Dr.William R. Threlkeld

April 15, 1929 - July 6, 2013
Dr.William R. Threlkeld

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On Saturday, July 6th, Dr. Bill Threlkeld, 84, stepped out into eternity to be with God. Bill was husband to his wife of many years, Anne Barnette Threlkeld; daddy to his three daughters and their husbands: Debra Threlkeld, Patty & Al Dorn, and Joy & Joe Strassel; and spiritual father and brother to hundreds of Christians throughout the world.

Pages from his life were filled with stories of the Sahara Desert to trips down dusty roads in Africa, from flying jets in the Air Force to fly-fishing in Colorado, from serving others to serving the God he loved. His legacy will continue to live on in the people he touched and changed. On the last page of his life, it simply reads, “Well done, good and faithful servant.î

The family and invited guests will lay this honorable man to rest with full military honors at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain, NC, on Friday, July 12th at 2:00.

The next day, his life will be celebrated at the First Alliance Church of Hendersonville, NC, on Saturday, July 13th at 2:00.

For any who want to share their thoughts or condolences concerning Bill, please go online at: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/Threlkeld.

For any who wish to honor Bill, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, you make a gift to one of Billís favorite Christian ministries, The Navigators, online at: http://www.navigators.org/us/support or via the mail at The Navigators – Donor Services, PO Box 6000, Colorado Spring, CO 80934-6000.


Friday, July 12, 2013
12:00 AM

Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery - Directions
962 Old US 70 Hwy. West
Black Mountain, NC 28711


Saturday, July 13, 2013
12:00 AM

First Alliance Church - Directions
1821 Windsor Drive
Hendersonville, NC 28791

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  • July 11, 2013
    Robert B. Linden says:
    When I met Bill I had gone from being a pew-sitter growing up to being a proselytizing atheist and finally very deeply involved in the New Age. I really looked forward to working with Bill as my assigned mentor over the next six weeks in my new assignment with the Air Force because I loved to argue and just knew that I would be able to get Bill to join me in some excellent arguments which I just knew would end up converting him away from being such an outspoken Christian. However, each and every time I brought up a question expecting to get into a heated argument, Bill would patiently and softly deal with my question as if I were really seeking knowledge. I was never able to force, cajole or badger him into an argument! After our six weeks together, he and Anne had us over for dinner. Afterwards, Bill sat Patty and me down and patiently went over the bridge illustration for 1 1/2 hours! Afterwards, when he asked if I wanted to receive Christ as my Savior and Lord I said "No". Well, at that point, he politely and very calmly said, "Well your blood is on your head. I've done all I can do." It wasn't until some three days later that I said to God, "Perhaps all that Bill had said was right and if You want my life, God, I will give it to You right now--lock, stock and barrel and if You will show me that You've taken me, I'll get my wife and pray." I knew instantly that He had received me because of the incredible joy, excitement and peace that I experienced all at the same time. All of this was the culmination of God's willing and obedient servant, Bill, patiently and persistently persevering with me who deserved none of his kindness and love. Bill was and will ever be my example of a man fully committed to God and His glory. He is my spiritual father, my best friend and the man who will always be with me in my mind and heart!

  • July 11, 2013
    Karen Klutz Perry says:
    Debra, you are in my thouhts and prayers during this time of loss>

  • July 11, 2013
    Bob & Patty Linden says:
    How glorious for a believer when our Lord calls him Home but those left behind still feel sorrow for the loss. We share your sadness and want you to know that you all have our love and prayers.

  • July 11, 2013
    Kathi Sapp says:
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • July 12, 2013
    Jamie and Doug Sharp says:
    We are so saddened to hear of the death of Dr. Threlkeld. We know that he was adored by his family and will be greatly missed. We also know that Dr. Threlkeld was a believer who has met our Savior face to face. How marvelous it is to know that he will be reunited with his precious family. Now we weep but one day we will jump for joy when we are reunited in heaven at that most perfect family reunion. God bless you all.