William Lee Stillabower


William Lee “Bill” “Stilly” Stillabower, 66, of Columbus died at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient facility.

Born on Feb. 9, 1949, in Indianapolis, he was the only son of William Jacob and Zenobia Kathryn Stillabower.

He married Ethel Morris on Oct. 6, 1990, at Amity Baptist Church.

Among his survivors are his wife of Columbus; mother-in-law, Helen D. Morris; sisters-in-law, Julie (Robert) Pell, Joni (Darrell) Smith and Denise (Steve) Pittman, all of Lexington, South Carolina; nieces, Amanda Smith (Clayton) Blackston of Irmo, South Carolina, Kaitlin Pell of Ballentie, South Carolina, Staci Smith of Chapin, South Carolina, Kayla Pittman of Lexington, South Carolina, and Morgan Pittman (Sean) Groubert of Lugoff, South Carolina; one nephew, Austin Pell of Charleston, South Carolina; several first cousins in the Indianapolis area; and his faithful friend, Sophie.

Bill attended Franklin Township schools and graduated from Edinburgh Community High School in 1967 and Purdue University in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial management.

He was a member of Franklin Masonic Lodge No. 107, Murat Shrine Organization of Indianapolis, Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis, Bartholomew County Shrine Club, Purdue Alumni Club, Elks Club and the Corvette Club of Columbus.

He worked for Cummins Inc. for 32 years as an account representative and retired as a project manager in 2008.

He was a member of Amity Baptist Church near Franklin.

Bill enjoyed bowling, golf, riding his motorcycle and driving his Corvettes.

Bill was everybody’s friend and rarely met a stranger. He enjoyed traveling to Jamaica, the Bahamas, Las Vegas and Myrtle Beach and fishing at Cape Cod. He was a responsible owner of many dogs all his life. He loved our dogs, Alex, a golden retriever, Oscar, a terrier mix and Sophie, a golden retriever.

The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Myers-Reed Chapel, 3729 E. 25th St., Columbus, with the Pastor Larry Isbell officiating. Calling will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday and from 9 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home. A Masonic service will be at 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Greenwood.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at myers-reed.com.