Bill England was married to the love of his life, Linda, for 47 years. Their love started at age 19 and grew deeper and deeper. Bill was a father of kindness and consistency, a grandfather of sweetness and care, and an uncle of love. Bill is survived and beloved by his wife, Linda, his daughter, Tami, her husband, Jonathon, and his grandchildren, Ren and Eve as well as nieces Denise, Bridget, Rachael and Mickey. Linda's brother J.D. and her sisters Dyanne and Wanda welcomed Bill into their family as he so often welcomed them into his home. His sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Wanda and Bob Jones have been a constant source of love and support especially at this difficult time. In addition to the love of his family, Bill was beloved by the bass fishing community of Southern Louisiana. Bill was a professional bass fisherman and had a reputation for his skill and integrity over his 40-year career. He worked to conserve the bayou that he loved so much and the animals that lived there. It wasn't the awards that moved him as much as it was the act of fishing itself. He loved being on the water and even in the depth of his illness went out with his friend Roger Hudnall as much as he could in the last year. Just a few weeks ago, he went out with his nephew and friend Lynn Alexander and caught the last big mouth bass of his life. His illness this last year could not stop his undeterred spirit of bravery, humility, and kindness. Bill was born William Lewis England, in Philadelphia, PA on September 28, 1947 to "Jack" Otis England of Arkansas and Monica Andrews of Pennsylvania, who both preceded him in death. Bill passed away in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, February 18, 2014. He was sleeping peacefully and holding his wife's hand. There will be a celebration this week of the life he lived. Visitation will begin Thursday the 20th from 5p.m. until 8p.m. and will continue Friday morning the 21st at 9 a.m. until the service at 10:30 a.m. All services will be held at Seale Funeral Home in Denham Springs, LA. A graveside service will be at 2:30 Friday afternoon at a family cemetery at 111 Overpass Trail, Bogue Chitto, MS. There is also an online guess book for those who would like to sign and/or leave messages at www.sealefuneral.com.
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Seale Funeral Service, Inc.
1720 S. Range Ave. Denham Springs, LA 70726
Published in TheAdvocate.com from Feb. 20 to Feb. 22, 2014