Bill Webb, 89, led a fruitful life. He was the son of Mary Margaret Richmond Webb and Jones Oliver Webb, Sr. of Prestonsburg, KY. Bill was a proud graduate of the University of Kentucky, Morehead University, and Ball State University. Bill married Valeria Warrix Webb, the love of his life, on September 7, 1956. They were blessed with two children: Elizabeth Webb Petry of Madison, VA, and William David (David) Webb II of Knob Noster, MO. In addition to their children, Bill and Valeria were blessed with six grandchildren: Gabriel and Cathy Petry, Alexander and Carmen Petry, Elliott and Jessica Petry, Emily Webb Anderson, Benjamin Webb, and Andrew Webb, and ten great-grandchildren: Kenneth Petry, Elizabeth Petry, Isabelle Petry, Noah Petry, Gordon Petry, Clarke Petry, Grayson Petry, Timothy Anderson, Olivia Anderson, and Michael Anderson. Of course, he would list among his children the thousands of students with whom he taught over the years. Bill and Valeria birthed a legacy of teaching as Elizabeth (daughter) and Elliott (grandson) followed their path to being teachers.
After graduating from college, Bill worked as a cartographer for the Aeronautical Chart and Information Center in St. Louis, MO. In 1963, he returned to Kentucky to earn a degree in teaching. He moved our family to Wilkinson, IN, where he and Valeria proudly taught for Eastern Hancock County Schools for the next 35 years. Bill sponsored many groups during his years as a teacher including the Model United Nations and Hi-Y. He also was the voice of the Royals for football and basketball for many years. After retirement, he continued to work in education with Lexington Christian Academy. Bill also spent time as a guide with the Kentucky State Senate.
Bill loved his family, and family gatherings were very special to him. He loved to travel and explore all that the area had to offer especially the fine eating establishments along the way. He was also a master gardener and bird watcher. Bill loved talking to everyone and enjoyed engaging in long conversations with everyone. Finally, he had a lasting love of music that ranged from the Big Bands, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Dionne Warwick, to Celine Dion, Mannheim Steamroller, and Lady Gaga.
Services will be held on March 10, at Madison UMC, in Madison, VA at 3:00 p.m. Richard Grendahl will preside over the service. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Rose Park UMC to restore the sanctuary. Rose Park UMC 318 Shelby Road, Madison, VA.