Friends await Yow’s recovery
Former County Commissioner Billy Yow, injured in a work accident Thursday, remained in the thoughts of friends and family over the weekend.
Yow, a Republican commissioner for 12 years and a former congressional candidate, was critically injured in a well-drilling accident on a construction site at Colfax and suffered a head injury above the left eye. Yow, who left the board last December, owns the D&Y well-drilling company.
Yow, 49, underwent surgery at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, where he had improved to serious condition Friday.
“Something broke in the machinery, maybe a hydraulic hose, and when that happened something hit his head,” said Sheriff BJ Barnes, a fellow Republican and friend. “It was a freak accident. I have high hopes he will be back soon. My prayers are with him.”
If there is a detailed accident investigation, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will handle it, Barnes said.
Yow built a reputation as a feisty conservative who rarely supported county budgets when Democrats controlled the Board of Commissioners. He was a watchdog for taxpayers and working people.
“I have always referred to Billy as the commissioner with the beguiling smile, and I have always meant that in the most complimentary way,” U.S. Rep. Howard Coble, R-6th, said in a statement. “Displaying that beguiling smile, Billy always let you know that he didn’t take himself too seriously. He has a zest for life, and he will need every ounce of that energy as he faces the health obstacles that lie ahead.”
Barnes said friends are hopeful Yow will recover substantially in the next 48 to 72 hours.
“Billy will come out of this,” Barnes said. “He is a fighter.”
“I am hoping and praying that my good friend makes a complete recovery. Knowing Billy like I do, I am sure that he will display the strength and determination he has shown throughout his life as he battles back to good health,” Coble said.
—Represented for 12 years the old and mostly rural District 5 that covered the southeastern part of the county and spread into Jamestown.