessio, purchased firm in 1988, retired 2006                                                                

Career & Mimi Hamner

  • 1972 = Met Mimi Tracy
  • 1974 = Dad dies at 53 years of age, cancer, June 30
  • 1974 = Married Mimi Tracy
  • 1974 -1976 =  Three motorcycle trips to the west coast, riding double, shipped bike home, flew home each time
  • 1976 = Built a house and moved to Fayetteville, still live in same house
  • 1978 = Michael born
  • 1980 = Kenny born
  • 1991 = Eastern goes bankrupt, tough time around the house as both of us had long time Eastern connections, Mimi there for 26 years   
  • 1991 = Mimi is hired by Delta, works there for 12 years, retires January 2003
  • 2003 = Both Kenny and Mike have graduated college and have jobs

Retirement

  • 2006 = Bill retires
  • 2006 – Present = Travel – I’ve been to about 56 countries and crossed the Atlantic about 40 times, Pacific 6 times  
      • RV
      • 18 Cruises
      • Passes 
      • Reading
      • Models
      • Family
  • 2010 = Mother dies, July 6, age 88