Greeneville native Dr. William Linebarger came to ETSU on a football scholarship and
helped lead the Buccaneers to become the 1969 Mid-East Regional and Grantland Rice
Named the ETSU Distinguished Military Student/Distinguished Military Graduate for
1972, Linebarger next studied in Memphis at the College of Dentistry at the University
of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences.
Once he had earned his D.D.S. degree, Linebarger entered the United States Army Dental
Corps and, after basic training, he was stationed at Ft. Polk, La. A spinal cord injury
led to a long stay at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and to
a medical retirement from the Army.
While undergoing rehabilitation at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Linebarger
joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry.
In 1981, Linebarger entered a residency program at the University of North Carolina
School of Dentistry and graduated with a master’s degree and a specialty certificate
in endodontics. He returned to Johnson City to open his private endodontic practice