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William Henry Supon Jr.

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William Henry Supon Jr. was born July 24, 1944 while his father was fighting in Europe during World War II. He was the beloved child of William H. Supon Sr. and Lillian Hill Supon and the only sibling of Cathy. He grew up in Jacksonville, Alabama and was accepted into Washington and Lee University in Virginia at the age of 17. After graduating he became a teacher at Darlington School and East Rome High School. Bill was married to the love of his life Karen Jervis Supon in 1968 and in 1975 they moved to Cedartown. Bill taught at Cedartown High School for many years, loving his students and fellow faculty members. He holds an MA and EdS from Georgia State University. He was a member of Mensa and Phi Epsilon Pi Fraternity. Bill was the Director of Music at First United Methodist Church in Cedartown for almost 40 years. He, along with Karen, was very active in little theatre in Rome and Cedartown. He was a bass-baritone and in 1967 was first place the in Georgia Metropolitan Opera competition. He has sung opera, musical theater and concerts in New Jersey, North Carolina, Atlanta and Bonn, Augsburg, and Mannheim, Germany. In 1966 and 1967 he helped to establish Opera Atlanta, a predecessor of today's Atlanta Opera. Many people in Cedartown have enjoyed performing with him in various productions. During his teaching career he was known by many nicknames including "Big Soup", "Soup", "Captain Bo-Nana" and "Herr Supon". His booming voice, beautiful smile and corny jokes will always be remembered. He always saw the best in people and encouraged them to attain accomplishments beyond their imagination. He was a motivator and mentor to so many throughout his life. He sang in many weddings both in Cedartown and across the country. He was "Uncle Billy" or "Bill" to his nieces and nephews, who adored him and loved spending time with him in his home. He continued these relationships with them as they reached adulthood, always encouraging and voicing his pride. He was the loving caregiver of his maternal aunt, Lorraine Wells. His niece, Gini Stephenson, who lived in their home for many years, held a special place in his heart. His sister, Cathy, was his best friend. In addition to his parents, his wife Karen predeceased him. Bill is survived by his aunt, Lorraine Wells; his sister, Cathy Connor and her husband, the Rev. Dr. Richard M. Connor Sr.; his niece, Gini Stephenson and her husband, Jamie; beloved "grandchildren", Emma and Charlotte Stephenson; niece, Sherri Connor; niece Catherine Tomasi and her husband, John and daughter, Samantha; niece, Caroline Smeby and her husband, Captain Chase and their son, Connor; niece, Jessica Jervis; niece, Sophie Jervis and her daughter Ava; niece, Samantha Jervis; nephew and godson, William Wells and his children, Ryan and Madison; nephew, USMC Corporal Richard "Mitch" Connor, Jr. and his wife, Shannon and son, Mitchell III; aunts, Magdalen Granzen and Mary McCunn. He is also survived by his brothers-in-law, James and Charles Jervis; sister-in-law, Virginia Chambers and many cousins. Memorials may be made to the William H. and Karen J. Supon Scholarship Fund at Cedartown High School and Special Olympics of Georgia. A celebration of the Resurrection for Bill's life will be held at First United Methodist Church in Cedartown, Friday, February 21, 2014 at 2 p.m. Visitation with the family will be on Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. Officiating at the worship service will be the Rev. Dr. Ed Wadsworth, the Rev. Dr. Dave Grove, Rev. Bob Ford and the Rev. Dr. Richard M. Connor, Sr., (Panama City, Florida). Messages of condolences can be made to the family by visiting our website and signing the online guestbook at gammagefh.com. The Olin L. Gammage and Sons Funeral Home is handling the arrangements for Mr. William Henry Supon, Jr.
Published in The Anniston Star on Feb. 21, 2014
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