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.

  • Bill was such a great friend to my family and I. He was such a blessing to me in my time of need 28 years ago when my daughter was born. He sang at my wedding in 1992 and I will always remember him singing at church too. He had a beautiful voice. Every time we saw hom out and about there was always a hug and a how ya doing. So sorry for your loss of this wonderful man. Praying for your family.

  • Kathy and family, was sickened to hear of your loss of a great guy! We had been friends most of our lives. He was a super nice person. No matter how he felt, he still cared about others. He will be greatly missed!

  • Kathy our deepest condolence and prayers for your family, we are with you.
    Co-workers and extended family at Mount Gilead Save A Lot

  • Bill was such a nice guy. Always so soft spoken and a sense of humor to have hosted the class of 69 Diva Goddess’ several times. He made us all beautiful slippers I’m sure we will cherish in our hearts forever. It hardly seems possible that 22 years have passed since he and Kathy were married. I remember driving around the beautiful homes at Candlewood and then looking at them from the boat. Bill chuckled and said “Here we are again” when we floated past the homes. A boat ride on the blue bonnet, always a wonderful meal and great friendship. We will miss you, Bill. Take a big deep breath there in heaven. We will all keep an eye on Kathy until we meet again.

  • Kathy,
    So sorry for your loss!!! Such a great loss by all who were touched by you and Bill. He was always good for a hug that has given me assurance in times of trial. Though he didn’t know it. lol What an inspiration he was to me as I watched him walk through his health journey. He has given me hope in my health journey as well.

    Much love and hugs to you sweet friend!
    God bless,

    Susan Keightley

  • Dearest Kathy, in great sorrow I send this to you and to all his family members. Bill was nothing short of one of the sweetest guys I knew. His kindness and his quick wittiness, too, will be missed. Always made me LOL, whenever I was around him. You will be in my prayers and in my thoughts. Sorry again, for the loss of this wonderful friend and husband .

  • Kathy Pam and I are thinking of you She is recouping at home I’m staying with her a few days we love you very much may Jesus comfort you at this time and always. Love deb

  • My Dear Cousin: My heart aches for you once again. I love the part about how Bill retired to chase you. You have never been one to stand still. I want so much to jump in the car and be there with you Monday, but I have been sick all week and still have a temperature. Please know all these years I love you cousin. I will continue to keep you close to my heart in prayer. Love, Vic

  • Kathy, I am so sorry to hear this sad news. Bill was a wonderful person, and will be deeply missed by many. I am keeping you in my prayers.

  • My deepest sympathy to Bill’s family. As one of Bill’s MGHS classmates, I was truly looking forward to seeing Bill at our 50th class reunion this coming September. May God bless and comfort each one of you.

  • Kathy, you were such a blessing in Bill’s life. Mary and I love you so much, as we did/do him. Part of my heart left when he did. I always say, “A person never dies as long as they are remembered. I will always remember him as my brother.”

    Ray and Mary Mullen
    Shawnee, Oklahoma

  • Kathy,
    So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was such a nice guy, always had a smile, hug and a story to tell. I will be thinking and praying for you especially Monday. I can’t be there as I just had Back surgery. He will be forever remembered and sadly missed!

  • My deepest sympathy to Bill’s family upon his passing. I had the privilege of singing with Bill when we were just a couple of kids in the All Ohio Youth Choir. His beautiful bass voice along with his beaming personality was a perfect fit and a wonderful representation of the youth of America during our European concert tour. I’m sure that he now singing his praises to God with the angels in heaven.