In Memory

Bill Spruill

Bill Spruill

Leonard William "Bill" Spruill

Leonard William Spruill, 58, of Lynchburg, died Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009.
He was the husband of Elizabeth Martindale "Betty" Spruill for 23 years.

Bill was born Nov. 21, 1950, in Hampton, a son of Essie Rowe Spruill of
Lynchburg and the late William Eli Spruill.

In addition to his wife and mother, Bill is survived by his son, Adam Nash Spruill, and his wife, Liza, of Forest; his grandsons, Andrew and Ashton Spruill of Forest; a brother, James Spruill, and his wife, Laurel, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; a brother-in-law, Bob Martindale, and his wife, Sunny, of New Orleans, La.; a nephew, Boyd Canody, and his wife, Shelia, of Concord; and other aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father, Bill was preceded in death by a brother, Michael.

Bill was a good Christian man who always showed love and compassion for others. The Lord has gained a beautiful bass voice to add to his celestial choir. Bill sang and traveled for many years with both the Jefferson Choral Society and the First Presbyterian Church Choir. Bill never forgot a family member's or friend's birthday. He was known to send a card with an enclosed personal note. He was especially proud of his grandsons, Andrew and Ashton. Bill was a retired school teacher and a member of Grace Memorial Episcopal Church.

A memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church with the Rev. Catharine Montgomery officiating. A reception will follow the service in the church fellowship hall. The family will hold a private inurnment prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, 1021 New Hampshire Ave., Lynchburg, VA 24501, or the charity of your choice.

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11/29/09 07:34 PM #1    

Beverly Greene (Durrer)

I remember Bill as being such a nice guy and it sounds like he never changed. My sympathies to his family in their loss.

02/25/10 04:14 PM #2    

Jon Apgar

Bill and I did alot together; tried out for the drama club, acted in three musicals, sang in the concert choir, went double-dating in his father's 1965 Chrysler, and so on. He was a very talented singer, and was great fun. We lost touch after graduation, and I ran into him in the Roanoke Symphony Chorus in 2004. He was living in Lynchburg and teaching at a community college. For the next five years, Bill, Roger Griffin and myself made a point of having a yearly get-together for hours at different venues, and talk over old times, and have new ones. Roger and I could tell he was getting ill, as he was being treated for primary pulmonary hypertension, but his death this last Septmber came as a shock. At the very time we were to have our 2009 meeting, he had to go to Duke for a pacemaker, and never came out. He was a very gentle soul, with a wonderfully droll, dry sense of humor. He often reminded Roger and me to live in the present, and he was very brave about his illness. He will be (and is) GREATLY missed.

04/13/10 06:43 PM #3    

David Brown

Jon & all other classmates,

I will always know "Bill" as Billy. I knew his mother and brother, Jon, well simply because I spent my early pre-school years in the same neighborhood called Fort Hill in eastern Richmond. I have photos somewhere with us together at around two years old. Essie, his mother, did keep in touch with me until about twently years ago. And, I'm sorry I didn't see Bill before he left us. Now I can only offer my condolences and hope his younger brother is doing well, where ever his life's journey has taken him.


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