In Memory

Bill Bartholomay

Bill Bartholomay

Henry William "Bill" Bartholomay, 57, died unexpectedly Monday, May 25 at home in Durham. Bill was born October 10, 1951 in Charlottesville, VA to Henry William and Mary (Connolly) Bartholomay. Bill's family moved from Charlottesville to Camden, SC and later to Kinston, NC, where he graduated from Grainger High School in 1969. He then became a loyal Wolfpack supporter as he attended North Carolina State University where he graduated in 1973 receiving a B.S. in Mathematics Education and later, a master's degree from NC State in Mathematics Education in 1979. Bill met his wife, Dottie during college in 1971, and they married August 10, 1974 in Washington, D.C.
Bill started his career with Durham Public Schools in 1974. From teaching, to principalship, to the central office with magnet programs and student assignment, Bill was passionate about the education of Durham's youth. Active as a humanitarian in Durham, Bill also served on numerous committees and boards throughout the city including Concern of Durham, Brightleaf Music Workshop, Project Graduation and the session and nominating committees at Westminster Presbyterian Church, where he was a member and Elder for over 30 years.
Bill is survived by his wife, Dorothy Wehmeyer Bartholomay, his son Brian Bartholomay of Washington D.C., his daughter Laura Bartholomay Childs, son-in-law Geoffrey Childs and grandson Grant Childs of Fort Hood, TX; parents Bill and Mary Bartholomay of Richmond, VA; siblings Eric Bartholomay of Coventry, R.I., Howard Bartholomay of Bristol, VA and Mary Lynn Bartholomay Taylor of Richmond, VA.
Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Monday from Westminster Presbyterian Church with the Revs. Chris Tuttle and Betty Berghaus officiating. Private cremation will follow the funeral.
In lieu of flowers donations in Bill's memory may be made to Housing for New Hope, Urban Ministries of Durham or Ronald McDonald House. Arrangements are with Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. On-line condolences: Select Obituaries.

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05/26/09 10:51 PM #1    

Bruce Akers

Bill and I were high school friends. We shared the same homeroom. I remember him as a nice guy. We'll miss you Bill.

05/26/09 11:19 PM #2    

Barbara Boone (Coley)

Bill was a very friendly guy. Everyone enjoyed his company. (We were in band together. We played clarinets.)

We will miss him. My condolences to his family and friends. May they find strength in his memories to carry them through!

05/28/09 10:49 AM #3    

Jo Tyson (Kelley)

i remember Bill as a very serious and nice student. i never heard a bad word about him - just a very nice guy. i am so sorry about his passing. my sincere condolences to his wife and family.

05/28/09 02:47 PM #4    

Barbara Boone (Coley)


DURHAM - Funeral services for William 'Bill' Bartholomay, 57, who died unexpectedly Monday will be 11 a.m. Monday, June 1, from Westminster Presbyterian Church. Full obituary to follow. Arrangements are with Hall-Wynne Funeral Service.

From the Durham Herald Sun.

05/28/09 08:51 PM #5    

Lou Ellen Wilkie (McWhorter)

Bill was always so nice whenever you bumped into him. He was always willing to take a minute and "talk" about whatever was on your mind. My prayers for comfort to the family.

05/28/09 10:50 PM #6    

Ella Whitley (Rodgman)

I remember Bill as being a really nice guy. He was always friendly to everyone. I do remember him playing in the band.

06/04/09 08:41 PM #7    

Marvin Fordham

Bill was a wonderful friend to me during high school. I remember when he first came and I learned that he had moved to Kinston from Camden, SC. I had to go home to look it up on the map. We had some great times together and he will be missed. My sympathies to Dottie and his family.

06/19/09 02:25 PM #8    

John Allen

Bill is my oldest and dearest friend. He and I became best friends our freshman year when he transferred from Camden at Christmas time. We were inseparable for the next 3 1/2 years, uncountable sleep overs at each others houses, played in numerous bands together, roomed together in college, and kept up with each other since. I remember when he met Dottie his wife, and he was there when I got the courage to ask out my high school sweetheart the first time. We learned to dance together. (sort of) We learned to play basketball together. (again, sort of) He and I learned to ski together one summer in Marvin Fordham's boat. We were awesome bridge partners. He made me a better person.
He was one of the best people I've met in my life, and I think the world is lessened a little bit without my buddy Bill. I'll miss him terribly.
This was a huge shock to his family and his friends. But it was also a wake up call. Tell your friends you love them. Don't find yourself wishing you'd spent more time with them.

06/20/09 04:47 PM #9    

Becky Thompson (Rhine)

I did not know Bill. I met him briefly from time to time when I came back from Germany to visit in the Spring, but he moved to Kinston after we had moved away. But reading what John has to say about his best friend makes me wish I had known him. Apparently I really missed out on a wonderful guy! I hope his family can find comfort in the memories of their loved one, that left us all far to soon. And I ditto what John had to say - there are no promises for tomorrow in our lives, so do be sure and tell those you love that you love them.

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