TOP PHOTO: Big Bill standing in front of his shop on 1st Street.
By Charlie Hutson
LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Hatfield’s woodworking shop was once on 1st street right beside Shelby’s Grocery, which is now the home of Pyro Shows today. The shop was owned by William Evert Hatfield the man many called WE or Big Bill.
He was a woodworking craftsman who built furniture like the grandfather clock he built for the Roach family that was in the lobby at Roach Mortuary. The clock is now on display at the Campbell County Historical Museum. He also built house boats and custom truck beds as well as the custom interior of the Shelby’s Grocery Bluebird Rollin Stores fleet.
Big Bill passed away in 1978, and Shelby’s acquired the building which was later torn down. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 03/24/2022-PHOTO COURTESY OF WLAF’S CHARLIE HUTSON-UPDATED – 03/24/2022-1PM)