Mr. William H. Echols

Funeral service for William H. Echols will be held Saturday, June 7, 2014, at 2 p.m. from St. Smyrna Baptist Church with Rev. Tamarkus Cook, pastor, Rev. John Thompkins, eulogist. Interment in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday 6-8 p.m. Public viewing will be 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Repast will at St. Smyrna Baptist Church.

William H. Echols departed this life on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. William was born Sep. 2, 1948, to the late Mr. and Mrs. K.C. (Carrie Dell) Echols Sr. He was raised to be the loving and caring man he was. William was a 1967 graduate of Central High School, Newnan, Georgia. 

He gave his life to Christ at an early age at Heard Wesley United Methodist Church under the leadership of Reverend R.W. Sutton. He remained a faithful member and continued to serve on different boards and committees in spite of his mobility challenges. The Zodiac Men’s Club was one of William’s true passions. He was one of the original members of the Zodiac Men’s Club founded in March 1984 and served as an active member for 30 years. With his help the organization became an asset to communities in Coweta County, as well as surrounding counties. 

Throughout the Zodiac Men’s Club’s existence their community service projects and charity functions assisted numerous families in times of need. William was always an integral part of their success and was 100 percent committed to their purpose. Working to serve and surpassing what would be coined as “simple” service projects, his service and commitment places him along with the other gentlemen in the acknowledgement of being a “Humble Humanitarian.” 

William loved his family and friends. He always “showed up” and was an individual who did what he said he was going to do and did it with a smile. He enjoyed social activities with longtime friends or newfound friends. He appreciated having a good time no matter the cause. He was also a founding member of “Handy Day” and vice president of the sponsoring committee. It was founded in the fall of 2010, amongst family and friends of the Handy Community with an invitation to celebrate their humble roots and come back home to “Handy” for a day of food, fun and fellowship. 

William was instrumental in making it a success each year, with growing numbers and positive feedback from friends. William was a gentleman, a father, a brother, a son, and a friend who will be missed sorely by all who had the opportunity to meet him. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Cora Lee Potts and Rossie Clark; and two brothers, J.B. Echols and K.C. Echols Jr.

William leaves to cherish his loving memories one daughter, Tujuana L. Echols; sister, Martha J. West; two brothers, Cleophus (Joyce) Echols and Robert L. Echols; one granddaughter, Deja Atkinson; other remarkable people, Michelle Atkinson, Taylor King, Eric Robinson, Jordan Atkinson, Julian Atkinson, Trevor King; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends.

Final arrangements entrusted to Sellers-Smith Funeral Home Inc.,, 770-253-1607

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