Billy Runyon

Billy Runyon

Thursday, September 3rd, 1931 - Sunday, July 26th, 2020
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Bill T. Runyon of Roanoke, Virginia, passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2020. He was the son of the late Thomas H. and Neva T. Runyon.

He was a long-time member of First Baptist Church and served as an usher for many years. Bill attended Greenbrier Military Academy and V.P.I.'s schools of engineering and cost accounting. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War in the Strategic Air Command's radar operations in North Africa. On return to this country he was based at the Air Force Radar Center at M.I.T. for the development of new defense systems for the United States.

Bill was employed by Eli Lilly & Company in cost accounting for their Diamond Plastics facility in Roanoke. He served as secretary of the National Association of Cost Accountants and president of the Big Lick Kiwanis Club.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2020, at Sherwood Memorial Park, with the Rev. Wayne Gadman, Pastoral Care of First Baptist Church, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to charity.
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  • Graveside

    Saturday, August 1st, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, August 1st, 2020 11:00am
    Sherwood Memorial Park
    Address Not Available
    Graveside Service - NO Military Honors wanted.
    Rev. Wayne Gadman
  • Visitation

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    No Public Visitation.


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Ben Lewis

Posted at 08:39am
I only had the pleasure of knowing Bill for the past eight years. We enjoyed sharing stories during our weekly meetings at The Big Lick Breakfast Club. He was a fine gentleman!!!!!
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Kevin Cameron

Posted at 06:31am
Bill was my neighbor for nearly ten years. I would like to share a few of my memories and opinions of the man. He was a special man. Dedicated to service in his church and community. He cared about the world around him and always kept up on current affairs as well as being an inveterate history buff! Bill was a member of numerous organizations and clubs. He loved having lunch or coffee with friends and socializing. Though he was never married he loved a young lady named Bette and shared most of his adult life with her as his number one confidant and companion.

In many ways Bill was a dedicated servant to his community and country. His father was a WWI veteran and Bill was later inspired to do his service in the military. His experience in early radar technology made him an armature weather expert. His home was always adorned with multiple anemometers and weather stations! Bill was fiscally conservative as one might imagine a cost accountant would be and he was able to retire at a very young age (later 50’s I believe). He once told me he had enjoyed more years enjoying retirement than he had working years. He loved trips to the coast but always felt Appalachia was home. He enjoyed hiking and even cave exploring as a young man.

Bill also loved cars! He once was pulled over in his corvette for swerving and dodging in the roadway...when the officer asked why he was driving so erratic Bill answered, “have you ever hit a pothole the size of that in one of these things?!” He was nearly 80 at the time. The officer let him go with a warning. :-)

I am honored to have known, Bill. Rest In Peace my friend, Job well done.


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