William J. “Bill” Wise

September 01, 1926 ‒ June 28, 2011

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Not one to want attention or the limelight, Bill Wise would never admit to being an accomplished guitarist. A talented musician, he loved country music and had a passion for the guitar. Guitar picking was always a part of Bill’s life and as a young boy, his father and uncles would often play at family gatherings. Self taught, Bill’s confident personality led him to play guitar in front of local restaurants in downtown Bellville…when he was only seven.

His hands now at rest, William J. Wise of Bellville died Tuesday evening June 28, 2011 in his home. He was 84.

The son of William Franklin and Freida Marie (Tinkey) Wise, Bill was born on September 1, 1926. He was graduated from Mansfield Senior High School’s vocational program as an electrician.

He enjoyed motorcycles and even raced flat track.

Bill was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, affiliated with the Mansfield South Congregation. As Bill grew older his faith strengthened. While sharing his faith with friends, the fruits of his growth were evident through the visible compassion and humility in his life. Bill often said “I don’t have to convince others of Christ, but I do need to share my faith in Jesus in a convincing manner!”

Bill could play electric lead guitar as well as acoustic guitar. Many over the years have enjoyed his playing. Bill played professionally, but treasured playing for friends and family. In the 1950’s his band qualified for the state championship country western band competition. He and close friend Jim Renfro played with the Memory Valley Boys and in recent years Bill enjoyed playing with close friend Jim Blackstone with the Spring Mountain Boys. Although older than most of their residents, recently Bill played at local nursing homes.

Bill is survived by Jeanne Wise of Mansfield; son Chip (Patty) Wise of Bellville, daughter Wendy (Brian) Moore of Mt. Vernon, son Kip (Jill) Wise of Bellville; grandchildren Tricia and Chelsea Wise, Nicole, Callie, and Kyla Moore, and Adalyn Wise; sisters-in-law Ellen Wise of Bellville and Loretta Stimens of North Carolina; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins including a special cousin Maxine Light.

Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his brother Eugene “Diz” Wise and brother-in-law Duane Stimens.

The Wise family will receive friends Sunday, July 3, 2011 from 2 to 4pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home where his funeral service will begin at 4 pm. Perry Beam will speak. Private interment will be in Shauck Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses may be made through the funeral home.

Private online condolences to the family are encouraged by visiting:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com