Thomson lost one of its most well known community servants on Sunday, Oct. 10. Retired Banker and former Thomson Mayor William C. "Bill" Leverett passed away at the age of 85.
"Bill Leverett has been a long fixture in this community, and he always stood for good, progressive things," said current Thomson Mayor Bob Knox. "He was a fine man"
Mr. Leverett was born in Lincolnton and entered the banking profession shortly after high school. He served in the army during World War II, traveling to Italy and North Africa. He even snuck away from the hospital and back to his unit when he learned doctors planned to send him home.
He moved to Thomson in 1946, taking the position of assistant cashier at the First National Bank of Thomson. He moved his way up the ladder and became the bank's president in 1969.
Mr. Leverett was one of the founders of the Thomson Ten Sixties. That organization had a goal of bringing ten industries into McDuffie County during the 1960s. It later became the Development Authority where Mr. Leverett served as chairman for 25 years.
His community service also extended into the realm of politics. Mr. Leverett served on the Thomson City Council and then as mayor from 1965-1975.
"He was on the city council for many years; he was mayor. He was a leader in the First National Bank, and a leader in our economic development activities for a long long time," Mayor Knox said. "So he will be sorely missed."
The McDuffie County Hospital Authority was also on Mr. Leverett's list of activities. He began serving on the hospital authority in 1969 and became its chairman in 1978 until his resignation in 1984.
That year he received the Governor's Volunteer Award for the State of Georgia. He also served as a member of the State Advisory Board of Agricultural Vocational Education and was a former director and second vice president of the Thomson McDuffie Chamber of Commerce.
At the time of his passing, he was serving as an Honorary Director of SunTrust Bank in Augusta and the Queensborough Company of Louisville.
Memorial services for Mr. Leverett were conducted at the First United Methodist Church of Thomson on Oct. 13 at 11 a.m.