A bridge was recently dedicated in honor of former Perry County Circuit Judge William “Bill” Engle.
On Oct. 4, a ceremony was held at the Perry County Senior Citizens Building, honoring Engle’s success where the bridge on Broadway Street that crosses over Memorial Drive near the Pantry Shelf was dedicated to Engle.
“If you go up Broadway, and see the last house on the left, that’s where my daddy grew up,” Engle said.
Engle believes part of the area where the bridge is now located is the yard where his father grew up and played. The bridge holds a special place in his heart; he recalls playing on the bridge’s ledge many times as a child while visiting his grandmother.
Engle served the people of Perry County as circuit judge from November 2004 to January 2015. He was Perry County attorney from 1982-1986. He was on the ARH board of trustees for 20 years, and chairman of the board for five years. He serves on the board and is chairman of the E.O.Robinson scholarship fund, and chair of the Foundation of a Healthy Kentucky. Engle has worn many hats, and is a pillar in the Perry County community. He founded the drug court in Perry County. As a young man, he served in the Navy where he was a payroll clerk and visited many prominent landmarks recognized in American history, such as Guantanamo Bay.
Judge Allison Wells spoke at the dedication, doting on Engle’s many accomplishments. The Breathitt County JROTC was in attendance and retired the colors in Engle’s honor. Bowman Memorial Children’s Choir sang many songs, including a delightful rendition of “You’re A Grand Old Flag.”
He grew up in Engle Funeral Home, where many men in his family served as funeral directors. His love for politics stemmed from his upbringing; he explains he grew up around politics in his home and that is where the seed for his political journey was planted. His father was a state representative and senator and served an unexpired term and then a full term in the 1960s. His grandfather was the mayor of Hazard when he passed. He has been married to his wife Judy since 1978 and they have two sons, William and John Mark Engle.
Erin Joseph can be reached at 606-436-5771 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.