Templeton, Wilfred S. "Bill"
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Aug. 2, 1928 - May 20, 2013
Wilfred Sidney "Bill" Templeton (Aug. 2, 1928-May 20, 2013) ---- Born in Union Grove, N.C. one of 10 children of Huey and Bertha Templeton. Enlisted in the Navy at 14 during World War II and later served in the Army during the Korean conflict.
Bill eloped on June 2, 1945 with the love of his life Anna Jean Baker. They had three children (Stephen, Tony and Pamela), nine grand children (George, Michelle, Shannon, Chance, Courtney, Carlyn, Seth, John Christian, Clayton and step grandson Matthew Green) and three great grandchildren (Hayley, Jacob & Wyatt).
After attending Appalachian State College and Clevenger College of Business Administration he began his over five-decade career in the automobile business at B&L Motor Company in North Wilkesboro, N.C. Mr. Templeton opened his first sole proprietor car dealership, Templeton Oldsmobile, in 1971 in Vienna, Va. He owned several dealerships in Florida, North Carolina and Virginia.
The pinnacle of his career was his last automotive endeavor Fort Myers (Fla.) Toyota "The Family Store". Under his leadership, the store became one of the largest in the country. His team won countless awards including the Presidents Award for excellence in all areas of operations and customer service. The Family Store had a major impact on the community.
His beloved wife Ann preceded Bill in death last May. They shared a love and talent for golf both winning numerous club championships at Westwood Country Club, Richmond Country Club, Congressional and Longboat Key Club. They traveled the world together. Both were good and faithful servants of their Lord Jesus Christ.
Bill and Ann created the Templeton Foundation dedicated to supporting faith-based organizations that spread the love and gospel of Jesus Christ. He served as a trustee on the board of Patrick Henry College and was a dedicated member of First Baptist Church of Sarasota. He also recently formed an entertainment company, Founding Fathers, LLC. His first choice was to make a film about the man - George Washington, who almost single-handedly held our forces together to secure our victory in the War of Independence resulting in the miraculous birth of this nation. The project, which will continue, is entitled "Founding Father". It examines the life of Washington, a man of deep faith, courage and principle. This will be a gift for the people of America who Bill loved with all his heart.
Bill Templeton was a loving generous man who touched countless lives in his time all over the world. He fulfilled a lifelong dream traveling to Israel in April. He shared his beliefs, time, passion and talents freely and will be sorely missed. God Speed "Mr. T" - your loved ones and friends know you are having a "fantastic" time in Heaven.
Funeral arrangements by: Toale Brothers Funeral Home & Crematory. There will be a celebration of life at First Baptist Church of Sarasota, June 9th at 2:00 pm as well as another celebration of life at Greenway Baptist Church in Boone, N.C. July 20th at 10:00 am. Memorial gifts can be made to The Templeton Foundation, 2185 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34237.
Published in Herald Tribune from May 26 to May 27, 2013