It was an honor to have Bill Averitte as my Father-in-Law. Bill had a very unique and defined way of looking at life and tried to live according to what was right. One of his most valued characteristics was that of a storyteller. I'll leave the intended meaning of storyteller up to those who knew him best. For the past 6 years that Bill has lived with us, we heard and relived so many of his stories. Once in a while, he would shock us and tell us a story we had never heard before. All of them full of fascinating details. Engineering level details!!!
We heard his experience as a Westinghouse Senior Engineer about the 5,000 PSI concrete in the 3' walls of the Westinghouse X-Ray lab…40'H x 40'W x 40'D. The 300 Ton removable concrete lid that sealed the lab that required his expertise to design the crane assisted lifting procedures.
His first job out of high school was a shoe salesman, so we heard about the $3 pair of overstocked shoes the store bought that he ran a “SPECIAL SALE” and sold like hot cakes only after he raised the price to $3.25.
As an Army Chef in Germany, Bill was in charge of feeding 1,000 men 3 meals a day without ever having a delayed meal or shortage of food during the stint of his duty.
He could recount the materials, cost and designs that went into many of his church's service projects.
An avid fisherman, Bill could tell the exact weight of each of the 5 bass that he and Jerry Abernathy caught during a bass tournament that only allows 6 bass to be used. So confident were they in the sizes of their 5 large bass they caught that they did not even bother to catch a 6th bass. Just sat back relaxed for hours drinking sodas or whatever was iced down at the time…only to lose the tournament by 2 ounces.
Bill knew and included all the interesting details, but it really wasn't about the numbers, the calculations, the specifications. Bill's stories were all about the people he knew, the experiences he shared with them that told you who they were…who he was, the treasured and lasting friendships he held and the sincere commitment to his family, his country and his eternal Father.
Living the life of the old TV series “Father Knows Best”, while looking to his eternal Father for forgiveness and strength, especially when he messed up…and he would be the first to point out that he had messed up. In fact, he seemed to enjoy more telling about his failed projects and times he really messed up only to laugh at himself than humbly admit his successes.
Two things to sum it up, first our appreciation for all who have been a part of Bill's life and ours. Your support has meant so much to Allison and our family through this time. Secondly, thanks to Bill's sense of detail, we know a lot more about his friends than they think we do.