William Paul Bunnell

In Memorial

William Paul Bunnell, 83, passed away peacefully on September 18, 2013.

A native of Ohio and a North Carolina resident since 1966, Bill retired from the Elizabeth City/Pasquotank Public Schools as an Elementary School Principal in 1983.  He served as an officer in the US Navy from 1951-1957 and received the Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal.  He was a life-time member of the Grand Lodge of Masons of Ohio.

Bill was the son of the late Leonard Paul Bunnell and the late Elizabeth Laverne Bunnell.  He was also predeceased by a sister, Carolee Bunnell.  Survivors include his wife, Alice; a son, William Paul Bunnell, II & wife, Janet of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; a daughter, BJ Bunnell-Wright of Macon, NC; a grandson, William Paul Bunnell, III of Chicago, IL.;  a step-son, Edwin Rousseau & wife, Monica, 5 step-grandchildren all of Hampstead, NC; a brother, Walter James Bunnell & wife, Judith, of Loveland, OH.

On behalf of the family, we would like to thank the staff of Colony Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility for their kindness and compassionate care over the past few weeks.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

Bill will be remembered as a past pigeon fancier, creator of sterling silver jewelry, for his love of life and most certainly as a man who could tell a good joke to anyone, anywhere, anytime.

A gathering to honor Bill will take place at Twiford Funeral Home, 500 Budleigh st, Manteo, on Saturday, September 21, 2013, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.twifordfh.com.

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  1. Roxanne Jackson

    To my friend Bills family,
    Bill was a man that once you met him you knew he was a friend for life. He would call me to tell me a joke, stop by work just to say hi or tell me something he thought I needed to know. Bill was a friend to our family and an adoptive member to the Jackson family. Bill will be missed but look back and think of all the people he made smile or about one of the jokes he told ! Bill you will be missed and I am glad I was blessed to have had you in my life. Memories can never be taken away so when you feel down stop and think man he was something else and how much you loved him.

  2. Nancy Houtz Harris

    ..so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing,he was a great principal and man. You are in my prayers.

  3. Bobbi White

    So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I first met him as a student at JC Sawyer school in Elizabeth City where he was our principal. When we graduated and went to Sheep-Harney he followed us there. I knew him best as a crafter in the Craftman’s Fair. He always had a smile on his face and he needed to tell you a joke! Bill touched many children throughout his years in the school system. He will be missed.

  4. Lois Ann Snider

    My deepest sympathy to Bill’s family. The Loveland High School class of 1947 will miss him more than anyone could know. I’ll miss your emails, jokes, phone calls, Bill. Love Lois Ann

  5. Dorsey Harris

    I am saddened to hear of his passing. He was a true champion for children, teachers, public school personnel, public education and the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE).

  6. Kathy Dewey

    Rest in peace, Bill. I will miss your smile and funny stories. I am a friend through mutual friend, Cindy Henderson. Hugs to Bill’s kids!

  7. Roberta Maggio Hudson

    My condolences to the family. Mr. Bunnell was by far the most compassionate i have ever encountered and he truly will be missed and remembered by all who were blessed to have had him during their school years.

  8. Mary Ann Aydlett

    Bill was one of the best principals I have ever had! He made everyone laugh and he was kind to everyone he met. I will miss him.

  9. Lisa Winslow

    Alice and family,

    So sad to hear of Bill’s passing. I always enjoyed the days that he would volunteer at the arts council gallery as well as our time with him at the Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Lisa and Cindy Winslow

  10. Patty Kelly Hoggard

    What wonderful memories I have of Bill Bunnell….the first principal of my teaching career. He was a great guy who always made you smile!! His zest for life will always remain in the hearts who loved him. His family was so blessed to have made a lifetime of memories with him as husband, father & grandfather. Prayers are with each of you~

  11. Diana "Donnie" and Doug Gardner

    We will always remember how Bill would tousle our sons’ hair and say “Boys, you need to eat more so you can run track like your Dad!” He was so thoughtful and knew students’ names. He made our children’s school days a joy.

  12. michael morse

    i met Mr Bunnellwhen i was in Elementary school at sheep harney he was a awesome prinicipal and a good guy my thoughts and prayers go out to the family he will be truly missed.

  13. Tarsha Thomas-Elliott

    I will always remember Mr. Bunnell from the halls of Sheep-Harney elementary school. He was a wonderful man. I remember him showing me how he would make his jewelry. It fascinated to see the skill in his gift.
    I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He surely will be missed. My prayers are with Mr. Bunnell’s family during this difficult time. I pray God gives you comfort and peace.
    Educators like Mr. Bunnell are a rare jewel, there will never be another like him.

  14. Deann Mansfield DeBrito

    Mr. Bunnell was one of my favorite high school teachers. He inspired me to become a teacher because he showed each of us that he truly loved educating his students. I looked forward to class each day , knowing I would hear an entertaining story, learn from an experinence he would share, or be intrigued with his vast
    knowledge of the world. I am saddened to hear of his passing. May God comfort your family with
    memories of a truly remarkable educator and man. God bless you all!
    Deann Mansfield-DeBrito

  15. Martha Cain

    I met Bill when BJ and I were at COA together. He was one of the funniest men I’ve ever known. He always had a story or a joke to tell. My mom loved to see him and chat at the craft fairs in downtown Manteo. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  16. Julie Bridges

    Bill was my 1st principal – one who gave me a sense of belonging in the classroom. He also taught me to laugh and boy did we?

    Best to Alice from Jim and me.

  17. Dianne Aydlett

    I have known Bill since he first moved to EC> He and Joann lived in my mother’s apartment when BJ was born. Bill fixed me up on a date when I was in Norfolk. We have crossed one another’s paths over the years. To B.J. and Paul, my deepest sympathy.

  18. Hunt Thomas

    Alice – so sorry to hear this sad news -Bill was a great friend, colleague and he loved sharing his talents with others. He will truly be missed. I’m sure he and Harry are chatting over “old school days” over a cup of coffee. We will always cherish the memories with him.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.Sending our love –

    Hunt & Marjalene

  19. Carolyn Ambrose

    So sorry to hear of his passing. I will continue to smile whenever I think of him as he always had a great joke to share!

  20. Jane Etheridge

    B.J. and family,

    I am so very sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Your Dad was loved by many and will be greatly missed.


  21. Eva Harrison

    Very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He made such beautiful jewelry. I enjoyed seeing him at the Craftsman’s Fair.

  22. Laurie Graham

    Alice, BJ and family,
    I was so very sad to hear of Bill’s passing. I love how we had reconnected in these past years and I had the pleasure of seeing him often and sharing a laugh or a story. My memories go back to days of my youth when he was my 3rd grade principal and then followed me to another school for grades 4 & 5!
    I wish you all peace as you mourn him.
    Fondly, Laurie

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