William “Bill” Jefferson Suggs, III
William “Bill” Jefferson Suggs, III, 71, died suddenly Sunday, Sept. 11 while driving with his wife, Cheryl Ann, to Montana.
He was born on Sept. 13, 1944 in Gainesville, Fla.
Bill is survived by his wife Cheryl Ann; a step-son, Roy Alan Hastings; a sister, Kathryn Otterbein; a brother, Jeffrey Suggs; special friends, Wallace Ingram and Scott Roberts, who Bill thought of as sons.
Bill was a graduate of Georgia Southern University prior to embarking on a 22-year-career with the United States Army, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1990. During his career he traveled the globe becoming fluent in several languages and specializing in Mandarin Chinese. Bill received several awards during his years of service including the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.
A member of the George Lee American Legion Post 532, integrity and patriotism were an integral part of Bill’s identity.
A lover of bluegrass, Bill dreamed of mastering his banjo and having Cheryl Ann accompany him on her guitar. They were known as “the dancers” at the square in Hayesville and at Jimmy’s Pick and Grin in Andrews. Bill especially enjoyed the concerts at the John C. Campbell Folk School and the Friday night jams at Clay’s Corner.
Bill met the love of his life, Cheryl Ann, a high school classmate in 2014. They married on Jan. 4, 2015 and Bill brought his bride to his dream home in Hayesville in July, 2015.
Hayesville, with its people, mountains, woods and trout streams was Bill’s dream.
Cheryl Ann, dancing, his banjo, fly fishing, hunting and enjoying the camaraderie of his friends gave Bill great joy — his greatest — dancing with Cheryl Ann. He was looking forward to resuming his passion for golf.
Special recognition goes to Charlie Shelton and the members of Moss Memorial Baptist Church, Gary and Lori Schuh, Clay Logan, Bill Pruitt, Jimmy Wilson and Harold and Evelyn Parker.
Plans for a celebration of Bill’s life will be announced at a later date when Cheryl Ann has recovered from injuries incurred in the accident.