In Memory

William Close

William Close

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04/21/11 08:16 PM #1    

Don Pauley

Who Remembers Bill and his "natural" ability as a Half-back?  Unstoppable many times he carried the Ball.   He was a special talent.

May His Memory Be Eternal!

04/28/11 04:55 PM #2    

Del Reed Jr.

I played football with Billy at Spring Hill Jr. and one year at SC.....Billy was one of the best running backs I have ever seen or played with......he was big and very fast with tremendous tallent.....if he had been allowed to play at SC all three years. I was extremely close to Billy and his family.

Del Reed


08/02/11 02:21 PM #3    

Lynn Raymond Wilbur

 I met Billy when we played football at Spring Hill in the 7th grade. I had attended NC schools whitch were segregated  then. I had never seen a football game when coach Snotgrass asked me to suit up. Billy befriended me and explained some of the points of the game. After a hard hit Billy helped me up and saw me looking at his hand. He said Lynn"black don't rub off"He was the first black person I had realy talked to and let me know the prejudice that he faced. We became friends and remained so through high school. He was so  fast runing the ball I have often wondered what goals he would have set, if Spring Hill athletes had a fair chance to play football at South Charleston.  Lynn Wilbur

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