|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from North Carolina's 8th district
January 3, 1975 - January 3, 1999
|Earl B. Ruth|
Willie Gathrel Hefner
April 11, 1930
Elora, Tennessee, U.S.
|Died||September 2, 2009 (aged 79)|
Huntsville, Alabama, U.S.
|Education||University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa|
Born in Elora, Tennessee, Hefner graduated from high school in Sardis, Alabama. He attended the University of Alabama, and he became the president and owner of radio station WRKB in Kannapolis, North Carolina. He was a member of the Harvesters Quartet, a group of gospel music singers based in North Carolina, from 1954 to 1967, and was a television performer on numerous North Carolina TV channels.
After retiring from Congress, Hefner moved with his wife, Nancy, to Alabama. He served from October 2001 until November 2002 as the District One commissioner for Marshall County, Alabama. He died in Huntsville, Alabama on September 2, 2009 after suffering a brain aneurysm.