William “Bill” Thomas Terrell passed away peacefully on March 17th at his North Fort Myers, Florida home. He was born on January 16, 1947, the 3rd child of seven siblings of the late Russell A. Terrell and Blemyre B. (Miller) Terrell. He is survived by his wife Judy A. (Withem) Terrell.
Bill was a fighter from a very early age having survived polio and living in an iron lung at age two. He enlisted in the Navy after graduating from Spencer High School. Bill was a very proud US Navy Veteran. He served as an Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Petty Officer and was stationed aboard the USS Iwa Jima. Once stateside he continued his career in aviation with TWA at the Indianapolis Airport. Several years later Bill owned “The Tire Shop” in Spencer along with a good friend Bud Franklin of Franklin Auto Sales. The two of them did their best to keep Spencer citizens with a decent car and good set of tires. Often, he spent evenings with Bobby Hall installing wood stoves, or with his brother Don Terrell putting up satellite dishes or helping with heating and air jobs. Bill joked about how he knew a little bit about everything. To his family, He could do it ALL!
In the early 80’s Bill worked for Spencer Owen Community Schools as the Director of Physical Plant for 5 buildings. He absolutely loved working in the school system and being around all the kids especially his 3 girls. He always knew what classes they were in and would make little pop-ins just to make sure they were present. He retired after 17 years at Cloverdale Community School Corporation as Director of the Physical Plant overseeing the 3 buildings, custodians and bus transportation. He also kept up the tradition of making sure his girls were okay and in class. He oversaw the construction of Cloverdale Middle School during his tenure there. It was one of his proudest accomplishments.
At home Bill and Judy constantly had a project going. It was very rare to spend time being idle. They always had something to do. They enjoyed many years of boating. Bill made sure that his love of water touched his entire family. From the Gulf of Mexico, Lake Monroe and even at Cataract Lake there are numerous memories of water adventures. He loved teaching the grandkids to fish, swim, dive, do back flips and especially ski. All the grandkids loved their weekends at the lake with Mamaw and Papaw. His favorite was nap time with the littles. This time was always signaled with starting the generator to turn on the A/C and a movie.
He is survived by his daughters Jenn (John) Schroer of Plainfield, Pam (Tom) Winders of Cloverdale, and Diana Neace (Bruce Artis) of Cloverdale. Grandchildren Corbin Knapp (Alyssa Watson), Jessica Winders (Tyler Lotz), Kimmy Winders (Kade Schroer), Juliann Schroer, Nick Winders, Sha’ Artis, Jackson Schroer, Shelby Neace, Willy Neace (Ashley Aguirre), Anthony Neace and four great-grandchildren Carter, Tate, Memphis and Oliver. He is also survived by his siblings Diane Morton (Kissimmee FL), Rusty (Barb) Terrell (Spencer IN), Don (Beth) Terrell (Bloomington IN), Lelia (Bruce)Warnke (Jacksonville FL), Chuck (Linda) Terrell (Ft Myers FL), and sister-in-law Carol Terrell (Lehigh Acres FL). Several nieces and nephews also survive.
He is preceded in death by his brother Henry Terrell and brother-in-law Don Morton.
There will be a Celebration of Life at the American Legion located at 501 S. Main St. Cloverdale, Indiana on Sunday, May 22, 2022, from 1:00 – 4:00pm. In honor of Bill, the family invites you to stop by, have a cup of coffee and a donut and share some memories.
501 S. Main St. Cloverdale, Indiana