CPA enjoys fantasy baseball leagues
by Margaret Anderson
Special to The Star
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Billy E. Blount Jr., likes numbers so much that they’ve made him a living for the past 37 years.

“I’m a big baseball fan,” said Blount. “I like stats, batting averages and numbers. That’s what I’ve always been best at.”

Blount plays in fantasy baseball leagues and occasionally attends games with family.

“There’s a company, Jay Buckley Baseball Tours, that has baseball tours and I have gone on several trips with them,” he said. “They go to different cities to attend different games.”

Blount was born in Tupelo, Miss., to Billy E. and Annette Blount. In the mid ‘50s, he and his mother joined his father in Paris where he was stationed with the Army. That’s where his sister, Kelly Blount Godwin, an optometrist at Gadsden Eye Associates, was born. They moved to Calhoun County in 1959 when his father was sent to Fort McClellan. It was here that his brother, Tracy, was born.

Blount graduated from the first Weaver High School class in 1972 and earned an accounting degree from Jacksonville State University.

After attending JSU he worked for John Collins CPA. JSU accounting student, Sara Howell of Heflin, was also working there. An office romance developed which led to a wedding. The Blounts will celebrate their 38th wedding anniversary this year.

Sara is the chief financial officer for the Jacksonville City School System.

The Blounts have a daughter, Jessica, a pre-K teacher at Kitty Stone Elementary School.

In 1981, Blount, a certified public accountant, opened his own business, Billy E. Blount Jr., CPA, at 1200 S. Pelham Rd. Tracy began working with him as an intern in 1981. He became fulltime in 1986 after graduating from JSU with a degree in accounting and computers.

“When I was going to school, they didn’t teach anything about computers,” said Blount. “Tracy is 10 years younger than me, and by the time he came along, they had started teaching it. Tracy does payrolls, sales tax and things like that. When people call, they usually talk to him first, or when they come in, he’s the first one they see.”

Blount said he saw the need to educate himself about computers, so he went back to school to take classes.

Sara, who is also a certified public accountant, helps during tax season.

“You work harder for yourself than you do for someone else,” said Blount. “During tax season, we work seven days a week. When Sara gets off her job, she comes down and, she, Tracy and I work until midnight a lot of nights.”

Blount said working with family works well for the three of them.

“All in all it’s great, because you can count on them to have your back and you have theirs,” he said.

Blount said the older he gets, the tougher it gets working long hours. Plus, he said, the government isn’t helping matters.

“Because of the government shutdown, the IRS won’t accept any returns this year until Jan. 31,” he said. “So, that’s the first day we can file returns. That gives us less time to get the work done”

Blount said although the IRS has extended the date to accept returns, he, Tracy and Sara can get them prepared and ready go to by that date.

Blount likes his job. He’ll continue, he said, as long as his health holds up.

“Right now, my health is fine,” he said. “The community has been good to us. I’m very grateful for our loyal clients who have become our friends.”

The Blounts are members of First Baptist Church where he is a deacon. He’s been a member of the Exchange Club since 1982. He is currently treasurer and is a past president. He’s a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Alabama State Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Blount likes to watch sports and read. He likes John Grisham and Vince Flynn. In the past couple of years, he’s been trying to read Lee Child’s 18 books about his main character, Jack Reacher.

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