Mr. William Eli "Bill" Whitesell, III , age 86 died Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at his home. Funeral Services will be Sunday afternoon at 2 PM at Reformation Lutheran Church by the Rev. Gene Baker. The family will greet friends at Hartley Funeral Home from 12:30 until 1:45 PM before service time . Mr. Whitesell was born August 21, 1930 in Lancaster, SC. A son of the late William Eli Whitesell, Jr, and Nell Mobley Wood Whitesell, and was married to Lynn Riner Whitesell. Bill served our great country in the U.S. Coast Guard for 3 years in the aviation division of Search and Rescue. Bill was a retired Professional Flight Engineer with Overseas National Airways of New York and flew 19,000 + hours world wide. His experience encompassed 6 continents. Bill was a member of Reformation Lutheran Church. Bill is survived by his wife of 66 years, Lynn Riner Whitesell of the home, 1 son, William Eli Whitesell, IV and wife Chikako, of Seattle Washington, 2 daughters, Cheryl Whitesell Lark and husband Carl of Greenville, SC, and Terry Lynn Whitesell McMurray and husband James Daniel of Chester, SC, 1 sister Virginia Jaillette Fleming of Lancaster, SC , 5 Grandchildren, Mallory Bree Treece and husband David, Cooper Long and wife Laura, Ian Long, Sarah Whitesell, and Emilie Whitesell. The Hartley Funeral Home, 684 Hubbard Drive, Lancaster, SC, (285-8000) is taking care of Bill, Lynn, their children, and grandchildren.
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