Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Bill Withers, Son of Central Great William (Babe) Withers Died March 17th

There's an obituary for Bill Withers in this morning's Wisconsin State Journal. Bill was the son of William (Babe) Withers (Class of 1947), a star athlete at Madison Central High School, who died at 34, a few months after the annual faculty-alumni game in 1963.

Bill Withers attended Madison East High School, where he was an outstanding athlete in basketball and football. Many of us knew him from watching him play against our teams. Some of us have known him since grade school. Bill's family lived on Jenifer Street, right across from the Marquette School playground. Bill was 57 when he died.

Click HERE to go to today's online edition of the Wisconsin State Journal obituaries (scroll down near the end of the page for Bill's obituary).

1 comment:

D Strand said...

Thanks so much for this obituary. Bill was a good friend whom I hadn't seen in a long time. As we were both Eastsiders I knew Bill pretty well. He WAS a great athlete. The team that I played on with him most directly was the Junior League baseball team WISM at Vilas Park in the summer of 1962. Bill played centerfield and I caught. We were one game away from winning the city championship.
When we were Juniors and Bill was a Sophomore, Mr. Harris changed his offense around to utilize Bill's talents more in basketball. Then one day Bill was gone and we heard he transfered to East where he led the Purgolders to the State Championship in 1966. He was the leading scorer and best player on that team. That was a HUGE accomplishment. I don't think that East had won the state in basketball since Pat Richter won it in 1958 or 9!
I also knew his brother Rick and was saddened to hear of his passing in Bill's obituary.
Anyway, Bill's passing truly saddens me. He had a way about him that was fun and full of life. I greatly appreciated his friendship!! He was a great guy, a good friend, and an outstanding athlete!! REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND!