William "Bill" Walter McCleod, 72, passed Sept. 21, 2012, in Fairbanks.
William was born Feb. 26, 1940, in Skipperville, Ala. He was the second oldest with seven sisters, born to Ester Mae and Shellie McCleod.
He attended D.A. Smith High School. At age 21, Bill and his cousin hopped on a train to New York where they lived for about 10 years.
During that time, he became a truck driver and received a CDL license. He had a truck of his own and worked for Benking Trucking. Bill continued to be a truck driver and received a call from his sister, Hendrietta, in Alaska, who was married to a Fort Wainwright soldier. In January 1976, Bill came to Alaska, where he met Kathy "Kat" Avery and her son, Fela, and he later married "Kat." Bill, and stepson, Fela, worked together for moving companies.
Bill enjoyed fishing, movies, and outdoor wilderness pictures. Bill also enjoyed watching basketball and football with his brother-in-law, Jerry Snelling. He always had a smile and a joke and something positive to say.
Bill is survived by his loving wife, Kathy "Kat" McCleod; his son, Walter McCleod; his daughter, Angelina (Arnold) Suvatne, and their two children, Joshua and Justin Suvatne; step-grandson, Keannan Avery, and great-granddaughter, Diamond Avery.
He also is survived by his seven sisters, Lunnie Norton, Evelyne McClendon, and Ruby (Derriek) Morgan, all of Kansas City, Mo., Mae Tayor, of Skipperville, Ala., Hendrietta Summerville of Fairbanks, Emmer (James) Pruitt, and Voncile (Hazel) Roberinson, both of Skipperville, Ala., and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Bill McCleod was preceded in death by his parents, Shellie Walter McCleod, Ester Mae McCleod, and his stepson, Fela Hill Avery.
The family would like to thank Dr. Stark, Teressa, Dr. Vaughn, Trina Anderson, Elizabeth Kibley, Amare, Jessica, Chaplain Steve and especially Dr. Carl Thomas.
Also much thanks to Dorothy Snelling, Francis Stout, Teliah Green, Hendrietta Summerville, Wanda Terry and all of the church members.
A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at First Church of God in Christ, 308 Ladd St., Fairbanks.