William H. Witherspoon

December 05, 1924 ‒ December 17, 2010

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: William H. Witherspoon, Jr., age

86, of Lexington passed away Friday

afternoon, December 17, 2010 in his home

following a brief illness.

He was born December 5, 1924 in Columbus, the

son of William H. Witherspoon, Sr. and

Hildred (Staubus) Witherspoon and was

graduated from North High School in Columbus

in 1942.

Following graduation, Bill entered the U.S.

Navy serving over four years. He was

honorably discharged in 1946 having served

aboard the USS Saratoga in the Pacific.

Bill attended The Ohio State University on

his G.I. Bill where he earned his bachelor’s

degree in Agriculture.

On December 19, 1947 he married JoAnne Hayes

who preceded him in death on December 7,


William worked as a chemical engineer for

Bordon Chemical Company retiring in 1994

after 25 years. He was also a cattle

farmer, raising beef cattle in Coshocton


Collecting model airplanes and train sets,

Bill believed life should be fun and above

all else remained a child at heart.

A Lexington resident since1959, Bill loved

people and made many friends in Richland

County. A kind and generous man, he was

giving of his time and talents, always will

to help others, and could never resist an

animal in need. He volunteered three days a

week at MedCentral Hospital when he was able.

Bill was a member of United Methodist Church

of the Cross.

He is survived by a daughter Charlaine Mayo

of Winston Salem, NC, a special daughter and

caretaker Stephanie Witherspoon and David

O’Daniel of Lexington, a grandson Colin Mayo

of Winston Salem, NC along with numerous


In addition to his wife JoAnne, Bill was

preceded in death by a brother Lewis


Friends may call Tuesday, December 28, 2010

from 12-2 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder

Funeral Home where the funeral service will

be held at 2pm. The Rev. Susan Lausch will

officiate and burial will follow in Bellville


In lieu of flowers the family would prefer

memorial contributions to MedCentral Cancer

Care Center.

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