Billy Wayne Rosser, 87, of Mooresville, N.C., went to his heavenly home on Friday, March 19, 2021, at Gordon Hospice House in Statesville, N.C., after a four-month series of illnesses.
Born on September 22, 1933, Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis Elton Rosser and Irene Parrish Rosser, as well as his brother Hugh Archie Rosser.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Coleman Rosser, daughter Debbie (Martin) Page, and grandchildren Dylan Page and Dane (Heather) Page. He is also survived by sister-in-law Joyce Mangum Rosser, niece Pam (Bill) Lamason, and great-nephews Ross and Blair.
In addition, Bill is survived by step-children Kyle (Chris) Rogers, Teresa (Louie) Mogianesi, and Susan Rogers; seven step-grandchildren, and four step-great-grandchildren.
Bill loved airplanes, working for McDonald-Douglas, Ronson Electronics, and Lockheed over his career as a cost-analysis accountant. He was especially proud of his work on the F-22 Raptor stealth fighter project at Lockheed.
Bill also owned two H&R Block franchises in Hickory and Newton for several decades before returning to the aeronautics industry.
Always ready with a story about airplanes, his days acting in local amateur theatre, or the interesting people he had met on his travels around the world for work, Bill never met a stranger.
Bill loved watching his grandsons play sports as they grew up, from tee-ball to high school football and baseball, and watching Dane sing and play at church or perform his original music at gigs around the area.
Bill loved colorful clothes, 1970s detective shows, the Atlanta Braves, and anything with sugar in it. He also loved his church, Rocky Mount Methodist, and was an active auxiliary supporter of the Marine Corps League, gathering thousands of dollars of donations for its reverse raffle fundraiser each year.
A graveside service to honor Bill will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at Rocky Mount Methodist Church. The family will informally greet friends one hour before the service in the narthex at the front of the sanctuary.
The church and family request that masks and social distancing guidelines be observed.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Bill’s memory to Rocky Mount Methodist Church, 1739 Perth Road, Mooresville, NC 28117.
Cavin-Cook Funeral Home, Mooresville, is serving the Rosser family. Condolences may be made to the family at www.cavin-cook.com.