Johnson City Press Thursday, October 23, 2014

Bill Alderman, Johnson City

Published August 17th, 2011 12:04 am

Bill Lynd Alderman was born on November 11, 1938 in a small Southern town of Ironton, Ohio. He was the last of four children born to Emma Lee (Lawrence) Alderman and Charles Green Alderman.
Bill’s parents both died when he was a young man of seventeen, and their deaths were within nine months of each other.
He is preceded in death by one sibling, his oldest sister Doris Meyer.
Still living are his oldest brother Jack D. Alderman, wife Patsy of Huntington, WV; his older sister, Lucille (Alderman) Fraley (Aulborn) of Hot Springs, AR; one sister-in-law, Sharon K. Ferrell (Bob); Three brother-in-laws, Aulborn Fraley, Bob C. Ferrell and Orville Meyer (deceased), Seven nieces, Martha Lynn (Fraley) Bernitt, Marcella Jane Alderman, Sally Ann (Alderman) Lazaro, Tracey Alderman, Sue Turner, Karen Ann Meyer, Robin Lynn (Ferrell) Kurkamilus (deceased), Angela Dawn (Ferrell) Bates and one nephew, Robert Scott Ferrell and wife, Chris.
After living in Ironton, Ohio for a few years, Bill’s family moved to Isaban, WV where Bill attended Panther Grade School, and later Yeager High School.
When Bill’s parents died in 1957, left alone, Bill had his brother sign for him to enter the Air Force, where he did four years active service. He was stationed at Lackland AFB, TX, Travis AFB, CA, and spent the last two years at Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage, Alaska. He served two years in-active service immediately following his four-year assignment. There were some real close calls during those two years with the Vietnam War, and the Cuban Crisis, but luckily he was only put on stand-by and never had to return to active service.
Bill met his wife Marianne (Justice) immediately on his return to Huntington, WV, where they married the following August, 1961. They continued to live in Huntington, WV for five years, where he had several jobs working in gas stations, and Weiler Steel Co., but then Bill accepted a position with McDonnell Aircraft in St. Louis, MO. During Bill’s years at McDonnell and Old Man Mac (as he liked to be called) died, the company took over Douglas Aircraft in California, then later Boeing Aircraft out of Seattle took over.
Bill retired from Boeing after 33 years; during that time he held many positions from shop floor mechanic to tool and die mock-up, to anything during those lean years to doing outside maintenance to sweeping floors, to keep a check coming in to put food on the table. His last years were in a top security clearance area, working on things he couldn’t discuss with anyone. During those last years, Bill was fortunate to be twice selected to go with a team to Switzerland, to help those people know how the planes worked, and show how to operate much of the machinery.
The family will greet guests from 12 noon until 2:00 PM Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at Tetrick Funeral and Cremation Services, Johnson City and at other times at the residence. A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted at 2:00 PM Wednesday, August 24, at the funeral home. Friends and family members will officiate. The family will have a reception at Mr. Alderman’s home following the service.
Online condolences may be shared through www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
Tetrick Funeral and Cremation Services, 3001 Peoples Street, Johnson City, TN 37604 (423) 610-7171 is serving the family.