Billy DeVore retires from Farm Credit after 40 years

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By Jeff M. Hardison

A 63-year-old member of the University of Florida Class of 1967 retired Nov. 30 from Farm Credit of North Florida after 40 years of faithful service.

William E. "Billy" DeVore Jr. said he has no regrets about his tour of duty with Farm Credit, where he last served as loan officer and assistant vice president.

"It has been very rewarding," he said, "very fulfilling."

He is glad to have worked with the company distributed back about $100 million throughout 18 counties in North Florida since 1988, he said.

"It's a wonderful privilege to have served in the oldest industry on earth that's made up of God's best," he said about his time with Farm Credit.

This profession is all he has known since college. DeVore started as a freshman at U.F. in 1962-63 with a football scholarship. He played on the same team as Don Barrett of White Ford.

DeVore's mother died in 1963, however, and he left Gainesville to return to his home in Ocala. He earned an Associate of Arts degree from Central Florida Community College before returning to U.F. to complete his bachelor's degree. He majored in mechanized agriculture.

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