Bill, 86, died Dec. 12 in The Villages in Florida. He was born Dec. 14, 1925 at the Bell Field Plantation near Yorktown, to the late William E. Ripley, Sr. & Nannie K. Ripley.
Bill lived his entire life in Williamsburg. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jo, and two sisters and their husbands, Frances R. Gallaghher (Joe) and Mildred R. Moore (Warner).
Bill is survived by two daughters: Carolyn Smith (Kenny) and Jerri Hill (Jimmy) both of Florida. He also leaved four grandchildren, 6 great grand children, 1 great great grandchild.
He is also survived by three sisters, and four brothers: Virginia Walker of Kathleen, Ga.; Faye Ripley of Grants Pass Or.; Katherine Davis and her husband George; Otto Ripley and his wife Jean; Robert Ripley and his wife Cathy, all of Williamsburg; John Ripley and his wife Vickie of Crestview, Fl.; Thomas Ripley and his wife Clara Lee of Danville, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bill was married to Betty Jo Bishop for 65 years until her death in 2009.
Bill was the first person in Williamsburg to join the Navy after the attack on Pearl Harbor. After returning home from the war in 1946, he worked as an electrician at Camp Peary and around town to help people with their electrical needs. He retired in his early 80s.
He loved people and often worked with them so they could do some of their own work under his supervision. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
A local memorial service will be held in the spring for his family and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg, 4445 Powhatan Pky, Williamsburg, 23188.