William Drayton

January 20, 1943 ‒ November 24, 2019

Sunbury, Ohio

William “Bill” Drayton, age 76, died on Sunday, November 24, 2019 in Marengo, Ohio.

William was born on January 20, 1943 in Canton, Ohio.  He went into the United States Air Force for 4 years.  After the Air Force he moved on to work for American Electric Power for 42 years. He retired in 2005.

He is survived by his wife Marcella Drayton, his sister Diane Murray, his two daughters,  Sonja Cantrell (Drayton), and Yvonne Wilt (Drayton), his four grandchildren, Paige Payne (Cantrell), Skye Cantrell, Joshua Cantrell, Sydney Wilt, and his two great grandchildren  Brayden, Madeline, and one on the way, Owen.

William was a lovable man. He made everyone laugh, even in church. He was an ornery, stubborn, warm hearted little old man. He was an avid wine maker. He will be greatly missed.

A funeral mass will be held on Monday, December 2nd at 11:30 a.m. at Saint John Neumann Catholic Church in Sunbury, Ohio.

DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Drayton family.

  • Yvonne, my heart felt condolences go out to your family. My prayers go out for you and Sydney. May the Lord be with you during these difficult times and in the future.

  • Condolences to Bill for having such a terrible family. You did not deserve such treatment, you sweet man.

  • Yvonne, you and your family are in my prayers. Hold your memories close to your heart. Many prayers for you, your mom and Sydney.

  • Dear Drayton family, We will miss your dad and his handlebar mustache. May Christ comfort your family during this difficult time and may you all find peace and joy celebrating his earthly life and eternal happiness. God bless.

    Dave and Renee Brehm and family.

  • Marci and family I know that Bill loved all of you and probably shared some good stories that you can tell and repeat over and over and over again to your children, grandchildren and friends. Yes repeat because that is what we old folks do.. It is important to tell those stories and reminisce. You young folks need to be patience with us (smile).
    I know he was an ornery man because my husband is also.
    Marci when I came to your home to get help with my crochet is when I came to know Bill. One time sitting at your kitchen table looking out at the bird feeders and hearing about your camping trips I came to see that Bill really was a marshmallow inside just like my Eddy. It gave you both joy to share your homemade wine with me.
    We will have to have more of those crochet times together.
    I know it has been difficult watching a loved one pass.
    Much love and friendship

  • I’m so sorry to hear this and sorry that i didn’t know soon enough to attend the funeral.

    I worked with Bill at AEP from 1986 when I started until he retired in 2006. I have quite a few pictures from his retirement party. Let me know if you would like them.

    He was fun to be around and he had great stories to tell of earlier times at AEP and antics he and Bill Hylbert got into there. After he retired I always missed his fake grumpiness. His rum balls were are special treat every year that we looked forward to. My wife remembers him for his handlebar mustache and his particular sense of fashion. He had many memorable sayings. I actually still have a few written down in a document. There are still a few folks at AEP who remember Bill, so I will have to bring out some of his famous sayings to reminisce.

    I’m sorry for your loss. It’s difficult at any age to lose someone. I’m sure you will miss lots of things about him.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. My husband Jim worked with Bill from 1980, until he retired. We still laugh about some of his stories. On a personal note,Bill was the only person from AEP to call a few times to check on me, and make sure I was OK when my husband was sent to the Gulf for DesertShield-Desert Storm. That was a really hard time for me. His kindness was very much appreciated. We know you miss him terribly. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.