William Neill Church, Jr.
February 3, 1942 – May 31, 2015
William Neill Church Jr., fondly known as “Bill,” of West Palm Beach, FL, passed away peacefully on May 31st, 2015.
Born in Charleston, WV on February 3, 1942, Bill was a son of the late W. Neill Church, Sr. and Dorothy (Gray) Church.
Bill attended Brandywine High School, and was among the first graduating class in 1960. He then attended Widener University, graduating Magna Cum Laude with an Economics degree. Bill held numerous management positions across the US, and eventually relocated to Florida, where he retired and lived for the past 25 years. Bill was an avid sailor and held a charter boat captains license. He owned and sailed numerous boats, and even performed some marriages. He was also a sports enthusiast, and participated in numerous high school sports (baseball, football, and wrestling), and earned varsity letters in each year he played.
In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his brother, Justin and a granddaughter, Ashley Jones. He is survived by his daughter, C. Kelly Novonty (Rob) of Newark; son, William N. Church (Mary Kate) of Bear; brother, Jonathan Church of Mount Jackson, VA; sister, Chipley Church Harris (David) of Timberville, VA; 7 grandchildren; and 1 great grandson. He was deeply loved by his family and will be greatly missed.
A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Friday morning, June 12, 2015, at the Grace Episcopal Church, 4900 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 9:30 am until 11 am. Interment will be private.