BURLINGTON - Mr. William D. "Bill" Vestal, 56, of 417 Meadowood Drive, Burlington, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2012.
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A native of Alamance County, he was the son of David D. Vestal and Eleanor Neese Vestal, both deceased.
He was married for 33 years to Virginia "Ginger" McDermott Vestal, who survives; and was the father of Lora Scott and son-in-law Matt, and Kristi Collins and son-in-law Chris. Other survivors include a sister, Beth Vestal Ellis and husband Curtis of Raleigh; niece, Catherine Blair Ellis; nephews, Brian Lee Ellis and Christian Curtis Ellis; sisters-in-law, Marcie Valdini and husband Al, Chris MaGrane and husband Bill, Jean Pearl and husband Rick, Barbara Blair and Erin McDermott; brothers-in-law, Ed McDermott and wife Amy and Jack McDermott; father and mother-in-law, Ed and Marcie McDermott; and beloved dog, Grady.
He attended Elon University where he received a degree in Business Administration. His career began as an industrial engineer at Burlington Industries, where he worked from 1982-1985. In 1985, Bill and Dave Stevenson founded Stevenson Vestal, a workroom that manufactures custom window treatments and bedding. Over the years Stevenson Vestal has employed as many as 100 people.
Bill was one of the first to recognize and very aggressively address and provide solutions to Infant Strangulation Due To Cords on Shades and Blinds at SAFE-T-SHADE Inc., a company he co-founded in 2010. He began developing cord safety products in 2005. This led to six patent applications in his name, that address over one billion window treatment safety improvements that will prevent at least 12 infant deaths every year.
Bill was very active in the Alamance community and served as President of Alamance Breakfast Rotary Club, Board of Directors of Alamance County Area Chamber of Commerce and Alamance County Community College Foundation and Small Business Technology and Development Center. He was also a founding director of Vantage South Bank, where he served on the Board of Directors for seven years.
He was known for many years and beloved, as 'Coach Vestal'. His coaching took him from pee-wee football to boys' basketball, girls' basketball, soccer and tennis. He coached Blessed Sacrament basketball for many years, touching the lives of so many children. He was also a founder of the Little Leaders Program of Alamance County. This program was founded on the belief of developing a world-class school system, which would influence our community and strengthen the quality of life for all students. During one of his Little Leaders sessions, he left the audience with a quote from John Quincy Adams that says it all: "If your actions inspire others to dream, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader".
Bill loved his family first and foremost. He inspired the best and contributed the most. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. He loved fishing and boating, smoking barbecue, and cheering his Tar Heels to victory, but he was happiest when he was with his family and friends.
He married Virginia McDermott, who was the love of his life, in 1979. The accomplishments he was most proud of were his two beautiful daughters, Lora and Kristi and his sons in law, Matt and Chris. He loved them more than he loved life.
A memorial service will be conducted at St. Mark's Reformed Church on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 at 11 a.m. by the Rev. Tim Riddle and the Rev. Ben Bishop, with the family receiving friends in the atrium of the church from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. At other times they will be at the residence.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alamance Citizens for Education (ACE), P.O. Box 100, Burlington NC 27216, designated to "Little Leaders".
Rich & Thompson Funeral and Cremation Service in Burlington is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be offered at www.richandthompson.com
Published in TheTimesNews.com from Nov. 26 to Nov. 27, 2012