The family will receive friends on Saturday, July 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Maddox Funeral Home followed by a celebration of life service at 11:00 a.m. conducted by Pastor Danny Clegg. Burial will follow in Panorama Memorial Gardens.
William was born November 13, 1943 in Alexandria, VA, son of the late Thurston Hubert Athey and Corrine Jones Athey.
On July 16, 1965 he married the love of his life, Linda Dolly in Linden, VA.
William was self-employed with his home improvement business, Renew Exteriors, for over 30 years. He was an avid fisherman and bow hunter, and thoroughly enjoyed hunting and fishing with family and friends. He was a member of Front Royal Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 829 and Two Rivers Archery Club.
He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Linda Dolly Athey; one son, William H. Athey, Jr. of Front Royal; one daughter Angela Athey and her fiancé Dennis Cooper of Gainesville, VA; one grandson William H. Athey, III; three granddaughters Amanda, Destiny, and Faith; brothers-in-law Donald Dolly, Jr. and David Dolly and sister-in-law Kathy Shiflett of whom he considered his brothers and sister.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by three step-brothers; and four step-sisters.
Pallbearers will be William Athey, III, Dennis Cooper, Jason Kibler, Doug Morrison, Ryan Rohrbaugh, and Geoff Van Anden.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Fox, Warren Kuser, Paul Ey, Charlie Goddard, Tony Maynard, and Donnie Spencer.