William (Bubby) Depew III, 78, of Silverhill, Alabama joined his Lord on September 22nd, 2021 after a short but hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer. Bill was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana. on December 29, 1942. He is preceded in death by his parents William Depew Jr. and Lorraine Fore Depew. Bill spent much of his youth in Baker, Louisiana. graduating from Baker High School. Bill attended Southeastern University and received his bachelor's degree from Park University. He joined the United States Air Force in 1961. He served multiple tours in Vietnam and was a proud veteran. Bill retired as a Chief Master Sergeant in 1981 after twenty years of service to his country. All who knew Bill know he never really retired. After his military service, he joined Lockheed Martin in San Jose, relocated to Austin, and ultimately retired with Lockheed in Denver. After his second retirement, Bill started BD Enterprises, a video production company. Bill ultimately returned to his home state of Louisiana. He moved to St. Francisville to be close to family. Never one to retire, Bill founded the Rural Broadcasting System in West Feliciana Parish. After RBS, Bill worked with the Ascension Parish in Gonzales and a small television station in Pensacola. Bill put his whole heart into every endeavor and leaves a legacy as someone who worked tirelessly and never gave up on a dream. He will also be remembered as a true friend, helping others in any way he could. Bill is preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Betty Swearingen Depew and his brother, Wiley Marvin (Butch) Depew. Bill is survived by his second wife, Charlotte Nettles Depew and extended family in Fairhope, Alabama, his son Bill Depew IV, his daughter Veronica (Todd) Hunnicutt and his grandchildren, Kristen (Andrew) Ochoa, Kathryn Hunnicutt, Liam Depew, Nate Depew, his great-grandson James Ochoa, his siblings Charlotte McKeithen, Leslie Charles (Patricia) Depew, Patrick Depew, Denise (Bobby) Paul and his sister-in-law Kay Depew (Butch). Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service in Bill's honor on Saturday, November 6th at 2:00 pm at Temple Sinai, 4740 Prosperity St, St Francisville, LA 70775.
Published by The Advocate from Sep. 30 to Nov. 6, 2021.