Bill “Mr. Bill” Williams, 73, retired Circle High School teacher, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 at his home in Towanda. Visitation with family present will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Kirby-Morris Funeral Home. Celebration of his life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Towanda.
Dewey Lee “Bill” Williams was born April 23, 1940 in Wichita. He was a lifelong resident of Towanda. He was united in marriage to Cornelia Susan “Connie” Kelly Aug 1, 1964 and they have three children.
Bill graduated from Towanda High school in 1958 and from Wichita University in 1963 with a degree in Fine Arts and returned to WSU in 1972 where he earned a degree in art education. Bill taught one year at Remington High School and 26 years at Circle High School. While still in high school, Bill designed the Indian Chief profile which was used as the mascot image for the Towanda Redskins. In 2003 he gave the City of Towanda permission to use the design for their city logo.While at Circle, his art classes were known for their outstanding achievements, including the special designs in the district schools. The Thunderbird on the Circle dome, the “Jesus Is Coming” mural in downtown Towanda, the large macramé project and the brass tree sculpture that were in the Circle auditorium and the mosaic on the front entrance wall. In addition to his love of teaching Bill was involved in the gospel music ministry for the majority of his life. Possessing a strong bass voice he sang in the church choir for many years and in the Singspiration Gospel Quartet and more recently Solid Rock
Bill was an entrepreneur as owner of BW Rotor Company, designing and building one-man giro coptors and rotor blades. Bill was honored with many awards for his achievements in graphic art and design. Bill’s life centered around his love for his wife of 49 years, his children and his grandchildren, family and friends. His interests included fishing, scuba diving, spending his summers at their Cabin on Table Rock Lake, old west history and he loved spending time smoking his pipe and playing with his dog, Zippy.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters. He is survived by his wife, Connie of the home; children, Michelle (Doug) Bell and Laurie (Jeff) Klein both of El Dorado, and Wade (Chelley) Williams of Towanda; grandchildren, Nathan and Lisa Klein, Amber and John Davis, Justin Klein, Levi Bell, Joshua Klein, Haleigh Williams, Lindsay Klein, Allie Williams, Sydnie Williams and Tahner Williams; eight great grandchildren; one sister, LaLetia Perry; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial has been established for a Cemetery Bench in his honor. Contributions may be left at Kirby-Morris Funeral Home. Condolences to www.kirbymorrisfunerlhome.com.