In Loving Memory

William Durham Echols, d. October 20, 2016



In Loving Memory

August 26, 1931 – October 20, 2016

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Spanish Fort, AL

William “Bill” Durham Echols, 85, of Spanish Fort, Alabama, went to be with our Lord on Thursday, October 20, 2016. Bill was born in Macon, Georgia on August 26, 1931. He was a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology College of Engineering. As an electrical and design engineer, his career was focused at RCA and IBM. 

Bill served in the U.S. Navy as LTJG. He held the position of drum major in the Lanier High School and Georgia Tech Bands. Bill enjoyed helping other people; he served as a deacon and scoutmaster.

His hobbies included amateur radio, playing the trumpet, singing in the church choir, and undertaking various projects. He was kind and sweet, an avid golfer, a master of all trades, and a devoted husband.

He was preceded in death by his parents Dayton and Alma, son, David Echols, and wife of 37 years, Fran.

Survivors include his son, Mike Echols (Sherry); grandchildren, Nathaniel and Olivia Echols, Katie Perry (Charles), daughter of son David Echols (Cynthia); stepdaughter, Elizabeth Melancon (Trey); and stepchildren, son, Lester Ross (Betty); daughters, Lynn Moore (Eddie) and Leigh Anne Crosby (Brad); step grandchildren, Brent McFatter, Darren McFatter, Nick Stoudt and many other relatives and friends.

Celebration of Life for Bill will be held at Westminster Village, Spanish Fort, Alabama, on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. He will be laid to rest at the Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home of Daphne, AL,



  1. Larry and Diane (Somers) Mosley


    Larry and I and the rest of our family were sorry to hear about your dad. Mom (Nita Somers) sends her condolences also. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  2. Jeff Goodwin

    My condolences. I always liked both your father and mother. You and your family are in my thoughts.


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