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William "Bill" Benjamin Koonce, Sr.

February 22, 1929 ~ August 5, 2019 (age 90)

Bill Koonce, Sr., 90, of Grifton passed away on Monday, August 5, 2019 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, after suffering a stroke on Saturday August 3rd.

Bill served our country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Bill worked for Dupont for 38 years until he retired. He was a loving father, grandfather, cousin, and friend. He lived a remarkable life and will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 9, 2019 at Garner Funeral Home with Dr. Powell Dew officiating. Funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. Following the funeral service, Burial will be held at Westview Cemetery.

Bill is preceded in death by his daughter, Kathy Koonce Laiche; mother, Ethel Lee Koonce; father, Elijah Benjamin Koonce; brothers, Leadrew “Red” Koonce and Frank Koonce; cousins, Peggy Ouwens and Jessie Ray Koonce; special friends, Harry and Margie Rogers.

He is survived by his sons, Bill Koonce, Jr., Jay Koonce and wife Shirlene; granddaughter, Amy Whitfield; cousins, Otis and Becky Marshburn, Doc and Marie Marshburn; loving ex wife, Faye “Charlie” Bollinger Koonce.

Family will receive visitors at his home in Grifton.

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