Willie "WD or Bill" Radcliffe, 77, died at Martin Memorial Hospital in Stuart, Fla., on May 23, 2013, at 11:20 p.m., after a short illness.
Born Dec. 4, 1935, in Parkersburg, W.Va., to Dale Offit and Dessie Radcliffe of south Parkersburg, Bill served in the United States Marines Corps until 1955 when he was medically discharged due to a sudden loss of sight.
On July 31, 1976, he married Carolyn Waggoner of Parkersburg, W.Va., formally from Birch River, W.Va. Bill and Carol reside in Port Saint Lucie, Fla. They also have been residents of Vienna, W.Va., for many years. Bill was a member of the Parkersburg, WV Elks Club 198, the Vienna Lions Club, and the Association for the Blind, as well as a member of Broad Street United Methodist Church. Bill was also the owner of the Cafeteria of the Public Debt in Parkersburg, W.Va., until he retired. Bill and Carol enjoyed traveling all across the United States and abroad, and playing cards with family and friends when at home.
Bill will be especially remembered for his love of family, spirit of adventure and the tenaciousness that allowed him to achieve anything he set his mind to despite his blindness.
Survivors include his wife, Carol Radcliffe; three brothers, Dale (Rosie) Radcliffe Jr, Tom (Brenda) Radcliffe and Mike (Kelly ) Radcliffe of Parkersburg, W.Va.; one sister, Donna Sams of Columbus, Ohio; two sons, Keith (Beth) Radcliffe of Hilton Head Island, S.C., and Jimmy Harper (Kelly Pratt) of Vienna, W.Va.; four daughters, Sandy (Phillip) Shepherd of Sandyville, W.Va., Cindy (AJ) Berardinelli of Durham, N.C., Brenda Rebholz (Dean Dishong) of Reno, Ohio, and Sandra (Dave) Charnas of Pataskala, Ohio; his dog, Ivey; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.
Bill was preceded in death by one sister, Betty (Ralph) Carpenter of Parkersburg, W.Va.; and one son, Rick Radcliffe of Vienna, W.Va.
Leavitt Funeral Home will be assisting the family with visitation and arrangements. Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Leavitt Funeral Home in Parkersburg. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Parkersburg.
You can contact Leavitt Funeral Home or visit www.leavittfuneralhome.com for additional information.
We want to express our deepest thanks to all of the special people at Martin Memorial Hospital in Stuart, Fla., for the exceptional and loving care they gave Bill during his illness.