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WILLIAM R. BACON "Bill" (Age 79)  
November 9,1934 - December 11, 2013  

Passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at Hillcrest Convalescent Center. He was born in Bradley County, Tennessee to the late Ben H. Bacon and the late Mamie E. Bacon. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Charles Bacon and Paul Bacon.
He is survived by his wife, Gretchen Bacon of Raleigh, NC; his daughter, Elise Bacon of Santa Fe, NM; daughter, Karen Bacon Heltne and son-in-law, Christian Heltne and two grandchildren, Jonas and Adeline Susannah Heltne of Raleigh; and a loving family far and wide.
Bill attended Bradley Central High School and was a three sport varsity letterman. Bill is a 1956 Carson-Newman College mathematics graduate and varsity football player. Following active military service as a commissioned officer in the USNR, Bill joined the General Electric Company in 1958. While employed by GE, Bill earned an MBA from Purdue University's Krannert School of Business. He retired in 1997 after a successful career at GE. He moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina to be near family in 2008.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to: The William R. Bacon Hall of Fame Scholarship, Carson Newman College Advancement Office, C-N 27017, Jefferson City, TN 37760.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at:

Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 15, 2013
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