Chick III, William "Bill" Coville, 60, died Thursday, February 14, 2013 at North Florida Regional Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. Bill was a 6th Generation Floridian, born in Pompano Beach, FL on July 10, 1952 and graduated in 1970 from Pompano Beach High School. Opened his first sports bar, "The Locker Room", in 1979 in Pompano Beach. While visiting Gainesville, FL in the mid 80s he had a vision. He moved to Gainesville in 1988 and made that vision a reality. He opened the now famous "BALLS" Sports Bar in 1989. Later in 1999 he opened "Jacks" Sports Bar named after his beloved grandfather, T.S. "Jack" Pridemore. From 1988 on he called Gainesville home and became well known and loved by many. Bill is survived by his parents, William C. Chick and Barbara L. Pridemore Chick of Pompano Beach and Gainesville, FL. Siblings, Rock, Russ, and Stacy Chick. Children, Casey, Jacey, Mike; and their mother, Robin Chick; Cassidy Chick; stepdaughter, Alesha Busch and their mother, Kelly Busch. Son-in-law, Philip Wyrick. Grandchildren, Jayse and Jax. Nephews/nieces, Chantz, Jack, Cade, Jessica, and Chelsea Chick. Business manager and long-time friend, Dustin Stower. Preceded in death by his beloved brother, Jay Mike Chick. Gainesville, Florida services: Westside Baptist Church, 10,000 W. Newberry Rd., Gainesville, Florida 32606, Wednesday, February 20, 2013. Viewing from 1 to 2 p.m. Service will begin at 2 p.m., burial immediately following at Forest Meadows Cemetery, 4100 NW 39th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32606. Cards or flowers may be sent to: Milam Funeral Home, 311 South Main Street, Gainesville, Florida 32601. Pompano Beach, Florida services: First Baptist Church, 138 NE 1st St., Pompano Beach, FL 33060, Tuesday, February 26, 2013. Visitation at 3 p.m. Memorial service at 4 p.m.
Published in Sun-Sentinel on Feb. 19, 2013