William G. Waits

September 14, 1942 ‒ July 31, 2019

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: William G. Waits, passed away Wednesday morning, July 31, 2019, in his son’s Bellville home surrounded by his family.   He was 76.

He was born September 14, 1942 in Moulton, Alabama to parents William Roy Hayes and Cora (Waits) Williams and was graduated from Moulton High School with the class of 1960.

On December 22, 1962 he married Raylene Eunice (Sawdey) Waits who preceded him in death in 1999.

William worked at Armco Steel in Mansfield, where he worked for over 13 years until retiring on medical leave.

In spare time, Wild Bill from Bunkerhill could be heard on amateur radio.  He loved ham radio and was a member of both the Mansfield and Mt. Vernon Clubs.  He was a member of VFW Post 8586 in Perrysville, American Legion Post 257, Loudonville, and AMVETS Post 43 in Bellville.  Bill enjoyed sitting there doing pull tickets or lottery tickets and visiting with his many friends.

He was a fantastic storyteller, able to paint a picture almost like you were there.  Bill was a talented imitator with a quick wit and loved to make people laugh.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law William R. “Billy” and Kathleen Waits of Bellville, daughter and son-in-law Robyn and David   Criss of Ontario; six grandchildren including twins Alexandria and Andrew Waits, Jessica Waits, Nickole Rhodes, Brandon Rhodes, and Bradley (Natasha) Rhodes; nine great grandchildren, a sister Mary Southard of Mansfield, nieces Beth Ricks and Joela Sawdey and many extended family.

The Waits family will receive friends Monday, August 5, 2019 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. A memorial service honoring Bill’s life will follow at 6 pm. Chaplain Dallas Waggle will officiate.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Bill’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com


  • Oh guys..so sorry to hear about this..what a great man..he always had a smile on his face and funny stories!! He’ll be missed!

    Deepest condolences,

    Corey and Carrie Oyster

  • He will be missed my many loved hearing his stories he was a great man and a funny brother in law the best to have

  • Billy, Kathleen and family – I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Sending prayers of comfort your way.

  • So sorry to hear about your Dad! He was a great neighbor to us on College St. I remember when he gave the boys a hair cut. I wasn’t very happy. They had to have one like Billy. He was such a nice guy! Joe & Alma Skoog

  • Sorry to hear about your loss. Your dad was a great guy. Loved his tickets! Always had a good time talking to him. Toni and Rick Fowler

  • I’m so sorry to see this. He sure was a great guy. He used to pick up horse figurines for me when he went to garage sales. Will keep you all in my prayers.

  • Robin and Billy, I’m so sorry for the loss of your dad. I have so many fond memories of him and your mom. He was such a great guy to be around. Peace and comfort to you and your families.

  • Sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Thinking of the family at this sad time, and praying for all that knew him.

    From all of us at previously of Randy’s F&W Repair
    Tiffany, Bryan, Wesley, Tim, Joe, and John

  • I didn’t get to meet Uncle Bill til very late in his life but know this, friends, those who spoke on his behalf, spoke highly. May God rest him well, may He give him the peace he so graciously wills.

  • Sorry for your loss. He didn’t know a stranger. Loved his tickets. Your in my thoughts and prayers. Tracie Lape.

  • Sorry for your loss. He didn’t know a stranger. Loved his tickets. Your in my thoughts and prayers. Tracie Lape.

  • Sorry for your loss. He didn’t know a stranger. He loved his tickets. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Tracie Lape

  • So sorry to hear this, he was such a great guy! Spent alot of time with him when I was younger, always had a good story to tell, was a privilege to of known him.

  • What a funny nice guy he was. His smile and quick wit will be so missed. So sorry for your loss.

  • Bill was a great man and will be missed deeply. Sorry for your loss. RIP my friend.

  • This makes my heart very heavy. Many memories and time spent with my dad, “Whitey” Carr. I will miss seeing his face and friendly personality. He was always a pleasure to be around. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. He will be missed dearly.

  • Rest In Peace Good Friend — You fought the valiant fight, and are now at peace. We hope to get messages from you over the ham radio. There certainly is good reception in Heaven. You will be missed by many!!!! We are sending our deepest sympathy to your family and friends, who have meant so much to you and cared about you for many years. Your microphone here on earth is now silent, but fond memories of a good friend will live on. Sincerely, Susan and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • Dear Billy , Kathleen and family . Sending our condolences and lots of love to the whole family . Our prayers and thoughts are with you today xx