Lewisburg-Maj. William S. Estepp, USAR Ret., 76, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, at Peyton Hospice House in Lewisburg.
He was born Aug. 4, 1939, in Greenville, SC, the only child of the late Talmadge O’dell Estepp and Bessie Myrtle Whitted Estepp. His first wife, Judith Emmons Estepp, also preceded him in death.
Maj. Estepp began his military career in Infantry first and retired a Major from the U.S. Army after 32 years of service. While in the service during the Vietnam Era, he trained extensively as an ICU Nurse and became an Anesthesiology Nurse. This was a career which carried over after his retirement from the service on June 30, 1986. He was awarded many commendation medals and service ribbons during his service in the Army. His favorite post was in Okinawa, Japan.
On Aug. 27, 1994, he married Marianne Young Estepp and later moved to West Virginia, where he made his first “real home” amongst the trees and mountains. He loved all the deer and little critters that lived on the mountaintop where he made his home and he has rescued many animals since moving to West Virginia.
He was a member of the VFW and Vietnam Veterans of America. While living in Lewisburg, he and his wife became members of Lewisburg United Methodist Church which he attended as long as he was able.
Those left to cherish his memory are: his wife, Marianne; daughter, Merideth Young of Second Creek; two sons, Christopher Estepp of Connecticut and Michael Estepp of Massachusetts. He also leaves behind his black cat and “best friend,” Inky, who was always at his side.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 1, at his residence on Muddy Creek Mountain. Hospice Chaplain, Rev. Ike Hughes will officiate the service.
Internment will take place at a later date in the Elmwood Cemetery, Methuen, Massachusetts.
Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements. Please send online condolences by visiting www.WallaceandWallaceFH.com.