William E. “Bill” Page was born June 20, 1937 in Woodville, Alabama in Jackson County.
Upon graduating from Woodville High School in May 1954, Bill enrolled in Jacksonville State Teacher’s College – now Jacksonville State University. In the fall of 1955 he transferred to the Alabama Polytechnic Institute – now Auburn University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in August 1958.
Mr. Page began working summers with the Alabama Highway Department in June 1956 as an engineering assistant doing field work and some drafting in the Scottsboro district office.
After graduating from Auburn he was assigned as Assistant Project Engineer for a major highway bridge across the Coosa River between Rockford and Verbena.
Bill subsequently worked his way upward through the ranks of the Highway Department serving as Project Engineer, Resident (now district) Engineer, Assistant Construction Engineer, State Planning and Program Engineer, State Construction Engineer, State Materials and Tests Engineer and Assistant Chief Engineer, Operations.
During this time period – June 1956 to December 1994, Mr. Page served 20 Highway/Transportation Directors (14 different individuals) and 14 Governors (9 different individuals). Bill also found the time to serve in the U.S. Army Reserves and retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He is a licensed professional engineer and land surveyor.
He has been on AASHTO’s Construction Subcommittee, Materials Subcommittee and Committee on Quality. He has also served on various project panels for the Transportation Research Board, the National Council on Highway Research Projects and as State Coordinator for the Strategic Highway Research Program.
He was married to Dot Smith for 44 years until her death in 2001. They have two children, two grandchildren and three great grandchildren. In 2006 he married Ginger Marks Espy.
Page is a charter member of Landmark Church of Christ in Montgomery and served on the Building Committee from planning and construction of the initial facility through each new addition.
Page served as Deacon then as an Elder for over 20 years, Sunday School teacher and Wednesday night Bible study teacher. Page has been on numerous mission trips in the U.S. for Landmark as well as over half a dozen times to Thailand and once to Malawi, Africa. He’s also made mission trips to Kentucky and Waveland, Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina with Montgomery’s First Baptist Church.
Page volunteers for Montgomery Area Council on Aging delivering “Meals On Wheels” once a week, is on call for minor home repairs for their elderly clients and has also assisted them with three annual fund raisers.