Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Memorial Services for Bill Withers on April 29, 2006

There was an updated obituary for Bill Withers in Sunday's Wisconsin State Journal. It contained the following additional information: "Memorial services for all to celebrate Billy's life will be held at CHRIST CHURCH, 1711 Thierer Road in Madison on Saturday, April 29, 2006, at 11 a.m. Please send condolences to Billy's daughter, Jo'El Withers-Zradicka, 834 Jupiter Street, Apt. 102, Madison, Wis. 53718. I thank God every time I remember you (Philippians 1:3)."

A small photo accompanied the print version of the obituary, but obituary photos are not reproduced in the newspaper's online archives. Besides, I think the photo below is better. It is from the Junior High section of the 1963 Tychoberahn, and features the starting six from the 1962-63 Junior High Basketball Season, members of a team that won Central's first championship since 1947, the year Bill's father, William ("Babe") Withers and uncle, Edward Withers, graduated from Madison Central High School.

Pictured above, from left to right, are Dave Melum, Bill Bisset, Pat Corcoran, Coach Olson, Al Verdin, Russ Cerniglia, and Bill Withers

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