William Eagar

William Dees Eagar

Wednesday, July 22nd, 1942 - Sunday, March 29th, 2020
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In this strangest of uncharted times, our much loved William (Bill) Dees Eagar passed away Sunday, March 29 of a sudden heart attack at home in his favorite recliner at the beginning of a carefully managed 17th day of self-isolation from the pandemic.
He was born July 22, 1942 in Birmingham, AL to his mother, Willie George Dees Eagar, and his father, Eb Hargrove Eagar, Jr. He graduated from Woodlawn High School, and then Montevallo College in 1960, and U.S. Navy Officer Candidate School. Bill served 4 years as an officer in the diesel electric submarine force, then joined IBM in 1964, received his MBA from Georgia State in 1984, retired in 1994, and was a software consultant until 2004.
He moved to Atlanta in 1975, lived in Cobb County 29 years, and moved to Cartersville in 2004.
He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Patty, of Cartersville, his daughter Grace Swanson (Nick) of Brookhaven, his sons Bill Jr. and Douglass (Susan) Eagar of Philadelphia, and Robert Eagar (Jacqueline) of Alpharetta, brothers Charles (Jena) of Birmingham and Eb III (Robyn) of Charlotte, and most especially his most precious treasures in all the world: grandchildren Haedan, Kate, Emily, Annabelle, Nathan and Penelope. His numerous nieces and nephews loved his stories and pontifications and affectionately referred to him as Crazy Uncle Bill, or Cubby, for short. His family was his life.
He was a lifelong learner. Bill loved travelling, the news, our country, submarines, playing brain games, reading everything (especially history and politics), hugs, laughter, coffee, wine, and bourbon. Bill was the life of the party, known for the outrageous plaid Christmas pants he wore to the annual Arbor Bridge holiday parties and for wearing a tuxedo on any occasion. His dance moves were beloved by many and will be missed at his granddaughters’ upcoming weddings. He was a brilliant builder and engineer, having built intricate decks, patios and fish ponds at several of his houses in addition to creating tree houses that were the envy of the neighborhood for his children and grandchildren.
He enjoyed reading stories of friends near and far on Facebook, which is now how his loved ones will do much of our mourning until the country is safe again, and he can reach his final rest at the Georgia National Cemetery. We will plan a celebration of his life then, over which Rev. Catherine Ballance and Rev. Bob Ballance can preside, wherever and whenever we reach the new new normal.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor and memory to The East Harlem School,, and Hickory Log,, two nonprofits that Bill loved as much as they loved him, or another non-profit you choose.
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Carolyn Worthington Howell

Posted at 11:07am
I went to school at Montevallo with Bill. He was a fantastic person and I have never forgotten him in all these years. The world was a better place with him sharing his laughter, his stories, his antics, and his love. Miss you Bill Eagar.

Mary Jane Maulsby

Posted at 12:14pm
Dear Patty and family,
I am so saddened to hear of your loss and the loss to our community. I served alongside Bill as a member of the Bartow County Library Board and Friends of the Library. He became a good friend to me. My deepest sympathy to you and Bill's other family members.
Mary Jane Maulsby

The Gallagher Family

Posted at 12:29pm
We extend our deepest condolences to the Eagar Family. We are praying for your comfort and strength during this extraordinarily difficult time. The beautiful family Bill leaves behind is a testament to what a great man he was. May he rest in peace.


The Gallagher Family


Posted at 11:04am
I served on Friends of the Library’s executive board with Bill. He was always upbeat and compassionate as we served our community. Bill you will be missed and I am a better person for knowing you. God bless the family with comfort and strength

Nancy sutton

Posted at 09:43am
I'm so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He was such a great guy and I feel privileged to have known him. I know this will leave a huge hole in your world. Sending my thoughts and best wishes to you at this sad time

Rae & George Weimer Posted at 11:37am

May God keep His arms around you, Patty, and your entire family as you mourn Bill's passing. His kind heart, warm personality and his love of his family are just a few of the things that will be missed. Our prayers for comfort are with you. Rae and George Weimer

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