Bill was the eldest son of the late William Henry Poindexter Jr. and Hilda Wilson Brandon Poindexter of East Bend, N.C. He grew up helping to run the family farm and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture Education from North Carolina State University in 1959. After teaching high school at both Chatham Central and Jordan-Matthews high schools in Chatham County for six years, he went on to a lengthy career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture with Farmer’s Home Administration. Following retirement, and not one to slow down, Bill worked part-time for Chatham County Schools as Construction Monitor. He remained a member of the N.C. Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, serving in numerous leadership positions.
Bill was devoted to his Christian faith. He read the entire Bible through every year since 1985, taught Sunday School, sang in church choirs, and served as a Deacon (Love’s Creek Baptist Church, Dobson Baptist Church, and Pittsboro Baptist Church), and in numerous other church positions in his lifetime. He worked tirelessly in his retirement doing missions work, leading five mission teams to Alaska, leading the building of the Spanish Mission Church in Pittsboro, coordinating countless Lay Renewal weekends in collaboration with his wife, and providing disaster relief with North Carolina Baptist Men. He also served as Moderator of Sandy Creek Baptist Association and President of the N.C. Lay Renewal Fellowship as well as a member of the General Board for the Baptist State Convention of N.C. and the Homeland Coordinator of the N.C. Baptist Men.
Bill’s other passions were working in his prolific garden, repairing engines, restoring his antique tractors, and building furniture. His attention to detail in every aspect of his life made him a wonderful storyteller and planner. Bill’s family was his other passion, being a devoted husband of 61 years to his life partner, Sims, and dedicated son, father, and grandfather. Bill would frequently get a catch in his throat and tear up when talking about things and people about which he was passionate. He seldom met a stranger, and he could rarely go anywhere without encountering someone he knew. Bill took great pride in giving away pounds and pounds of home-roasted peanuts and his specially seasoned greens to all his acquaintances. His cinnamon rolls and sausage biscuits at church events were legendary.
A 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge in Yadkinville, N.C., Bill was also a member of the NCSU Alumni Association, reminding folks that N.C. State allowed him to provide for his family, above and beyond. and cheering for Wolfpack sports. Bill loved sacred music and could often be heard singing or whistling even above the sound of his tractor.
Bill is survived by his wife Sims, daughter Julia (Wayne) McLeod and daughter Jan (Kendell) Poindexter-Cameron, and grandchildren William McLeod, Laura Mabe (Matthew), and Amanda Cameron, numerous nieces and nephews, and beloved extended family.
The family will receive visitors on Sunday, May 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Donaldson Funeral Home, 306 West St., Pittsboro, N.C. A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at Goldston United Methodist Church (185 Hillcrest Ave., Goldston, N.C.) on Monday, May 9, at 11 a.m., followed by a graveside service at the church. Officiants are Rev. Lucas Nelson, Dr. Kendell Cameron, and Dr. Larry Williams. The service will also be streamed live online on the Goldston United Methodist Church Facebook page.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the CORA Food Pantry of Pittsboro, 40 Camp Drive, Pittsboro, N.C. 27312 to which Bill donated so much of his produce; Goldston UMC, 185 Hillcrest Ave., Goldston, N.C. 27252; or the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Ukraine Fund, P.O. Box 102972, Atlanta, Georgia 30368-2972.
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