first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Yesterday, the City-County Observer publisher, while walking into the ETFCU Plaza, was warmly greeted by Evansville’s own “Shoe Shine Man” William (Bill) H. Burris. Our publisher was pleasantly taken aback by Mr. Burris’s warm and sincere greeting.William (Bill) H. Burris was born on January 14, 1945, in Henderson, KY.  Bill has been one diligent, honorable, and outstanding member of our local Tri-State community and country for many decades.As a proud father to five children, three girls and two boys, and one joyous grandfather to six precious grandchildren, Bill spends most of his free time fulfilling his passion, shining shoes.We asked Bill how long he’s been shining shoes.   He responded, “I started out as a kid in the local Barber Shop, and my passion for it progressed over the last 25 years.”Not only is Bill one proficient polisher in the region but he is also a highly decorated veteran of the United States Marine Corp.  In 1963, Bill enlisted in the Navy and spent three years stationed in Norfolk, VA.  He spent another six years in service to the USA as a TDY Gunnery Sergeant in Seattle, WA.When asked what it was like to be in his military position at that time, Bill proudly stated, “I was the Man with the Big Guns and could handle them all.”   Not only has Bill devoted years of his life to the service of our great nation, but he has continued to make a phenomenal impact in our community with his congenial presence at the ETFCU Plaza.The City-County Observer highly recommends that you stop by to take advantage of “Bill’s SHOE SHINE  SERVICES” so you can protect your shoes and boots from rainy and snowy weather conditions.  Costs for shining shoes is a mere $3 and $5 for boots.  Tips would most be appreciated.  The ‘Shoe Shine Man” has an array of polishing creams available and polishes men’s and women’s shoes alike.  You will also be supporting a well-deserving local Veteran.Oh, Bill also sends his “Love and Blessings” to all this Holiday Season and New Year to come.FOOTNOTE: Background information concerning “The Shoeshine Man” William (Bill) H. Burris was provided to the CCO by Ashley Hulsey.last_img read more