William H. Knotts
“Bill” and “Herbie”
October 10, 1934 – January 5, 2014
William H. Knotts, known fondly as “Bill” and “Herbie,” age 79, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 5, 2014.
Born in Newark, Delaware, on October 10, 1934, Bill was a son of the late Clifton T. Knotts and Jesse T. Foote Knotts. He proudly served his country as a member of the Delaware Air National Guard, 267th Ordinance Company, in New Castle, DE. Bill began his career at the Newark Post office and was later appointed to the Delaware State Police, retiring at the rank of Captain, after 20 years of dedicated service – by far his proudest accomplishment in life. Following his retirement, he worked for 15 years at the DuPont Experimental Station and then later for both MBNA and the Rockford Center.
Bill was a standout student athlete during his days at Newark High School, where he was a member of the football, basketball, and baseball teams. He later shared his love of sports by volunteering countless hours coaching youth teams throughout the Newark area. Bill was a lifetime member of the Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company and the Retired Delaware State Police Association and was a longtime parishioner of Holy Family R.C. Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, James C. Knotts. Bill is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Christine Owens Knotts; son, W. Bradley Knotts and wife Vicki; daughters, T. Lynn Mulholland and Cheryl C. Reeder and husband Dan; granddaughter, Danielle Mulholland; grandsons, Timothy Mulholland, Jr., Kevin Knotts, Kyle Knotts, Troy Reeder, and Colby Reeder; and great grandson, Chase Mulholland.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to all of the parents, players, and fans that came into Bill’s life while he was coaching youth sports and to the many doctors and nurses who took care of him during his illness.
A memorial service will be held at 12 Noon on Friday, January 10, 2014 at the Deerfield Golf and Tennis Club, 507 Thompson Station Road, Newark, DE 19711, where friends may call from 11 am until 12 Noon. Burial will be held privately in All Saints Cemetery, Wilmington, DE.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bill’s memory may be made to the Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company, P.O. Box 148, Newark, DE 19715.