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William “Bill” Barber Thrall Sr., 89, passed away at his home on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, just one month shy of his 90th birthday.
Bill was born in the District of Columbia on Feb. 17, 1927. A World War II veteran, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was stationed overseas during World War II.
Upon returning, Bill worked in the laboratory division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He met Vivian Hill and was married shortly thereafter. After relocating to Williamsburg, he and his brother Richard “Dicky” started up the Thrall Brothers Paint Contracting business, which was in operation for many years.
Later, he became a realtor and received his broker’s license. Bill was a troop leader with the Boy Scouts (Eagles) at Bruton Parish Church, Troop 103, and was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame in 1974.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Vivian Ceceilia Thrall; daughter, Karen Thrall Holtz, and son-in-law, Richard L. “Butch” Holtz; daughter, Jo Thrall Turnelle, and son-in-law, Gene Turnelle; son, William Thrall Jr., and daughter-in-law, Diane Thrall; and five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Williamsburg Memorial Park, 130 King William Dr., Williamsburg.
Online condolences may be offered at www.nelsencares.com.