William "Bill" Eastridge

William "Bill' Eastridge

Forest City - William 'Bill' Eastridge, 87, of Forest City, NC, spent his last days at Hospice House, Forest City, NC. He is the son of William Robert Eastridge, Sr. and Emma Dixon Eastridge. He is preceded in death by his parents, and sister Annie Gwendolen Eastridge. Bill attended Charlotte Central High School and graduated from Shelby High School. Following high school, he enlisted in the US Navy, serving as a bombardier in the Naval Air Corps, WW II. After his discharge, he attended Lees-McRae Jr. College and graduated from Appalachian State Teacher's College with a B.S. He retired from Nationwide Insurance Company where he worked as a District Claims Manager. He has been an avid hunter and fisherman, loving the out-of-doors; and loved his family greatly.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara 'Bobbie' Rhea Eastridge; son William K. Eastridge and wife Sharon, daughter Pamela E. Cobaugh and husband Steve, and son Thomas R. Eastridge and wife Laura. He has 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He is an active member of Brittain Presbyterian Church in Rutherfordton, NC where a Memorial Service will be held at eleven o'clock Saturday, November 24, 2012 with a reception/lunch to follow in the church Fellowship Hall.

By the family's request, memorials may be made in lieu of flowers, to either Brittain Presbyterian Church (3442 Hwy. 64, Rutherfordton, NC 8139) or Hospice of Rutherford County (Post Office Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043.) The Padgett and King Mortuary is serving the family and an online guest registry is available at www.padgettking.com


Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Nov. 18, 2012