William M. “Bill” Southard
August 19, 1949 ‒ January 12, 2017
Mount Gilead, Ohio
William M. “Bill” Southard, age 67, of Mount Gilead, passed away Thursday afternoon, January 12, 2017, at the Galion Community Hospital.
He was born on August 19, 1949, in Columbus, to the late Alonzo and Berniece (Naylor) Southard. Bill attended and graduated from Mount Gilead High School.
Shortly after high school Bill enlisted in the United States Navy. He served his country with pride while stationed in Cuba during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged in 1971.
On October 15, 1994, Bill married the love of his life, Kathy (Earhart) Gregory. Together the two exchanged their vows at the families Dogwood Valley Campground.
For 25 years, Bill hand delivered letters and parcels to many as a carrier for the United States Postal Service. In 2001, Bill decided to hang up the blue postal hat and take on the full time responsibility of chasing after his wife Kathy.
Bill was once a member of the Ohio Youth Choir where he enjoyed singing all over the U.S. and oversees in Europe. Bill was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church where he also sang in the choir. His deep bass voice will truly be missed by those he shared his gift of singing with.
A fixture of the campground, Bill was the last of the Southard family who established Dogwood Valley Campground. Bill and his family created the campground in 1964 and continued creating a space where memories for many families were made up until 2008. Today the campground continues on as Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Dogwood.
Handy with his hands, Bill loved to create many woodworking projects for family and friends. He also enjoyed cars whether they were old or new.
Bill is survived by his loving wife, Kathy; children: Bethany Grissom of Colorado Springs; Shannon (Heather) Gregory of Crestline; grandchildren: Bradley and Brooklyn Grissom, Kayla, Zachary, Austin, and Brooklyn Gregory, Morgan, Lance, and Jessica Gregory; a great-grandchild, Ellie Frizzell; sister-in-law, Linda (Larry) Ritchie; brother-in-law, Tom (Linda) Earhart; best friend, Ray (Mary) Mullen; nephew, Scott (Tracy) Earhart; and niece, Carrie Page.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Jason Gregory; brother, Stanley Southard; and sister, Carolyn Southard.
Family will greet friends from 10AM to 12PM (noon) on Monday, January 16, 2017, at Trinity United Methodist Church. Services celebrating his life will follow at NOON with Pastor Jeff Canankamp officiating. Burial will be held privately at a later date.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Bill’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.