William Samuel Talley, the son of John William and Annie Mae (Murphy) Talley, was born on February 6, 1945 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
William, also known to family and friends as 'Bill' or 'Billy,' married Theda Kyser on August 23, 1969. Their union was blessed with two daughters, Karma Lanéa and Leah Nicole.
William was educated in the Indianapolis Public School System, and graduated from Shortridge High School in 1963.
William joined the United States Air Force where he served as an Air Force Policeman from June 1963 thru April 1967. He served in Vietnam, and was later on Reserve Duty. He received an honorable discharge in June 1969.
William worked at the Allison Gas Turbine Division of General Motors Corporation for 25 years, and Rolls Royce (formerly Allison GM) for 13 years. He retired in August 2005.
William was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses in January 1977 and shared the Bible's hope for the future with others. Throughout the years he attended several congregations and he loved taking his family to the Assemblies and Conventions of Jehovah's Witnesses, and meeting new friends at the Kingdom Halls abroad and spending time with them and their families.
William dearly loved his family and children. He enjoyed traveling, and vacationing to various destinations, and spending time with his grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He loved to go on picnics and to family gatherings. He loved animals and had several cherished pets, and donated to charitable organizations dedicated to preventing cruelty to animals. He enjoyed playing sports and coaching. He played basketball in high school and on the team of his Air Force Unit, and was known for the 'long shots,' the 3 pointers.
William was caring, generous and funny. His warm, boyish smile and big heart will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
William fell asleep in death on Sunday, September 2, 2018 at the age of seventy-three. He is preceded by his parents, and eldest brother George Wilbur (Alma). He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife Theda, daughters Karma Harris (Jeff) and Leah Duling (Tom), sisters Norma (Ben) and Sheila (Darryl), brothers Tracy, Gregory, Keith (Stephanie), James "Jimmy" (Tiffani), and John Corey Talley, step-brothers Reginald and Kyle (Dorothy) Mason, two grandchildren Jaira and Kristopher Harris, and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
I’m so sorry for the loss of your loved one, may you ALL draw comfort from the scriptures during this difficult time, you are in my prayers dear sister.
Theda and family, please be assured of my deepest sympathy and warm Christian love during your time of grief. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May you continue to be sustained and comforted by the hope of seeing Bill again.
So sorry for your loss Sister Talley. May we look forward to the fulfillment of Isaiah 25:8 when "He will actually swallow up death forever" (Isaiah 25:8) and all will be able to say, "Death, where is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55). May the congregation, your family, and encouraging scriptures be a source of comfort to you during this difficult time. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Sister Theda and Family I send love and continued prayers and wait patiently for The Resurrection Hope so that I may see Brother William in Paradise as well as all of the Family. Jehovah is so loving to give His most Precious Son Jesus so that we may live!
Memories of our family and friends
Losing someone you love in death is one of the saddest and toughest things to experience in life in this old world. I lost my father in 2013 and then one of my sisters in 2017. What's worse is losing someone who suffered miserably from illnesses that you were powerless to cure or to soothe. Despite your countless visits, hugs, words of support and comfort, cards, gifts, and many, many, many, prayers the inevitable could not be abated. You knew that the longer their "relief" from this torture took, the longer your loved one would suffer, painfully, agonizingly, needlessly. What a stark contrast to the Bill I remember! He was such an active, high-spirited, guy! He loved to take road trips with family and relatives. And love his family, relatives, and friends he did! He also took an interest in sports. Collecting ball caps, tee shirts and memorabilia. He supported Indiana's Pacers and Colts teams, like any loyal fan, even when those teams failed to score victoriously. Bill had a sense of humor and loved to make others smile. He has a deep sense of caring for others even when circumstances in life eventually turned against him and the pressures of losing loved ones over the years, including his cat, Silver, and failing when his health started to fade, he still managed to make a smile. There are so many fond memories to share of Bill. Losing Bill, who was just 73 years old, makes those memories all the more important and precious to hang on to for those whom he loved and loved him in return and will miss him. The heartache has already shadowed over the grieving hearts of many and the realization of his absence will hit even harder in the days and weeks to come. So we wait patiently with hope and faith towards the resurrection. Until that day, we'll miss him. I'll miss him. We'll cry over him. I'm mourning. We'll pray for comfort for his family, for us he leaves behind, and an easing of our pain of heart. I pray each one who mourns to be blessed. May we find comfort from Jehovah by means of his holy spirit, his Word, and the ransom sacrifice of his Son, Jesus Christ. I love you, Dad. Hope to see you in Paradise.
Some memories to share of my dear husband and family.
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