Resident Spotlight: Elbert “Bill” Cameron


Posted by Kia Crawford on August 4th, 2014 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did he grow up?

Bill was born on 3/28/18 on a farm near Tallassee, Alabama and he grew up in the same area that he was born in.  He grew up the oldest child in a family with 4 sisters and 4 brothers and today 3 sisters and 2 brothers are living.  With Bill being the oldest child he looked after and intervened and took care of all of his brothers and sisters and was always willing to help anyone in the family that needed help.  Bill went through the 12th grade in school and graduated.  Family states that for a time, he and siblings would have to walk 2 miles to and from school and then the school was moved and he had to ride the school bus to school and he felt lucky that he could ride the bus to school daily.

What are some of his favorite memories from his childhood? Bill-Cameron-photo1

Bill grew up in the country on a farm in Alabama that was named Shady Rest Farm and the family grew all of the vegetables they ate and they had pigs and cows and they would kill a pig each fall and have meat for winter.  Bill was the oldest child with 4 sisters and 4 brothers and he looked out for and protected all of his siblings.  He has good memories of going fishing and swimming in the summer.

What are some of his favorite memories from his adulthood? 

Family states that Bill knew his future wife, Lurlene, from their childhood and they got married at the court house right before he went into the Air Force during WWII. They did not see each other for the next 3 ½ years.  Bill, due to high test scores, was sent to military school to learn airplane mechanics and that is what he did in the Air Force. On return to US he was an airplane mechanic first in Alabama and then the Atlanta area.  Bill and Lurlene had 3 children; 2 boys and 1 girl. Bill has always been a big family man, loves his family, and is very active in Baptist church. He also loves gardening and growing vegetables and flowers, especially roses.

What accomplishments in his life does he feel most proud? 

Bill was proud that he was the first member of his family to leave the farm and farming as a job. He became an airplane mechanic in the Air Force during WWII and then he worked for Eastern Airlines in Atlanta as his main occupation.   He was also very proud that his children all graduated from college.  He was always very proud of his family, and if anyone in his family needed help that he would do all he could to help them.

Did he have a profession?

Bill was an airplane Mechanic all of his career first in the Air Force during WWII and then for Eastern Air Lines until Eastern went out of business. He took early retirement and then he got a Real Estate Licence and sold houses before he retired for good.

Is there anything he’s learned in life he wishes to share with someone just graduating college?

Bill would state to always persevere and never give up. Keep working through the tough times and eventually you will be OK.

Is there anything he’s learned in life he wishes to share with someone who is just starting a family? 

Bill would say to work hard and stay in the church and make a home for your family in the church so your family will be well grounded.  Bill was always active and involved in the church, and urged all his family to be involved in church also.

What brought him to Dogwood Forest? 

Bill and his wife Lurlene lived in The Village off Eagles Landing Parkway. Lurlene developed medical problems related to diabetes and had a series of mini strokes. Bill and Lurlene’s children sought placement at Dogwood Forest in 2007 for both of them so that they could get the care they needed. They would have fewer responsibilities and more opportunities for socialization with others to maintain optimal health and happiness. Lurlene passed away in 2009 but Bill has remained at Dogwood Forest. He seems content and OK at Dogwood Forest, saying that if anyone needs to be in assisted living that this is a good place to be with good care, assistance and food.