WILLIAM L. AVERITTE
1929 - 2013
William L. Averitte, 84, of Cantonment, passed away Oct. 8, 2013, at Baptist Hospital.
William was born Jan.30, 1929 in the Vander community near Fayetteville, NC. He loved his family and childhood, saying he grew up in the best time in history, despite being born the year the Great Depression began. He served in the Army
and met his wife Mary Ann at a Lawrence Welk dance while stationed in Wisconsin. He attended North Carolina State University on a GI bill, where he studied industrial engineering and then went to work for Westinghouse in Raleigh, N.C. He retired as a senior engineer from the Pensacola Westinghouse plant.
Bill enjoyed many hobbies, including woodworking, fishing, gardening, bowling, hunting and golf. In his younger years, he played several sports and later he enjoyed coaching the winning Westinghouse basketball team. He was an avid reader, averaging five books a week until his death, as well as a Civil War history buff and an engaging conversationalist and story teller. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Milton, where he served in many capacities. He appreciated his many friends, including his Wednesday morning breakfast buddies, who met for 20-plus years.
Preceding him in death are his wife Mary Ann and his sons, Bryce (on whose birthday he passed) and Brent; grandson Chad Averitte and brother Clayton Averitte.
He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Allison and Alex McCrory of Cantonment; granddaughter, Kendall McCrory of Tallahassee and grandsons, Troy Averitte of Navarre and Stephen McCrory of Boston. Also surviving him are his sister, Louise Hanlon of Cocoa Beach and brother Robert Averitte of Greensboro, N.C.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 12, 2013 at Bayview Fisher-Pou Chapel with Reverend Frank Beall officiating.
Entombment will follow at Bayview Memorial Park with military honors.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., Saturday.
BAYVIEWFISHER-POU CHAPEL, 3351 Scenic Highway is entrusted with arrangements.
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