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William Bill Ramsey, 73
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McMinnville resident and Highland Park, MI native William “Bill” Ramsey, 73, was born April 27, 1945 and died June 3 at St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville following a sudden illness.

A retired Major in the United States Air Force and a member of Hopewell Fellowship Church, he was the son of the late Edd Wiley and Annie Mae Stokes Ramsey. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, James, Alfred and Edward Ramsey; and sister Vera Jean Ramsey.

He is survived by his wife, Joe Ella Smith Ramsey of Beavercreek, Ohio; son and daughter-in-law, Erik and Sara Ramsey of Beavercreek, Ohio; two daughters, Erin Ramsey of Monroe, Ohio and Clarita Hollis of Miamisburg, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Karina Hollis, Kiera Potter and husband Donovan, Lee Hollis Jr., Eli Ramsey, Isaiah Ramsey, Ella Ramsey, and Broderick “Sonny” Curney Jr.; great-grandchild, Donovan Potter Jr.; brother Frederick Ramsey of McMinnville; and several nieces and nephews.

Bill, as he was lovingly referred, loved to bowl, fish, spend time with his family, and cook his famous ribs. He was a loyal Tennessee State University Tiger and member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. He achieved his lifelong dream of building a home on and retiring to “Lake Ramsey” after spending 20 years traveling the world serving the country in the U.S. Air Force, and going on to work as a realtor.

He was a very active member of his church, serving up until the time of his death. He was always present at his grandkid’s milestones. He was a great storyteller, who loved reflecting on and sharing times of the past, creating new memories and having a “funny” for you. He is dearly missed and will always be remembered as a kind man with a big smile and an even bigger heart.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 9, at High’s Chapel with Eddie Vance officiating. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery with full military honors administered by VFW Post 5064 and American Legion Post 173. Visitation will be Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. and from 10 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at High’s. Online condolences may be made at

High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Southern Standard
(McMinnville, Tenn.) June 6, 2018