Board of Directors
William (Billy) O. Leavell
PresidentBorn in Montgomery, Alabama, William (Billy) O. Leavell was deaf at birth due to rubella mother had during her pregnancy. He graduated from high school a private school for boys and then enrolled in what is now called David Lipscomb University in Nashville, graduating in 1961. After this he became full-time minister to the deaf at Central Church of Christ in Nashville. In 1975 Mr. Leavell moved with his family to Memphis, TN, and became minister to the deaf at East Frayser Church of Christ, and later at White Station Church of Christ. He has contributed to work on the English Version for the Deaf of the Bible.
He married the former Marilyn Jean Allgood and they have three children and eight grandchildren. He has served as secretary at both the Nashville and Memphis chapters of the Tennessee Association of the Deaf in addition to the Board of DeafConnect.