Willie Gathrel "Bill" Hefner ( born April 11, 1930 in Elora, Tennessee; † 2 September 2009 in Huntsville, Alabama ) was an American politician of the Democratic Party of the state of North Carolina from 1975 to 1999 in the U.S. House of Representatives States represented.
Hefner attended high school in Sardis (Alabama ). He then went to the University of Alabama and was president and owner of the radio station WRKB in Kannapolis, North Carolina. He was a member of the Harvesters Quartet, a group of gospel music singers in North Carolina from 1954 to 1967, and appeared frequently on television in the state.
In 1974 he was elected for the Democrats as a representative of the eighth constituency of North Carolina in the 94th Congress. He served there for twelve terms from 3 January 1975 to 3 January 1999, when he retired. Its predecessor was Earl B. Ruth, his successor Robin Hayes.
Hefner was a well known advocate for war veterans. According to him, in 1999, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salisbury, North Carolina named.
After the time in Congress, he moved with his wife Nancy to Alabama. He died there of a brain aneurysm at the age of 79 years.