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William Henry (Bill) Moreland III
September 13, 1951 ~ October 22, 2022 (age 71) 71 Years Old
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William “Bill” Henry Moreland III, 71, of Owens Cross Roads, AL, passed away at Hospice Family Care in Huntsville, AL on October 22, 2022. He was a beloved father, brother, uncle, papaw, cousin, and friend. Bill was born September 13, 1951, in Chatsworth, Murray County, Georgia, the third child of Mary Opal Wells and William Henry Moreland, Jr. He grew up in a nurturing family life in Chatsworth among relatives and friends until 1962 when his father’s job moved them to Ringgold, GA. The day of the move to Ringgold was a Wednesday, and that evening the family was seated at the Wednesday night prayer service at Ringgold First Baptist where the entire family became members.
Bill graduated from Ringgold High School. Following graduation, he enlisted in the US Air Force, serving for six years with two tours of duty in South Korea. Following his service in the Air Force, Bill attended Dalton College before enrolling at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. After graduation from the UGA College of Journalism, Bill worked a short time for the Athens Banner Herald in Athens. He began working at Redstone Arsenal MWR and retired with 28 years of service as Director of Redstone Arsenal Outdoor Recreation.
Bill enjoyed the outdoors and loved fishing and hunting, an interest that began in his early years by his father’s side. Bill loved sports and he was an avid UGA Bulldog fan…anyone who knew Bill knew he loved the Georgia Bulldogs. He enjoyed gardening and trying new recipes using the harvests from his vegetable garden. He also enjoyed reading when his health no longer allowed him to enjoy his outdoor activities. And, he loved his family, and the family gatherings were always a big highlight for him.
Survivors include his daughter, Kelly Moreland (Andrew) East of Huntsville; two grandchildren, Perry James and Clara Elizabeth East; sisters, Theresa Manjone of Huntsville and Kay (Freddie) Hargett of Owens Cross Roads; one nephew, Thomas Andrew Black of Athens, GA; a niece, Apolonia Bartruff of Cornwall Boro, PA; a nephew, Joe Manjone of York, PA; and several very dear cousins.
The family would like to express their deepest appreciation and thanks to the medical providers at Encompass Health Rehab and Hospice Family Care for their compassion and care given during his time with them. There is a tremendous amount of gratitude for Bill’s friends who stood by him during his illness, and especially for David Brescia who never failed to be available for any need that Bill had.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Bill’s memory to the charity of your choice.