William "Bill" M. Degner

  • Born: August 11, 1941
  • Died: April 29, 2021
  • Location: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

J. Henry Stuhr Mount Pleasant Chapel

1494 Mathis Ferry Road
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Tel. (843) 881-9293

Tribute & Message From The Family


Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Bill by adding your memories and photos.

In what would have been his 80th year with us, Bill sadly passed away in a peaceful manner in the comfort of his home with family by his side on April 29, 2021.

His Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, May 4, 2021 in the Ministry Center at St. Andrew's Church-Mount Pleasant, 440 Whilden Street at 2:00 pm. Interment with military honors will follow in Mount Pleasant Memorial Gardens, 1308 Mathis Ferry Road.

Born in Fountain Inn, SC, he lived most of his childhood and early adulthood in Gaffney, SC. After graduating from Presbyterian College, he started a career in banking and enjoyed a lifetime of achievement in account sales in mortgage banking insurance. He served in the National Guard for many years.

Moving to Spartanburg, he met and married his first wife, Martha Ann Walker, mother of their children, Jenny, Deede, and Beth. Bill loved all sports, especially golf. He was most proud of being part of the elite group of scorers at the Master's and loved being on Amens Corner every spring to see the "old timers" and "young rookies" compete for the famous green jacket. In addition, he was a lifelong Gamecock fan!

In 1994, Bill vacationed at Kiawah Island where he met his sweetheart and life partner, Lisa Greenway. They married a year later and spent the next 25 years making a home in Mt. Pleasant they shared with their yellow labs and rescued kittens.

He will be remembered by his children and grandchildren as a great father and grandfather, who loved them truly and deeply. He will be remembered as a man with a great sense of humor, style, and to his dearest friends - The Silver Fox or Helmet Head.

He leaves behind his loving wife, Lisa Greenway Degner of Mt. Pleasant, SC; daughters, Jennifer Wakefield (Jay), Debra Dye, and Elizabeth Earle; stepsister, Sherri Bowers (John) of Charlotte, NC; and grandchildren, Anne Townsend Wakefield, Walker Wakefield, Brownlee Wakefield, Garrett Dye, Payton Dye, Madison Earle, and Haley Earle.

The family wishes to thank Lisa's employees for their years of daily love and support. The family also wishes to thank the ladies from Care for Life and the care team from Amedysis Hospice for their compassionate care. A special thank you to Diana Thomas, a dear friend, who cared for Bill and became a part of the family.

Memorials may be made to St. Andrew's Church, 440 Whilden St, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464 or to the Arbor Day Foundation's Trees In Memory Program at www.https://shop.arborday.org/trees-in-memory.

A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at www.jhenrystuhr.com.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Jennifer, Debra and Elizabeth, I was your moms dearest friend in Asheboro. I heard about your dad from a friend whose husband also went to PC. I was in their wedding many moons ago. Your dad was a kind, fun and may I say handsome gentleman. May you find peace and everlasting memories of both of your parents. Most sincerely, Carolyn Isley McEachern(Rob), Wilmington NC

Posted by Carolyn McEachern    November 10, 2021

Billy and I were fraternity brothers at PC in the sixties. I have many happy memories of our times together, but in particular I remember summer school one year where most afternoons during the week we traveled the 20 miles or so to Lake Greenwood and his aunt Agnes Brownlee's lake house to water ski. I last saw Billy at one of our group trips to Charleston several years back. He is already missed by all of us who knew and loved him in college and the many years after! My deepest sympathies to the family.

Posted by Walt Todd - Columbia, SC - Friend   May 07, 2021

I will never forget Bill's big smile and warm personality. A great man who will be missed by so many.

Posted by Alma Jacobs - Fort Mill, SC - Acquaintance   May 05, 2021

Lisa

We will forever remember Bill and pray for you and your family.

So enjoyed spending time with you and Bill going to oyster roasts and block parties, or just passing each other on the street.

He took me in as a friend and I will never forget that.

David & Carol

Posted by David & Carol Williams    May 04, 2021

I was saddened to hear the news of Bill's passing. I greatly enjoyed our years working together at MGIC. We worked hard and played hard and Bill was just one of those guys it was always fun to be around regardless of the event. We roomed together at many MGIC meetings over the years. I moved on to PMI and Bill moved on to Triad Guaranty where our paths still crossed on numerous occasions. We both had a great love of Beach Music. It has been a number of years since I have spoken to Bill but he is one of those guys you could call anytime and pick up where we left off. His great wit and friendly personality will be sorely missed be all who knew him. I hope that time will heal the family's broken hearts knowing that Bill loved his family and lived life to the fullest. May he rest eternally in God's Kingdom and may God continue to Bless his family.

Posted by Terry McCraw    May 04, 2021

Dear Lisa,
Your loss will be felt by many hearts.
With deepest sympathy.

Posted by John & Joanne Bluford    May 04, 2021

Have great memories with Bill playing Golf and going to Football games in Columbia. Knew him with AMI in the 70's and Later with MGIC. Great sense of Humor.

Posted by Sean P Duncan    May 03, 2021

Lisa

We never met but I have known Bill for probably close to 40 years in the mortgage business. One of my favorite people ever! Always looked forward to an MI visit from Bill. We will all miss him. Prayers for you and the family

Tim

Posted by Tim Strom - Easley, SC - Friend   May 03, 2021

I worked with Bill at Triad Guaranty. What a true classy southern gentleman he was. He was a wonderful colleague and friend. We shared lots of good times as well as a few rough times but it was always a pleasure to be in his company.

My family will be praying for Bill's family.

Lisa Rogers

Posted by Lisa Rogers - Pinehurst, NC   May 03, 2021

Lisa,
I am so very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Betsy Mundy

Posted by Betsy Mundy    May 03, 2021

Lisa,
I was saddened to hear this news. You and your family are in my thoughts and I will pray for Bill and for you.
With deepest sympathy, Mike Rollins

Posted by Michael Rollins    May 03, 2021

Dear Lisa and family please know you are in our prayers. With heartfelt sympathy for your loss.
Jim and Ann Cavanaugh

Posted by james cavanaugh    May 03, 2021

Dear Lisa and Family,
We are so deeply sorry for your lose and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. The DeGolyer´s

Posted by Don & Carolyn DeGolyer    May 03, 2021

Dearest Lisa,
Our hearts go out to you. May he Rest In Peace in the arms of the Lord.

Posted by Cheryl & Dave Morley    May 03, 2021

Lisa,
We are so sorry for your loss. Please know we are sending prayers your way for strength and courage to get through this difficult time.

Posted by Lora and Barry Boniface    May 03, 2021

I have lost one of my favorite friends, Bill Degner! Bill and I shared so many good times together! I always enjoyed seeing him walk in the door of my bank. Whether at The Masters, the Heritage Golf Tournament, or at Wachesaw, my times with Bill were always fun! He will always be in my heart and in my mind! I loved Bill Degner!
Lisa, my thoughts and prayers for you. I will look forward to seeing you again.
Ed Norris

Posted by Ed Norris    May 03, 2021

Great friend and a great guy. Loved by all that knew him. Always said something positive about everyone. I will always cherish his friendship and just marveled about his knowledge and love of Augusta National and the Maters. God bless you Bill.

Posted by Wade Hamby    May 03, 2021

Lisa,
It was a privilege to work with you and Bill these last few months. Bill´s kind spirit and sense of humor, even in difficult circumstances, made such an impression on me. He was a true gentleman.

Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

With deepest sympathy,
Sheena

Posted by Sheena Janse    May 03, 2021

Robert knew Billy from their work at the Masters Tournament. They spent 20 years doing a job they both loved. They became good friends as did both their Lisa's. Billy was such a great guy and he will definitely be missed. Our prayers are with Lisa and family at this difficult time.

Posted by Robert and Lisa Bazemore - Panama City, FL - Friend   May 03, 2021

I remember Bill from the Downtown Sertoma Club many years ago.Good guy!

Posted by Tom Holden - Friend   May 02, 2021

Bill was a long time friend and member of my South Carolina National Guard, Battery B, Spartanburg. Bill was a good soldier and friend. We were in the Downtown Sertoma Club together also.
He was a true gentleman, business man and served his community in many ways, always with a smile .

My thought and prayers are with his family in this time of loss. We are praying for them.

Sterling Anderson

Posted by Sterling Anderson - Friend   May 02, 2021

Bill was a great comrade and help to me when I needed to meet mortgage professionals when I started out in correspondent sales in 2005. Such a wonderful man. My condolences to his family and friends.

Posted by Steven Morse - Charleston - Friend   May 02, 2021

Jenny , DeeDee, and Beth , so sorry to hear about Billy D. Your Dad was one of my favorite people that I have ever met . Even though I haven't seen him in a couple years , the thought of him in the old days brings a Smile to face . Love, Jamie Rowland

Posted by Jamie Rowland - Spartanburg, SC - Friend   May 02, 2021

Bill and I were roommates at Presbyterian College. We shared a world of experiences as college students as our friendship grew and we matured. He introduced me to my wife of 59 years.
my sincere condolences to his family.
Keith Richardson

Posted by Keith Richardson    May 02, 2021

Although its been several years since we have been close, the memories of you have stayed strong. We enjoyed some great times together my wonderful friend.
To Jenny, DeDee and Beth, may God comfort you during your time of sorrow.
Your Dad was a great man and a dear friend.
Love to you all, Jim McCullough

Posted by Jim McCullough - Spartanburg,, SC - Acquaintance   May 02, 2021

Lisa, you are in my thoughts & prayers. I always loved seeing you and Bill in the pharmacy on Seabrook. He always made my day by his humor

Posted by Betsy Walker    May 02, 2021

This news makes me very sad. Bill was a huge part of our lives and I know I speak for all my former coworkers when I say he always made us laugh or smile on his visits to the bank. He will be missed. Your family will be in my prayers.
Much Love,
Lisa Ponder Alexander
Formerly of Spartanburg National

Posted by Lisa Ponder Alexander - Spartanburg, SC - Friend   May 02, 2021

I miss you so much. When I was living with you in Charleston I had a lot of fun and I enjoyed being with you and lisa down there. Thank you for all you and Lisa did for me. You will be missed by so many people. You always had a smile on your face even through the hard times. I love you so much grandaddy.

Posted by Haley Earle - Spartanburg, SC - Grandchild   May 02, 2021

Bill was one of our very best and closest friends. Our families shared many wonderful and fun times together and memories that will remain for our entire lives. We loved "Billy Bob" and we will miss him tremendously. I have no doubts that the good Lord has welcomed him with open and loving arms because he was a man filled with love, friendship and a giving spirit. We shared many concerns, thoughts and dreams together throughout our years as close friends. Bill was a good man, an extremely loving dad and husband and a caring friend to so many. Rest In Peace good and cherished friend ! You have accomplished the ultimate goal in life! .......Our sincerest condolences go out to Lisa and to all of Bill's children and their families. We love ALL of you

Posted by Wayne and Dale Earhardt - Friend   May 02, 2021

Lisa and family,

So sorry to learn of Bill's passing. Charlie and I will always remember those summers when we enjoyed cocktails and crabbing on Bohicket Marina. It was a special time for us to have the two of you in our lives. He will be missed by all that were fortunate enough to be his friend. God Bless. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Kathy and Charlie Clark    May 02, 2021

Lisa, you are in our prayers. Bill was a very special part of the MBAC membership family. I am so thankful to have known him.

Posted by Rhonda Marcum - Mount Pleasant, SC - Friend   May 02, 2021

Bill & I were friends in high school and became life long friends in college and the National Guard. We worked together for a while and I consider Bill one of my best friends. He had great wit, was one of the better shag dancers & love to take road trips & we took some fantastic trips. I am very saddened by his passing but know he is in a better place. I send my sympathies to his daughters and their families and to his wife Lisa.

Posted by Bill Brown - Friend   May 01, 2021

Bill was my next door neighbor when they first moved to Gaffney, so we were playmates while they lived there. Years later, we were school mates and graduated in 1959 from Gaffney High School.
He was always friendly and well liked by everyone. Always glad to see him at the reunions.
Condolences to all the family.
Sincerely,
Shelby Sanders Lawhon

Posted by Shelby Lawhon - Anderson, SC - Friend   May 01, 2021


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