Bill Homer, now 85, has been a resident of Huntsville for nearly 60 years. For much of that time, he was an unsung friend and mentor to thousands of youth in both Huntsville and Madison County. He never sought the spotlight or public praise, but Homer's career accomplishments left a lasting legacy, although he often had to work on a shoestring budget. Homer grew up in west Alabama and later moved with his family to Florence, where he attended college. He moved to Huntsville in 1960 to coach basketball at New Market Junior High and Buckhorn High. In 1963, he was hired by the Rural YMCA in 1963 and remained in that job for the next 32 years, eventually succeeding the late Buttermilk Johnson as Rural Director. He then worked 18 years for the Huntsville Parks and Recreation Department before retiring in 2014.