William “Bill” Southern, age 82, passed away at Citadel Care Center in Elgin, IL on November 9, 2016. Bill was born July 12, 1934 in Winston-Salem, NC to his loving parents, Willard and Polly Southern.

Bill served his country as a Clerk in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He later worked for more than thirty years as an Agent for State Farm Insurance. He married Martha, the love of his life, in 1987.

Bill was known for his passion for building model ships, traveling to Las Vegas with Martha, and spending time with his beloved granddaughter, “Princess Britni.”

Bill was preceded in death by his loving wife, Martha Southern.

Bill is survived by his children, Steve Southern, of Texas, Bill Stowers, of Georgia, and Donna (Jamie) MacMillen, of Utah; siblings Johnny (Jean) Southern and Judy (Charlie) Brown; and grandchildren Justin Southern and his Princess, Britni Eimers.

Services and interment will be private at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL.

Final arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park St, Elgin, IL 60120. For more information call 847-741-1128 or visit www.symondsmadisonfuneralhome.com.

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