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Joe Withers retires from Waterworks District #7

By Evalin Hester

Although Friday, June 30, was the last day on the job for Joe Withers as General Manager of Waterworks Dist. #7 in DeQuincy, he'll continue to stop in and visit with the employees from time to time.

“Joe” as he likes to be referred to, started work on the water project in 1969, but it didn't come into operation until 1980. Withers was responsible for spearheading the operation which started with 600 paying customers. Joe Patterson was the first customer to pay a deposit.

A grant was acquired for $1,000,000 to start the project along with a guaranteed loan of $1,000,000 which was paid off in August 2016.

The George Floyd place on Rigmaiden Cemetery Road was purchased and now houses the office of Waterworks Dist. #7. They have three wells and more wells can be drilled if needed.

Withers has worked several different jobs in his life time which include the La. State Health Dept. with Air Pollution Dept. from Alexandria to Grand Isle, inspections at Cities Service, all rice mills and sugar mills. He attended several different schools in Illinois, New York, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Washington and Arizona on air pollution. He served in the Army and the Air Force.

He served as a charter member for the board.

Eric Vigé will take Withers’ position as General Manager. Withers has trained Vigé for 17 years and said he will do a great job. Waterworks #7 has five employees.

Withers is a native of Hornbeck, and is married to Pat Filce Withers. They have two daughters, Julie Galley and Ellendale Gabbert; and three grandchildren.

A retirement party, organized by Waterworks employees, was given in Withers’ honor at Pine Grove Baptist Church on Saturday, June 24.

His plans are to stay active around the house and to visit family and friends.

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