William Preston Houseal Fincher, husband, father, grandfather, good-grandfather, brother, uncle, godfather, and pal, passed peacefully to eternal lifetime on August 14, 2021 at property with his household at his facet. A lifelong Columbian, Bill was born on July 22, 1938 and was the second son of Ruth Sumner Houseal Fincher and Hubert Thomas Fincher.
He expended his early a long time residing with his household in Ballentine on the shores of Lake Murray where by he shared a lot of superb (and mischievous) adventures with his older brother, Tom, and in the Eau Claire, Heathwood, and Shandon neighborhoods of Columbia, where by he formed lots of enduring and cherished lifelong friendships. He was a graduate of Dreher Substantial University (facilitated by a formative yr at the Carlisle Armed service University in Bamberg, S. C.) exactly where he was a member of The Dark Horsemen Club, and was a happy alumnus of the College of South Carolina, wherever he researched small business administration and was a person of the few married customers of the Kappa Alpha Get. Monthly bill married his superior university sweetheart, Carole Ann Crolley, in the summer time of his sophomore yr in college or university, and they had been married for 17 a long time.
Bill labored all his daily life, beginning as a pre-teenager filling grocery orders in the neighborhood marketplace at Trenholm and Beltline, delivering The Point out and the Columbia Record newspapers, and advertising dwelling address symptoms in Shandon and Heathwood manufactured from license plate elements by the prisoners at CCI. He commenced his very long business enterprise career when at USC, doing work part time at the Claude Creason Firm and at Lane, Taylor and Wolfe. During his daily life, Bill credited Mr. Creason and the gentlemen at Lane, Taylor and Wolfe with educating him worthwhile lessons in insurance plan and genuine estate. Immediately after positions with Aetna and Pennsylvania Lumbermen’s Mutual, he opened his possess coverage company, The Fincher Company in the 1960s and put in the relaxation of his career in insurance and serious estate ahead of retiring in 2018.
A devoted relatives person and honest mate to a lot of, Bill never ever fulfilled a stranger and was the existence of any get together. He often had a funny tale to share, a most loved recipe to cook dinner, and a shoulder to lean on. He liked pet dogs (most primarily his trusty canine companion, Fred) and men and women, Litchfield Beach front and Pawleys Island, any decent grocery retailer (and in his later on decades, a fantastic estate sale), and the Carolina Gamecocks, all in equal evaluate. He was predeceased by his moms and dads, his brother James Edward Fincher and his beloved son, William Preston Houseal Fincher Jr. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Caskey Fincher, daughters Melita Fincher DaSilva ( Robert) and Lauren Ann Fincher, grandchildren William Middleton IV, Sumner Elizabeth Arbuckle and Thomas Preston Rives Middleton, stepdaughter Paige Cook Alexander (Chris), move-grandchildren Gracyn Rebekah Alexander, Christian John Joseph Alexander, Robert Hale DaSilva (“Sully”) and William Brooks DaSilva (“Kackie”), great-grandson Henry Hale DaSilva, his brother Hubert Thomas Fincher Jr. (Clare) and sister Melita Fincher deTreville, nieces Susan Fincher Zais (Mitchell) and Sheryl Fincher, brother-in-law Daniel Joseph Caskey ( Teresa) and nephew William Daniel Caskey.
Funeral solutions had been held at 11 a. m., Thursday, August 19, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1715 Bull Avenue in Columbia. Burial pursuing the provider was non-public. Visitation with the household was from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 18 at the household of Lita and Robbie DaSilva, 830 Hampton Hill Road in Columbia.
The Fincher loved ones needs to thank MSA Hospice, Comfort Keepers, Lataral Lewis, and Aretha Brown for their mild and loving care. In lieu of flowers, memorials may perhaps be produced to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Exploration The Columbia Humane Modern society, 121 Humane Lane, Columbia, S. C. 29209 St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or to the charity of one’s option.
“The night time unveils new worlds of light-weight and to know that if I could unwrap fold right after fold of God’s universe I must only unfold more and a lot more blessings, and see further and deeper into the enjoy which is at the coronary heart of it all.”
Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is aiding the family. Reminiscences may possibly be shared at www.dunbarfunerals.com.