In memory of
William Richard Demaray
In memory of
William Richard Demaray
William Richard Demaray (Bill), age 95, passed away January 26, 2021 from heart complications. Bill was a resident of Birmingham for over 60 years. He is preceded in death by his wife Patricia Coyne Demaray and son Coyne Drew Demaray; parents, Richard Charles Demaray and Edna Brainard Demaray, and his brother, John Robert Demaray. He is survived by his daughter, Debbe Demaray Ezzell, and grandchildren William Douglas Ezzell (Caitlin), and Elizabeth Ezzell Perry (Jeff) all of Atlanta, Ga.; five great-grandchildren: Virginia Coyne, Ellery Ann and William Porterfield Ezzell; and Benjamin Harrington and Jack Royce Perry all of Atlanta, Ga.; and a nephew Richard Demaray of Tulsa, Ok. Bill was born on October 27, 1925 in Stockton, Kansas and was raised in Joplin, Missouri. In junior high, he met Patricia Royce Coyne who would later become his wife of 58 years. Upon graduating from Joplin High School, Bill then attended Park College for officer training. He went on to serve in the United States Navy as an Ensign in World War II. After the war, he graduated from The University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Bill later received a Master of Business Administration from New York University. Bill had an extensive career in retail management. He started this career with JC Penney in Corpus Christi, Texas. He later moved with the company to Houston, Jackson and Birmingham. In Birmingham, he successfully opened and managed stores at Eastwood Mall and Century Plaza where he spent many happy years. Following his retirement from JC Penney, he was co-owner of Jones-Lawless, Inc. a chain of men and boys clothing stores in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa. Bill was a member of The Club and Vestavia Country Club for many years where he was an avid golfer. He was an incredibly friendly and kind gentleman with many friends and enjoyed interacting with them as often as possible. Bill loved his family greatly. Some of his fondest activities were attending birthday parties and as many sporting events as possible for his two grandchildren who were so special to him. Bill loved Alabama football and used to joke that Bear Bryant could walk on water. Fittingly, both Bear and Bill passed away on the same day in January. Bill had a strong faith and dearly loved his church, Independent Presbyterian Church. The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made in Bill's name to Independent Presbyterian Church, 3100 Highland Ave., Birmingham, AL 35205. A small memorial service for family members will be held at Independent Presbyterian Church. A celebration of his life with friends who knew Bill will be held later in the spring/summer. Everyone who knew Bill was aware that he didn't like to tell people goodbye, so in his favorite words he leaves this earth saying "Happy Day".
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In memory of
William Richard Demaray
William Richard Demaray (Bill), age 95, passed away January 26, 2021 from heart complications. Bill was a resident of Birmingham for over 60 years. He is preceded in death by his wife Patricia Coyne Demaray and son Coyne Drew Demaray; parents, Richard Charles Demaray and Edna Brainard Demaray, and his brother, John Robert Demaray. He is survived by his daughter, Debbe Demaray Ezzell, and grandchildren William Douglas Ezzell (Caitlin), and Elizabeth Ezzell Perry (Jeff) all of Atlanta, Ga.; five great-grandchildren: Virginia Coyne, Ellery Ann and William Porterfield Ezzell; and Benjamin Harrington and Jack Royce Perry all of Atlanta, Ga.; and a nephew Richard Demaray of Tulsa, Ok. Bill was born on October 27, 1925 in Stockton, Kansas and was raised in Joplin, Missouri. In junior high, he met Patricia Royce Coyne who would later become his wife of 58 years. Upon graduating from Joplin High School, Bill then attended Park College for officer training. He went on to serve in the United States Navy as an Ensign in World War II. After the war, he graduated from The University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Bill later received a Master of Business Administration from New York University. Bill had an extensive career in retail management. He started this career with JC Penney in Corpus Christi, Texas. He later moved with the company to Houston, Jackson and Birmingham. In Birmingham, he successfully opened and managed stores at Eastwood Mall and Century Plaza where he spent many happy years. Following his retirement from JC Penney, he was co-owner of Jones-Lawless, Inc. a chain of men and boys clothing stores in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa. Bill was a member of The Club and Vestavia Country Club for many years where he was an avid golfer. He was an incredibly friendly and kind gentleman with many friends and enjoyed interacting with them as often as possible. Bill loved his family greatly. Some of his fondest activities were attending birthday parties and as many sporting events as possible for his two grandchildren who were so special to him. Bill loved Alabama football and used to joke that Bear Bryant could walk on water. Fittingly, both Bear and Bill passed away on the same day in January. Bill had a strong faith and dearly loved his church, Independent Presbyterian Church. The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made in Bill's name to Independent Presbyterian Church, 3100 Highland Ave., Birmingham, AL 35205. A small memorial service for family members will be held at Independent Presbyterian Church. A celebration of his life with friends who knew Bill will be held later in the spring/summer. Everyone who knew Bill was aware that he didn't like to tell people goodbye, so in his favorite words he leaves this earth saying "Happy Day".
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