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Bil Heath, 70, died November 28th after an arduous battle with cancer.
William Raleigh Heath, Jr. was a father, husband, son, brother, uncle,
scout, sailor, teacher, hunter, farmer, fisherman, friend and most
importantly a Christian. Born in Yokosuka, Japan on November 7, 1952 to
Maj. William Raleigh Heath, Sr. and Mary Sue Wrenn, his early years were
spent in Japan, California, and Germany, moving to Columbia, SC for
grade school. Bil graduated from AC Flora High School, Newberry College,
and Piedmont Technical College.
Bil earned the rank of Eagle Scout while a member of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church. He proudly served in the US Navy aboard
the Claude V Ricketts guided missile destroyer during the Vietnam conflict.
Bil worked for Milliken and company for many years in various capacities,
even returning to his birthplace, Japan, as HR Director. He retired from
Piedmont Technical College as the radiologic technologist clinical
coordinator. Bil was truly destined for this final vocation, as it gave him
great joy to see his students flourish. He constantly encouraged them and
worked tirelessly to remove barriers to their success while they were his
students and into his retirement years.
Although Bil grew up as a city boy, he cherished the great outdoors and
enjoyed hunting, fishing and working at the Farm - a true labor of love. He
had an uncanny knack for finding common ground for conversation with
most anyone which made for great fun at gatherings of all types. Bil was
always up for an adventure. His kind and generous spirit was evident in all
that he did. Bil loved with his whole heart and this was demonstrated
throughout all aspects of his life.
Surviving are his wife, Susan Wardlaw, his daughter, Lauren (Miguel), his
sister Kathryn, many in-laws, outlaws, nieces, nephews, cousins, former
students, friends, and pups - Subi and Harley. In addition to his parents, he
was predeceased by his sister, Susan.
Many thanks to all who supported him throughout this journey. Presently,
there are no plans for a funeral service.
Memorials can be made to:
Humane Society of McCormick County, Inc. P.O. Box 900 McCormick, SC 29835
Wardlaw Heath Endowed Scholarship Fund
Piedmont Technical College Foundation
PO Box 1467 Greenwood, SC 29648
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