Renee G uploaded photo(s)
Monday, May 9, 2022
Sally, my heart breaks for you and I’m so sorry. You and Bill were a perfect match in so many ways but especially in your intellect and adventurous spirit! I’m so glad that you found each other but now I grieve in that Bill’s time here was cut short. He pulled through Covid and I just knew you guys were going to continue to explore the world together. But you definitely lived your time together at the fullest and so many of us don’t do that. Bill was an intelligent man but didn’t use that to make others feel small. I enjoyed the conversations and connections and company you both brought. I so enjoyed witnessing Bill and Frank reconnecting after so long of being apart and it was as if they hadn’t lost touch at all. This picture of them working on a puzzle together is one of my favorites. May the peace that surpasses understanding carry you during this time of learning to live without your love, your friend. Hug and a kiss and praying for you.
Rita H posted a symbolic gesture
Monday, May 9, 2022
Oh how I regret not having Bill & Sally over for dinner when they visited Virginia Beach. I just took for granted that I would see them when the pandemic was over. It was not in the plan. I did enjoy the visits that we had when we lived in the mountains. When I think of Bill, what first comes to mind is humility. He was a kind and warm soul. I am so grateful that my stepdad and Bill's brother, Frank, reunited after many years. It brought so much joy to see these two connect. So deserving of acceptance and love. They had each other during a time that was most important. The last decade. My condolences to you, Sally, Frank and all who love Bill.
Joyce Griffin posted a condolence
Saturday, May 7, 2022
How blessed I am to have had the past ten years getting to know both Bill and Sally. Bill and Frank lovingly put together my "Little Red Barn" first chicken coop as Sally and I enjoyed sitting together on the front porch I the early years. I treasure the memories we made vacationing in Sarasota and in Key West. Touring the Ernest Hemingway estate as well as The Wringling Museum and various other adventures. Our wonderful breakfasts compliments of "Sally " we enjoyed together in the lanni at Sunrise Cove overlooking the bay. The beautiful 1500 piece puzzle that Bill and Frank worked so diligently on together and managed to finish before the end of our vacation. I can still see the brothers in my memory. Too precious for words when the brothers sat at Peaky Top to drink in the view of the mountains and the gorge below as the hawks soared at eye level. I feel rich in spirit to have these now precious memories. We shall grieve the loss of Bill for a long time. Frank so looked forward to taking a cruise with his brother Bill. Bill's first cruise was not meant to be. Holy God had other plans. I loved Bill's dry humor which I also appreciated in his father. Bill had a way of chucking that was all his own. I admired Bill for his intelligence and knowledge of the Bible. Frank and I will forever be grateful for our last time together with Bill and Sally exactly one week earlier meeting at a restaurant for a meal. Upon our meeting in the parking area Bill was carrying a gift bag of gifts for Frank and I from his and Sally's recent trip to Hawaii. Without a word he pulls out of the bag two strands of Hawaiian beads reaches up to put them around brother Frank's neck. Then again without a word puts one strand of beads around my neck. Then oddly he pulls out a clothespin made into a Santa Claus and clips on Frank's shirt pocket as if for an early Christmas gift. Our meal together was the longest we had ever spent together with anyone a full 3.5 hours. The conversation was great and we truly enjoyed each other!!!! It was as if we didn't want our time together to end.. I thank God for our memories together. Bill until we see you again. Joyce Griffin
Michael and Elaine Allison posted a condolence
Thursday, May 5, 2022
Bill leaves a legacy matched by few, and surpassed by even fewer. Together, you both were a symbol of genuine goodness and a role models for so many. Sally, you will continue to be that role model since it was the way you were raised, and Bill's love and companionship merged his goodness with yours. With much joy in the time you had together, but much sadness that time has ended,
The family of William Herbert Bland Jr. uploaded a photo
Wednesday, May 4, 2022
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