Billy Yeargin, Jr., M.L.S.
Lecturer on American tobacco culture, Professor for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke University
Billy Yeargin Jr. was educated at Fork Union Military Academy, Oak Ridge Military Institute, Duke University and The University of Oxford. His career has been divided between electronic media, politics and education. He served as Spokesman for the US Tobacco Industry in the 1970s and has written three books on North Carolina and Tennessee tobacco culture. Yeargin has also served as Agriculture Advisor to US Senator Robert Morgan, NC Governor James B Hunt, Jr. and NC Attorney General Rufus Edmisten in the 1980s and as the Director of the NC Sweet-Potato Commission in the 1980s and 1990s.
Since 1995, Yeargin has taught Southern Culture at Duke University and US History, Humanities and Philosophy, Southern Culture and Public Speaking at various community colleges in North Carolina. Yeargin has also served as Headmaster/President of Oak Ridge Military Academy. Yeargin currently serves as an Interim Supply Pastor for the North Carolina United Methodist Conference as pastor of two United Methodist Churches in eastern North Carolina