John William “Bill” Squibb, 85, Jonesborough, born June 2, 1928, entered into rest on September 25, 2013, at Holston Valley Hospital in Kingsport, Tennessee, surrounded by his loving family.
A native of Washington County, Mr. Squibb lived in the Sulphur Springs Community on the Squibb Family Farm his entire life. He was the eldest child of the late William Hal and Verna Maude Sherfey Squibb. He was salutatorian of the Class of 1946 at Sulphur Springs School.
Mr. Squibb is survived by his wife of 62 years, Alma Lee Gray Squibb; two sons; John William “Johnny” Squibb Jr., of Jonesborough, and Hal Mark Squibb and his wife, Cheryl, of Bristol, VA; four daughters: Ramona Leigh Squibb Bird and husband, David, Paula Elizabeth Squibb Maupin and husband, Rick, Paulette Elaine Squibb Winkle and husband, Robert, and Sarah Ileana Squibb, all of Jonesborough; ten grandchildren: John William “Billy” Squibb III, Amber Leigh Squibb, Catherine Maude Squibb, of Jonesborough, Brittany Rebecca Bird Phillips (Eric), of FL, Andrew David Bird, Jonesborough, Andrea Nicole Maupin Smith (Zach), of Jonesborough, Richard Christopher Maupin, Johnson City, Jessica Ann Winkle Barrett (Joseph), and Christopher Paul Winkle, all of Jonesborough, and Rachel Morgan Leonard, of Knoxville; great-grandchild, Lucas Daniel Smith; one brother, Donald Shelton Squibb; two sisters, Marsha Faye Squibb, of Jonesborough, and Martha Kaye Squibb Atwood, of Mountain City; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mr. Squibb worked as a farmer for his entire life. He was also a Rural Mail Carrier for both the Jonesborough and Gray Post Offices for 41 years. Mr. Squibb also worked as a substitute teacher and bus driver for Washington County Schools. He worked as a carpenter for Harold Larimer Construction.
Mr. Squibb was very community-minded and served as a volunteer in many organizations. He was a member of the Washington County Board of Education for 29 years. He also served as a member of the Sulphur Springs Volunteer Fire Department, as president and member of the Sulphur Springs Ruritan and Community Chest, and as a Trustee of Sulphur Springs Cemetery.
Mr. Squibb loved his church, Sulphur Springs United Methodist, where he was a lifelong member. He served as the Sunday School Superintendent at the young age of eighteen and served as Chairperson of the Administrative Board for over 35 years. He also served as a Sunday school teacher for most of his adult life. In addition, Bill served as a song leader, choir member, and member of various other committees in his beloved church. His wonderful church family held a dear and special place in his heart.
Bill loved baseball and played many years as both a teen and an adult. He loved coaching community youth baseball teams and watching his beloved New York Yankees. In his later years, Bill especially enjoyed “loafing” and playing rook with his cronies at Benny Massengill’s Food Shop in Sulphur Springs.
Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, September 29, 2013, at Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church with Rev. Lauri Jo Cranford and Rev. Zach Smith officiating.
The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 5:00-7:00 p.m. Sunday prior to the service.
Interment services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 30, 2013, at Sulphur Springs Cemetery. Friends are requested to meet at the church at 10:45 a.m. Monday. Pallbearers will include: Billy Squibb, Andrew Bird, Christopher Winkle, Ricky Maupin, Henry Walker, Bruce Bacon, Joe Bacon and Dale Sanders. Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church Men’s Sunday School Class and his cronies at Benny’s Food Shop in Sulphur Springs. Officiating Clergy will be Reverend Lauri Jo Cranford and Reverend Zach Smith.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church Building Fund, 1432 Gray Station Sulphur Springs Rd., Jonesborough, TN 37659.
Condolences may be sent to the Squibb family online at www.dillow-taylor.com.
Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Jonesborough, 753-3821