William Carroll Etherton

October 21, 1919 - March 23, 2016
William Carroll Etherton

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William Carroll Etherton, 96, passed away peacefully at Carolina Village Medical Center Wednesday, March 23, after a short period of declining health. A native of Carbondale, Illinois, he was the son of the late James E. and Julia Mitchell Etherton. He was also proceeded in death by his wife, Helen Lucine Morlock Etherton. They were married 73 years. He was a graduate of Carbondale Community High School, Carbondale, IL and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Illinois. He was a long time member of the university’s Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. He spent the last 30 years as residents of Hendersonville, NC. Mr. Etherton was a member of the Elks Lodge, Lions Club and Shriners for nearly 75 years. He was past Commodore of the National Rebel Sailing Class Association. He was past president of the Carbondale National Bank, Carbondale, IL. He served 6 years on the University of Illinois Alumni Association board and 4 years on the Southern Illinois University Alumni Association board. He was on the board of directors with Carbondale Savings and Loan from 1950-1981. He served during World War II with the United States Army Air Force from 1941-1945. He spent 30 months in Africa and Italy.
Mr. Etherton is survived by his sister Annabel Etherton Bergman (Ken) of Wheaton, IL; two sons, James W. Etherton and his wife Cindy of Swansea, IL and Justin (Jud) E. Etherton and his wife Gayle of Hendersonville; four grandchildren, James Justin Etherton of Belleville, IL, Julie Etherton Parker and her husband Jeff of Salisbury, Dottie Etherton Morgan and her husband Chad of Peoria, AZ and Myra Etherton McDonough and her husband Kip of Hickory; seven great-grandchildren, Sarah, Brian and Faith Parker, Will, Landon and Grace Morgan and Harrison McDonough. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held at 10:00am Saturday, April 2, followed by a memorial service at 11:00am at First Baptist Church, Hendersonville, NC. Steve Scoggins will officiate. Burial will be in Carbondale, IL at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 571 S. Allen Rd. Flat Rock, NC 28731 or to First Baptist Church, 312 Fifth Avenue West, Hendersonville, NC 28739.


Saturday, April 2, 2016
12:00 AM

First Baptist Church of Hendersonville - Directions
312 5th Avenue West
Hendersonville, NC 28739


Saturday, April 2, 2016
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

First Baptist Church of Hendersonville - Directions
312 5th Avenue West
Hendersonville, NC 28739

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  • March 30, 2016
    Alton Connor says:
    Jud, Gayle and family ~ My heart and prayers go out to you in the Homegoing of your Dad. He was blessed with a long life and you were blessed to have him for such a long time. Now, he is at Home with the Lord and is enjoying all of the multitude blessings of being at Home in Heaven. With my Love, Prayers and Deepest Sympathy ~ Alton

  • April 04, 2016
    Bill and Jan Stakias says:
    To all of Bill's family, we send our condolences. Bill was such a gentleman and a fine person. He was a fellow Lion and church friend.

  • April 29, 2016
    Christopher Fromme says:
    Bill was one of the many friends that I grew up sailing with. A gentleman and fine competitor, say hi to my dad