William B. ‘Bill’ Clontz, 85, sang, played guitar at Cape Fear Hotel Apartments

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William B. "Bill" Clontz
William B. “Bill” Clontz

William B. “Bill” Clontz, of Wilmington, died Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He was 85.

Bill was born in Charlotte on Jan. 25, 1930, son of the late Otto James Clontz Sr. and Sarah Miranda Boger.

Bill received his education at Caswell Training School in Kinston. At the age of nine, he taught himself to play the guitar so he could play with his uncles. He loved bluegrass, especially Bill Monroe and Southern Gospel. For many years, Bill sang and played the guitar with Wendy Rackley and Angie Davis at the prayer services at Cape Fear Hotel Apartments.

His favorite songs were “I’m Using My Bible as a Road Map,” “Amazing Grace” and “You Are My Sunshine.”

Bill was preceeded in death by his sisters, Kathryn Shelton, Helen McGlynn and Ruth Carolyn Clontz; brother, Otto James Clontz Jr.; nephew, Sonny White; and niece, Sarah Snyder.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his nieces, Cynthia Hunt, of the home, Sarah Nohlgren, Katherine McGlynn and Sylvia Baucom and nephews, O. J. (Jim) Clontz III, Michael McGlynn and Paul McGlynn and their respective families. Billy also loved his cousins in his beloved Union County and their families. The Clontz family reunion was the highlight of the year.

The family would like to thank Bill’s caregivers and friends at PACE, his very special friends on the praise team and his church family at Glad Tidings.

A visitation will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, at Glad Tidings Church, 3110 Randall Parkway, Wilmington, with the celebration of Billy’s life following at 3 p.m. Pastor Henry Carroll will officiate. Interment will follow at a later date at Lafayette Memorial Gardens in Fayetteville.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral & Cremation Service.

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