Family: Married to Joy Forster Carver. They have a son, Drew, 4, and one daughter, Caroline, 2 in January.
Occupation: Attorney with Kramer Rayson, LLP
Will Carver knows the perfect way to end any day.
“I love time with my family. There is nothing better than walking into the house at the end of the day and Caroline running up and saying, ‘Daddy.’ All the worries of the day go away,” he says.
The Gallatin-native says he and his wife met at the University of Tennessee when they were doing assistantships in the same office in 2000. Will was pursuing a law degree, and Joy was earning her Master’s degree. The attorney and family man says he never regretted their decision to move to Maryville, in part because it was very similar in size to his hometown near Nashville.
“We got married in 2003 and moved to Blount County in 2004. There was a lot of attraction to me to find a place to start a family that had a close family and community atmosphere. With Joy being from here, it was natural to move this direction when we started planting roots,” he says. “In terms of community involvement, my in-laws -- Fred and Caroline Forster -- set a great example for me in that regard. We are very blessed in this community because so many people are as involved as they are.”
When he’s not working, spending time with family, being involved in the community or playing golf, Carver says he enjoys fantasy football. He is in two leagues - one focused on pro football and the other on college football.
“We have doctors, lawyers, accountants and business owners in the leagues. It is a tremendous gathering of different kinds of people, and it is a great bond. We all have to trash talk each other, and it brings us together, and it is a lot of fun,” he says.
Here is Will Carver:
What are you guilty of?
“Spending way too much time on fantasy football. 2006 was a big year at our house. Our son was born, and I won the National Collegiate Fantasy Football League Championship.”
What is your favorite material possession?
“My grandfather’s big orange boots. They are Genesco Boots made in Waynesboro, Tenn., for my grandfather Joe Sevier when he retired as mayor. They are truly one of a kind. They may be too small, and my wife may think they’re tacky, but I love those things.”
What are you reading currently?
‘”Into Thin Air’ about the 1996 catastrophe on Mt. Everest.”
What was your most embarrassing moment?
“I was no stranger to the ER docs at my hometown hospital. I ended up with a concussion and two arm slings the first and last time I dunked a basketball.”
What are the top three things on your bucket list?
“I want to travel in Europe with my wife. I want to play the Old Course in St. Andrews with my son, and I want to dance with my daughter at her wedding.”
What is one word others often use to describe you and why?
“Joy says, ‘Giving and loyal.’ My best friend Kyle Reynolds says, ‘true friend.”’
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“I’ve always wondered what it might be like to have hair. In my sophomore year of high school our basketball team decided to shave our hair before the first basketball game. Mine never grew back.”
What is your passion?
“My family. Everything I do, whether its work or being involved in the community is to try and create opportunities for them. I want them to have all the opportunities growing up I had.”
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
“My grandfather, Joe Sevier. He died before I was mature enough to appreciate his wisdom and experience.”
If you could go back in time for a week, what time period or year would you visit?
“I would love to follow Jesus into Jerusalem and witness everything that transpired between what we know as Palm Sunday and Easter. ”
What is the best present you ever received in a box?
“My iPhone. I became addicted to it before I even opened the box.”
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
“Give without remembering and receive without forgetting. I had heard my mom say that and it was written in her Bible. She died from lung cancer in 2007, and when I open her Bible, it was the first thing that was written in there.”
Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life and why?
“My grandfather had a great sense of humor, loved the University of Tennessee and believed in the importance of community. Also, there was Tim Rogers, who was a friend and mentor to me at UT. His encouragement convinced me to attend law school. He made it attainable.”
Do you Myspace, Facebook or Twitter?
“I’m currently in the midst of a Facebook sabbatical. I use Twitter as a news source.”
What’s the worst job you have ever had?
“The worst job title I ever had was ‘Head Gofer.’ The crappiest job I ever had was loading a manure spreader on our farm.”
What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why?
‘”Peanuts.’ I loved Snoopy and Woodstock.”
What irritates you?
“Lady bugs and cancer.”
What’s one place in Blount County everyone should visit?
“Dandy Lions Gifts and Becky’s - Dandy Lion’s because it is my wife’s place; and Becky’s because it’s the best food and atmosphere for a meal in East Tennessee.”
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself at 18?
“Two things - one, take risks; and two, your hair won’t grow back, so just let it go.”
What is your greatest fear?
“Long par 3s.”
I still can’t quite get the hang of…
“Fixing the commode in our guest bathroom.”
If you could do one impulsive thing, what would it be?
“I would go back to school and become an oncologist. I saw the role my mom’s oncologist played in her battle with cancer. His demeanor and who he was helped get my mom through a long two-year process. She lost the battle eventually, but I think that an oncologist is so much more than a physician. It is a friend and a shoulder to cry on.”