William "Bill" McEntire Jr.

Wednesday, January 11, 1950 - Tuesday, August 6, 2019

In Loving Memory

Photo of William  "Bill" McEntire Jr. - 1950-2019

Canton- William  “ Bill” Alexander McEntire, Jr., age 69, a great historian and friend to many, passed away Tuesday, August 6, 2019.

Mr. McEntire was born January 11, 1950 in Jefferson County, Arkansas and had made his home in Canton for the past fifteen years. During his younger years, Bill demonstrated strong leadership skills and involvement in various community service projects which led to him being awarded the Eagle Scout rank in the Boys Scouts of America Program and he later proudly served his country as a United States Army veteran. Bill always had an interest in cooking and was employed as a culinary chef working all across the United States. He was an avid reader and an excellent studied historian on the American Civil War and the American Revolutionary War. With his vast knowledge of these important events of our past, Bill was often a frequent speaker at many historical gatherings that were held all throughout Western North Carolina.  He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and had served as the Vice President of the Western District of North Carolina.  Bill held a great interest in his family’s genealogy and he devoted many hours of extensive research on the lineage and heritage of his family. He was a member of the Sonoma Masonic Lodge # 472 AF & AM in Bethel, a Master Mason, a member of the Asheville Scottish Rite and the Waynesville York Rite and was also a member of the Sonoma Chapter #254 Order of the Eastern Star.  Mr. McEntire was as a member of Clyde First Baptist Church and also attended Canton Central United Methodist Church.  His family will forever cherish Bill’s memory and those that were blessed to know him will forever treasure his friendship. He was a man who believed in being educated about our history and in the words of Robert A. Heinlein, “A generation which ignores history has no past- and no future." Bill will be deeply missed.

Preceding Mr. McEntire in death was his father, William Alexander McEntire, Sr. ; his wife, Gail McEntire and his step-fathers, John Ezell and Harry Tisdale.

Surviving are his mother, Aileen Rodgers Ezell of Canton; his brothers, Rodger McEntire and his wife, Suzanne of Waynesville and John B. McEntire of Canton;  one step-sister; several nieces and nephews, and many cousins.

A graveside memorial service with Masonic Rites will be held at 3:00 pm Sunday, August 18, 2019 at Green Hill Cemetery in Waynesville. Reverend Paul Brown and Rev. Dr. David Phillips will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mr. McEntire’s memorial Haywood County Rescue Squad, PO Box 931, Waynesville, NC 28786 or the Masonic Home for Children, 600 College Street, Oxford, NC 27565

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the McEntire family.


Condolences from family and friends


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I am extremely sorry for you lose. Bill will be missed. Bill helped me a great deal for the last three years and I will always remember.
John L. Boyd, Blue Ridge Chapter President, SAR
Aileen, I was sorry to hear the passing of Bill. May God's peace be with you and all the family.
Pam Ledford
May you Rest In Peace, cousin Bill.
Sue McEntire Kimbrell
Our prayers go out to each of the McEntire family in this time of your great loss.
Jim and Cindy Lites
Rodger and family I am so sorry for your loss. My heartfelt condolences to you and your Family ! Love from Taylor
Taylor McAdams McGowan
My deepest sympathy to you and your family, Eileen. Bill was an excellent genealogist and Registrar for the SAR, helping the DAR with projects and research, too. He will be missed. God bless you.
Dean and Dot Barnum
Dear Miss Aileen, Rodger, and Brother John, I am so sorry for your loss. I have been so privileged to know Brothers Bill and John through the last 8 or so years in various Masonic circles. I will miss Bill's great wealth of knowledge, his giving servant's heart, and his Gentleman demeanor. I appreciate his military service and his continued service to his brothers-in-arms, having done so much to help other Veterans at the VA in Asheville. I am so thankful to have known him and enjoyed so much the times we had together. I am sorry that I cannot attend his Masonic funeral. I have a long-standing obligation serving on an upcoming Walk to Emmaus Christian retreat, but my prayers will be with you all throughout the coming many days. God bless you and your entire family, Brian Rau
Brian Rau
I'm sorry for your lose . Bill was one of my best employees here at BorgWarner Thermal: Security. He worked for me for four years . We kept in touch all this time . I talked to him earlier in the summer about his health . . He was great guy and I will miss him. My prayers are with his Family.
Ross Galloway : Security Supervisor @ BorgWarner : Fletcher
We were so sorry to hear about Bill passing. We hope that the love of family and friends will comfort and strengthen you in the days ahead.
UDC #636 Bethel Heroes Rocky Mount,NC-Chaplin
Aileen, You are in my thoughts and prayers. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Jamye Sheppard
Aileen, I'm very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Jamye Sheppard
John & Family, We are sorry about Bill's passing. We will always fondly remember the delicious meal that Bill prepared for our wedding rehearsal dinner. I just recently lost a brother and understand your pain. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Our sincere sympathy, Jack & Donna De Luca
Jack & Donna De Luca
Aileen an John, You are in my prayers. So very sorry for your loss.
Tammy Russell Cole