Williams among honorees at annual Faison Market Day

September 23, 2013

On October 5th Faison will celebrate the 10th Annual Market Day. During the Opening Ceremony at 11:00 a.m. we will recognize “the five Bills” as honorees: Fesperman, Hennessee, Igoe, Lewis, and Williams. Street Dance with John Moore 5:00 ‘till 7:00 p.m.

Between now and Market Day we want to share “More about Bill”.


Eldon L. “Bill” Williams was born in July 1931. He became known as “Bill”, because his Grandmother, Della Williams, gave him this nickname, and it stuck with him all his life. Most people have no idea that “Bill” is not his real name!

Bill is a retired farmer from the Faison area, living his entire life a few miles outside of town, where he proclaims that looking younger than your age is a product of drinking “rusty Sampson County water”….due to living just over the county line.

Bill was drafted by three different branches of military service. He did not join the military, and gave up plans to become an Engineer, when his Father, longtime Faison resident, Nathan Williams, was injured in an accident. Bill operated the family farm, in order to care for his parents, grandparents, and a younger sister and brother. During his many years of farming, he often worked part-time as a carpenter, building cabinets and remodeling homes within the Faison area and surrounding communities.

In 1954, Bill married his wife of 54 years, Evelyn. It seems that Bill was one of several Faisonites that wandered over to Turkey, NC to look for a wife! After farming for many years, Bill was the Yard Manager for Number One Builders in Mount Olive, NC until his retirement.

Bill is a Charter Member of the Piney Grove Ruritan Club, having finally retired from the Club this past year, after 20 plus years of service. Bill is an Honorary Member of the Faison Baptist Mens group, in which he participated in building handicap ramps for community outreach.

For years, Bill was an active member of Bethlehem PFWB Church. He currently attends Millers Chapel PFWB Church, just west of Faison.

Bill has two daughters, Teela Strickland and Sheila Coats, a grandchildren Christina Starlling, Rebecca Coats and Jeffery Coats, and great grandsons, Hunter Starling and Eric Coats.