William Emerson Shackelford


William Emerson Shackelford


Bill Shackelford

William “Bill” passed away to be with his Lord on April 27, 2020, in the ICU of Billings Clinic, with the loving care of the unit and his wife, Charlotte, by his side.

Bill was born on Jan. 29, 1931, in Phoebus-Hampton, Virginia, to Milton Speede and Marie Gammel Shackelford. He was the youngest of six children, brought up in a Baptist Christian-filled home. He graduated from Hampton High School and attended Virginia Tech in Blacksburg as a cadet, graduating as a mechanical engineer in 1952. He served his military duty at Wright-Patterson AFB.

Bill came west to work for the aircraft industries in Los Angeles and relocated to San Jose, working with Lockheed and FMC.

Bill married his wife, Charlotte, an elementary schoolteacher, and they settled in San Jose. They bought and restored homes, taking time out to travel the USA. Their final trip was riding the British Rail in England and Scotland. In 1988, they settled in Williamsburg, Virginia, until 2013, when they returned west to the Billings area. They spent three years restoring a 1920 vintage home in Columbus and enjoyed living together until his passing.

Bill was a good, gentle soul as a husband and friend. He will be missed extremely.

Celebration of his life service will be held this summer.

Memorial gifts may be made to Project Hope in Columbus or at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Billings.

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  1. Joe Brookshier

    Sad to hear of Bill’s passing. He was a knowledgeable and kind man. I always enjoyed the time I spent with him at the KD reunions.

  2. Jackee Walker

    Lou and I have very fond memories of Bill and Charlotte from their days in San Jose, CA and are saddend to hear of his loss. Our very best thoughts and condolences go to Charlotte.

  3. Thomas E Wilson

    Charlotte, both you and Bill were “favorites” of mine upon meeting you and building your beautiful home in Graylin Woods that the two of you designed. You trusted me with your insurance needs until returning to Montana, and Bill was perhaps the calmest and soft spoken man I ever met. Quiet, yet brilliant. You two lived and loved a good life. Please know I have thought of both of you often. Tom Wilson

  4. Charlotte, I am so glad I got to meet and know you and Bill, and I was so sorry to read of his death. He truly was a kind and gentle soul. My heart and prayers are with you!

  5. Charlotte, our hearts are filled with sorrow hearing of Bill’s passing. He was a kind and gentle man and a wonderful host. We cherish our many memories of shared Christmases (especially in Williamsburg), family weddings, vacations in San Jose and travel to the Caribbean. With love, Margaret Miller and Sharon Bonino

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