William Lester Etheridge

August 8, 1941 - November 9, 2010
William Lester Etheridge


William Etheridge, age 69, of Wilmington passed away at home on Tuesday, November 9, 2010.

He was born in St. Louis, Missouri on August 8, 1941, the son of Edna and Lester Etheridge.

Bill is survived by his wife, Jeanne, daughter Kathleen and husband John Moyer and granddaughter Paige, sister-in-law Yvonne Bailey from Raleigh and brother-in-law Peter Bailey and wife Elaine and their children Susan, Dan, and Alan from Illinois.

He was a mathematics professor at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington since 1979, retiring in 2003. He received his master’s at the University of Illinois, taught for 4 years at North Dakota State University, and then completed his PhD at Purdue University before coming to Wilmington.

Bill and his wife were married for 46 years, and he will be greatly missed. They enjoyed yearly vacations to Blowing Rock, NC and also liked to attend concerts together. Bill loved to read and listen to music and he enjoyed spending time with his dog, Buddy.

A memorial service will be held at Winter Park Presbyterian Church Monday, November 15, 2010 at 11 AM. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall following the service.

Memorials may be given to Winter Park Presbyterian Church or to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

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  • November 10, 2010
    Kenneth and Betty Barnes says:
    Jeanne Betty and I are greatly saddened by the passing of Bill. Please know you and all your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • November 10, 2010
    Scott A. Nemetz says:
    Jeanne, Kathleen and family, Please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers during this time. Bill was a wonderful guy and he will be greatly missed.

  • November 16, 2010
    Katherine Lanio says:
    Dr. Etheridge taught me calculus and numerical algorithms at UNC-Wilmington. I always appreciated his methodical style and willingness to assist students with any problems. He is greatly missed.