William H. Witherspoon
December 05, 1924 ‒ December 17, 2010
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
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
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