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Celebrating the life of
William Ormond Deaver, Jr., PhD
Passed away on April 28, 2019
Georgia Southern University Professor
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Memorial Service
  • 6:00 p.m. - Wednesday, May 01, 2019
  • Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
  • 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31406

  • 912-352-7200
  • Family Will Receive Friends
  • 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. - Wednesday, May 01, 2019
  • Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
  • 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31406

  • 912-352-7200

To Ana, Will and the Deaver family, Bill and I started our MA programs at UVa together. He became like a brother to me. I have so many wonderful memories of laughing hard and working hard together. Bill was a one of a kind: a true Southern gentleman, yet also a rascal, a tremendously insightful scholar and yet an instinctive outdoorsman. Bill was a true Renaissance man and I both loved and admired him tremendously. Although we'd lost touch in the last 10 years or so, I have never forgotten him and always intended to get to Savannah for a visit. I am so very, very sorry for your loss, for the world's loss. Mi más profundo pésame.

Pamela J McNab, CULPEPER, VA

Dear Dr. Torres, I was so sorry and shocked to hear of Dr. Deaver's passing. He was one of my favorite professors and he helped to make my time at Armstrong a very enjoyable experience. I also enjoyed our student trip to Mexico, and he was very patient with mi malo and pobre Espanol. As you may remember, I was arrested almost 10 years ago. Bill was one of a handful of people who wrote a support letter for me. I still have the letter, and I will always cherish it. I am home now. So if you need anything in the weeks or months ahead, please don't hesitate to contact me, and I will do what I can. In the meantime, I will be praying for you and your family. In Christian love, Mark Lucas.

Mark Kit Lucas, Pooler, GA

A terrible loss for all of us good friends and colleagues and for his loving wife Ana and son Wily. Bill was keen, dynamic, yet humble and considerate, a rare combination in one human being who is remembered with great fondness by all. With deepest sympathy from Marina and me.

Ernest Rehder, Tallahassee, FLORIDA

Ruby, I am so very sorry for the Loss of your son. I enjoyed all the times on our trips hearing about your family. May God Wrap his arms around you for comfort and strength. Hugs and Love To You! Patricia DiGiacomo

Patricia DiGiacomo, Prince George,Va.,

Dear Ana and Family, My deepest and most sincere condolences. May the Grace of God help you find the you need now. Ximena

Ximena Railey, Pooler, GA,

Prayers from your ATA Family in Richmond Hill are with all of you at this time. I will always remember his smile and upbeat demeanor. Thank you Bill, for helping make the world a brighter, better place for so many.

Carey Daughtry, ,

So deeply sorry to learn of Bill’s passing. He was a part of many fond memories throughout our school years. Holding the family close in prayer.

Sherry (Harris) Rowe, Chesterfield , Va

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Constance Bennett, Richmond, VA

My deepest condolences are with you and your family.

Jane Quarles, Richmond, Virginia

I was fortunate to not only be a fellow employee at Armstrong with Dr. Deaver, but a student as well. Warm, funny, awesome teacher. I enjoyed spending time in his classroom. Very sad to hear of his passing. Vaya con Dios, Profesor.

Amy Wells, Clarksville, IN

I graduated with Bill from Manchester H.S. in 1978. I want to express my sincere condolences and keeping the family in thoughts and prayers. I was so shocked to see his obituary in the Richmond Times Dispatch. So sorry for your loss! Linda xoxoxox

Linda Hellermann Underdown, Mechanicsville, VA

I am so sorry to hear of Bill's passing.. I remember him playing baseball with my son, David, for several years. My prayers and blessings are with all of his family.

Fay Austin, Chesterfield, , Virginia

My sympathies to all friends and family.

Carol Linskey, Savannah, Georgia

Rest is peace old friend. You and I started with Armstrong at the same time. You as my teacher and I as you late blooming student. I always wanted to catch up with you again because I considered you a genuine friend, mentor, and fellow fisherman. Fair winds and following seas to you, and my sincere condolences to the Deaver family.

Mark Peebles, Jacksonville, FL

Rest is peace old friend. You and I started with Armstrong at the same time. You as my teacher and I as you late blooming student. I always wanted to catch up with you again because I considered you a genuine friend, mentor, and fellow fisherman. Fair winds and following seas to you, and my sincere condolences to the Deaver family.

Mark Peebles, Jacksonville, FL

I am so sorry that Bill passed at such a young age. A handsome young man. Remember him always looking up at his father. A sincere loss to everyone in the family. Sincerely, Marlene South

Family of C.L.South " Buddy South", Midlothian, Va

Our prayers and thoughts are with you. My children know Will very well and we will be supporting him. They spoke of your family very respectfully. Your husband and what you do for our world, touching so many lives, will be missed but not go in vain. lovingly we support you and praying for your healing in GOD"S GRACE. Cella Family. Vaya con Dios!!!

Alicia cella, RICHMOND HILL, GA

Dear Ana and Will, we honestly have no words to express our deep sorrow towards the tremendous loss of Bill. Our thoughts are always with you, Ana. We wish we could be there with you and help you through these difficult times. If there is anything we can do, please let us know. On behalf of your friends at CLIC Sevilla, Spain. Bernhard

CLIC Sevilla, Bernhard Roters, Sevilla, Spain

It was always a great day at the spin class when you were there at the Y, Bill! There were always profound and funny observations on family, students, school politics, travel, UVA sports and keeping up the house in Buckhead...precious laughs. So sorry you’ve left. It will never be exactly the same. Thanks for being such a great guy. I know how much you love your family and the Armstrong experience. May God be with you all, forever. Vaya con Dios, mi amigo.

Mike Thompson , Richmond Hill, GA

Estimada Doctora Torres y familia, Cuando me enteré del fallecimiento del doctor Deaver, el corazón se me partió en dos. Él era sin duda mi profesor favorito y la primera persona que me inspiró a estudiar en Amstrong. Era un profesor que enseñaba desde el corazón. No miento al decir que esperaba con ansias sus clases, y el apoyo y confianza que me dio me hicieron sentir afortunada y plena. Era un profesor brillante y le estaré siempre agradecida pues gracias a él soy otra. El doctor Deaver llegó a influir en cientos de personas en formas insospechadas. Al mismo tiempo que estoy de luto por la pérdida de una gran persona, me siento honrada y dichosa por haberle conocido. Todas mis bendiciones para usted y los suyos.

D. Stone, Wilmington Island, Georgia

Nuestro mas sentido pesame para toda la familia, lo sentimos de todo corazon, un abrazo muy fuerte.

Mercedes Fagin y familia, Rincon, GA

Stunned and sorry to hear of his passing and your loss. My warmest condolences to your family.

Horst Kurz, Statesboro, GA

Mi mas sentido pesame y mis oraciones estan con toda la familia y amistades.

Marisol Rodriguez, Savannah, GA

Dr. Deaver was one of my favorite professors in Armstrong. I admired his dedication and passion for Latin American Literature. Although I (shamefully) detested Cervantes, Dr. Deaver always found ways to make it fun and whimsical! As a native Spanish speaker myself, he challenged me to work harder and improve every essay. Recently, we had talked about organizing a summer trip with AASU Alumni to a fun destination, and I was super excited! WE have lost one of the best for sure!. Dr. Torres (Anita), I am deeply saddened for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers! I hope you find peace in knowing how much he was loved!

Audrey Rodriguez, Savannah, GA

I'll treasure the memories I have of Dr. Deaver. It was an honor to be your student and I will always remember you with a smile. Your teaching style was amazing and made the long hours go by fast. All I can say is Thank You, Gracias for being a role model, a great mentor, and excellent person. You will live on in our hearts and minds forever. You touched so many lives with your caring and loving personality, an incredible person with a big heart. My prayers go to Ana, Will and all his family during this difficult time. Dear Ana, I wish I could be there to give you a big hug, all my love and prayers to you. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4

Ana Sanders, Alexandria, VA

Sorry for your loss. Please accept my deepest sympathy.Our heartfelt condolences to his family.

Saba Jallow, Statesboro, Georgia

Dr. Deaver was an incredible person and professor. While Spanish was not my strongest subject as an undergrad, Dr. Deaver went out of his way to go over anything and everything that did not come easy. Even when I was not taking his class, he never hesitated to say hello and see how my day was going! Condolences to his family. He will certainly be missed by so many on the Armstrong campus.

Will Vaught, Nashville, TN

Tia Ana. Mi corazón se entristece demasiado en estos momentos. Como me gustaría estar allí para despedir a Bill y acompañarte a ti, Will y familia. Siempre le recordaré a tío Bill como un hombre inteligente,amable y de corazón más que noble. No me cabe duda la calidad de ser humano y profesional de su persona y lo gran huella que dejó en todos nosotros. Seguiré orando al Padre celestial por el anhelado consuelo y paz. Los quiero mucho!

Milena Arqueros, ,

I met Dr. Deavers when he was a teenager living on Turner Rd in Chesterfield County and I was on the local police department. Bill was a fine young man, very active in sports,a good student, who was polite and very respectful. He never let me forget the time that I helped him. We stayed in touch through his years in college, graduate school, and international travels. Sometime after that our lives became busy and we did not keep in touch as often. I was shocked to learn of his untimely death. Bill was a great guy with a big heart who touched many lives. He will be missed. My sincere sympathy to his family at this most difficult time.

W. A. Jones, Chesterfield, VA

Dr. Deaver was among the top professors I had while at Armstrong in 2004. I had the honor to take several of his classes and I quickly developed admiration for his teaching style. It did not matter if we were learning intensive grammar or reading complex literature, he knew how to connect and challenge each student. He was also my advisor, and he deeply cared about his students’ goals. AASU has lost one of the best. May God give him eternal rest. Dr. Torres, I am deeply saddened for your loss. You and your family are in my heart and mind. I am sending prayers your way.

Bertha Delgadillo , Savannah, GA

SIN DUDA,ELalma y espiritu de Bill seguira'DENTRO DE UDS,Y CON TODOS CON QUIEN PUDO COMPARTIR SU SABIDURIA Y CARINO,Y SU SENTIDO HUMANO!

Lohren Caceres, Chandler/PHOENIX-VIA-Santiago Chile, AZ

Went from elementary school through high school with Bill. Lots of fond memories. So sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Wayne Grady, Moseley, Va

There will never be another person in Armstrong (GSU) like Dr. Deaver. He was funny, caring and all around a great person. He made an impact on many lives and will always be remembered. I give my condolences to his wife and children during this hard time.

Heidi Cardona-Tejera, Savannah , Ga

Thank you Dr. Deaver for everything you did for me and my classmates when we met you in Chile in 2006. I can’t thank you enough for being a loving and caring human being. You were always concerned about the well being of others. You will be truly missed. May God give your family peace in these difficult times. Thanks God for the opportunity of having met you. Hugo Arancibia.

Hugo Arancibia Lopez, La Serena, Chile

There are never any words... I think that is why we have memories instead. Thank you for so many great AASU memories, Dr. Deaver! You taught me how to read Garcia Marquez, how to keep cool when the airline loses your luggage in Mexico for three days, and how to barter...even if it's just for an extra day on that paper! My love to you and your family, Dr. Torres. Casey and I are thinking of you...

Jessica English, Richmond Hill, GA

Went to High School and played football with Bill. I remember him as being a kind, hardworking and intelligent human being. Totally surprised by his passing. Condolences to his wife and family from Manchester High School class of 1978

Bubba Miller, manakin-sabot, VA

Dr. Deaver was a kind and helpful professor. Spanish was not my forte, but with his teaching and assistance, I was able to understand the subject and do well in the class. My prayers and condolences are extended for his family and all the people’s lives he’s touched.

Kirsten Gilliam Mullis, Griffin, Georgia ,

I have nothing but fond memories of my classes with Dr. Deaver. He was a passionate teacher, charismatic storyteller, and great advisor. He truly loved his profession, and it showed every time he entered the room. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, colleagues, students, and all who knew and loved him.

Heather Glover Dobbs, Covington , GA

Dr. Deaver was an exceptional and memorable professor and storyteller. It was truly a delight to have experienced his classes at Armstrong. Sending prayers and thoughts to Dr. Torres and the rest of the family.

Stephanie Roberts, Alexandria, VA

Queridísima Ana y familia: Un fuerte abrazo en estos momentos tremendos por los que pasáis. Siempre os recuerdo con mucho cariño. Lo siento en el alma. Un enorme abrazo apretado interminable. Cariños y mucha fuerza. Toni

Toni , Venice, FL

We shared some fine times, organized and backyard football, sleepovers (where everyone tried to scare the others) etc.. Times that are etched in my mind forever! Thanks my Friend, Grace and Peace! David

David Austin, Richmond, VA

Dr. Deaver made learning Spanish enjoyable at a time I wasn't really feeling the language. His gentle soul and wisdom will be deeply missed around the grounds and halls of AASU (GSU). Still, his presence will always remain for those who know him well. I send my prayers to Dr. Torres and the entire family during this time.

Patrick Wilson, Brunswick, Ga

I'm so sorry to hear of Dr. Deaver's sudden passing. I hope the pain lessens each day and that those closest to him will soon be able to remember him with a smile instead of tears. He will be missed by so many!

Jessica Barahona, Austin, TX

Dr Deaver was an amazing professor. He made me want to learn Spanish just to be able to understand his stories. He is the reason I can read Pablo Neruda without the artifice of translation. The world lost an amazing teacher, as all these testimonies show.

Melissa Hill McCoy, Savannah, GA

Dr. Deaver was a great man and professor. I will never forget his wicked sense of humor. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

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I am so sorry . Bill was a great friend and a wonderful person. May the Lord have him in his glory.

Isabel cottrell, Lake Mary , Fl

One of the very best professor I ever had! Gave me the confidence I needed,after I returned to college in my fifties to receive my degree in Spanish. He was caring, funny and very dedicated to his profession. My prayers and thoughts are with Professor Torres and all the family at this very difficult time. With love and respect.

Elena T. Santamaris, Savannah, Ga

So sorry to hear this news. I used to work as an adjunct at Armstrong and always did Regent's evaluations with Bill. A group of us rode up together, and it was great fun. My sincere condolences on this terrible loss.

Joy Cafiero Syring, St Leonard, MD

My deepest condolences to the family. Ana & Willicito los quiero mucho.

Kathy & Kyle Kersey, Pooler , GA

Prayers of comfort for wife and family as you read sweet memories. Bill was an outgoing friend to all at Providence Middle School and many of us grieved with him when his dad passed away. Bill was so active in sports as a Lancer at Manchester High School and supported many alumni reunions. He will be missed.- Cindy Holland Hurd class- '78

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Dr. Deaver not only made me comfortable speaking Spanish but made me fall in love with the language and culture that surrounds it. Having him stop in the Writing Center to grab candy and chat was always a highlight of my day. Few professors care for their students and he was one of them. Great professor and even better man.

Noah Muszall, Savannah, GA

I just want to say that the world lost a great man too soon. My condolences to the family.

Faria Singleton and family, Savannah , Ga

WE SEND PRAYERS AND LOVE TO YOU. WE ARE SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR LOSS. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. BILLY AND PAT

Billy and Pat Cecil, virginia,

Dra. Torres, Will y familia, mis más sentidas condolencias en este momento trágico. Lamento mucho la partida repentina de el Dr Deaver. Que descanse en Paz...

Ada Kilgore, Grovetown, GA

My sincerest prayers to the Deaver Family. Dr. Deaver was very instrumental in my passion for Spanish. You will be missed!

Shawnte Craig, Kathleen, GA

Our sincerest condolences. We grew up together and Bill will always be remembered fondly. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. RIP Little Bill

Buddy Jon and Angie Baker, Chster, VA.

Ana, Will, and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. I am grateful for the great memories and many laughs enjoyed with Bill through the years at the YMCA and with our boys getting together. Please let me know if there is anything we can do for you all. We are a phone call away.

Rebecca Wayman, Everett and family, Richmond Hill, GA

Ana no hay palabras para expresar la tristeza que sentimos por ustedes. Los tenemos en nuestras oraciones y les mandamos mucho amor.

Shanda Padilla and family, Richmond Hill, Ga

Ana, I am so sorry. I am so sad and hurting. Bill was always a fun person with all the sarcasm I enjoyed. My heart breaks for you and the family. Hugs and prayers.

Angie freund, Richmond hill, Ga

Extending my deepest condolences to your family. Dr. Deaver was not only a great professor, but a good friend. He will be missed. You and your family are in my prayers.

Keesha Hawkins, Oakland Gardens, NY

I'm sorry to hear of your loss. I have you all in my prayers. I love you all.

Cathy Kirby Thurston, Prince George, Va

I am very sorry for your loss, Ana. Bill was telling me about his summer course, Cuban Revolutionary Cinema, during the retirement party last Friday. He told me that he would love to retire in Cuba.

Noriko Mori-Kolbe, Statesboto, GA

Miss you already, Bill. You were a great colleague, friend, scholar, and teacher. The hole you leave behind at the Armstrong campus will be felt for years. My deepest condolences to Ana and Will and the rest of your family.

Robert Terry, Savannah, Georgia

Dr. Deaver, you are forever in my heart and will always remember the good times. Much love and condolences to your family.

Autumn Carter, Cochran , GA

Sorry to learn of Bill's passing. My sincere condolences to each family member and many friends. My prayers are with each of you. God Bless and Comfort you in this sad hour.

Bernard Camden, North Chesterfield, Va.

Heartfelt Sympathy, Love, and Prayers for Comfort to the family and friends of Bill. Go Rest High on that Mountain, Bill, Your work on Earth is done. Go to Heaven shouting Love for the Father and the Son!

Linda Alt and Family, Midlothian, VA 23112

William Ormond Deaver, Jr., PhD., 58, passed away suddenly Sunday, April 28, 2019 at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

He was born in Richmond, Virginia son of William O. Deaver, Sr. and Ruby Davis Deaver.  Dr. Deaver grew up in Richmond, Virginia where he graduated from high school.  After graduation, he attended the University of Virginia receiving a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. Later, he obtained his PhD from Florida State University.  Dr. Deaver previously taught in the school system in Virginia and at the time of his death, had been a professor of Spanish at Georgia Southern University for 25 years.  He was of the Baptist faith, member of Theta Delta Chi Fraternity, loved traveling and was an avid hunter and fisherman.  Dr. Deaver was preceded in death by his father, William O. Deaver, Sr.

Surviving are his wife of 18 years, Ana Torres-Deaver of Richmond Hill, GA; son, William O. “Will” Deaver, III of Richmond Hill, GA; daughters, Caroline Smith (Brian Mathew) of Lakewood, WA; Victoria Smith of Miami, FL; mother, Ruby Davis Cole; sister, Rhonda Deaver Fosse (Victor); brothers, Dean Deaver (Karen); Anthony Webb all of Richmond, VA; step-brother, Chris Cole of Richmond, VA; step-sister, Tracey Cole of New York, NY; several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel.  The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. prior to the service.

Remembrances:  GSU Foundation, Inc., Spanish Travel Scholarship, Account No. 3350, P.O. Box 8053, Statesboro, GA 30460.

 

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To Ana, Will and the Deaver family, Bill and I started our MA programs at UVa together. He became like a brother to me. I have so many wonderful memories of laughing hard and working hard together. Bill was a one of a kind: a true Southern gentleman, yet also a rascal, a tremendously insightful scholar and yet an instinctive outdoorsman. Bill was a true Renaissance man and I both loved and admired him tremendously. Although we'd lost touch in the last 10 years or so, I have never forgotten him and always intended to get to Savannah for a visit. I am so very, very sorry for your loss, for the world's loss. Mi más profundo pésame.

Pamela J McNab, CULPEPER, VA

Dear Dr. Torres, I was so sorry and shocked to hear of Dr. Deaver's passing. He was one of my favorite professors and he helped to make my time at Armstrong a very enjoyable experience. I also enjoyed our student trip to Mexico, and he was very patient with mi malo and pobre Espanol. As you may remember, I was arrested almost 10 years ago. Bill was one of a handful of people who wrote a support letter for me. I still have the letter, and I will always cherish it. I am home now. So if you need anything in the weeks or months ahead, please don't hesitate to contact me, and I will do what I can. In the meantime, I will be praying for you and your family. In Christian love, Mark Lucas.

Mark Kit Lucas, Pooler, GA

A terrible loss for all of us good friends and colleagues and for his loving wife Ana and son Wily. Bill was keen, dynamic, yet humble and considerate, a rare combination in one human being who is remembered with great fondness by all. With deepest sympathy from Marina and me.

Ernest Rehder, Tallahassee, FLORIDA

Ruby, I am so very sorry for the Loss of your son. I enjoyed all the times on our trips hearing about your family. May God Wrap his arms around you for comfort and strength. Hugs and Love To You! Patricia DiGiacomo

Patricia DiGiacomo, Prince George,Va.,

Dear Ana and Family, My deepest and most sincere condolences. May the Grace of God help you find the you need now. Ximena

Ximena Railey, Pooler, GA,

Prayers from your ATA Family in Richmond Hill are with all of you at this time. I will always remember his smile and upbeat demeanor. Thank you Bill, for helping make the world a brighter, better place for so many.

Carey Daughtry, ,

So deeply sorry to learn of Bill’s passing. He was a part of many fond memories throughout our school years. Holding the family close in prayer.

Sherry (Harris) Rowe, Chesterfield , Va

Candle tribute lit by Brenda — Ohio

Candle tribute lit by Jane Quarles — Virginia

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Constance Bennett, Richmond, VA

My deepest condolences are with you and your family.

Jane Quarles, Richmond, Virginia

Candle tribute lit by Mary Parks McBride — North Carolina

Candle tribute lit by Dana Nelson — Georgia

I was fortunate to not only be a fellow employee at Armstrong with Dr. Deaver, but a student as well. Warm, funny, awesome teacher. I enjoyed spending time in his classroom. Very sad to hear of his passing. Vaya con Dios, Profesor.

Amy Wells, Clarksville, IN

I graduated with Bill from Manchester H.S. in 1978. I want to express my sincere condolences and keeping the family in thoughts and prayers. I was so shocked to see his obituary in the Richmond Times Dispatch. So sorry for your loss! Linda xoxoxox

Linda Hellermann Underdown, Mechanicsville, VA

I am so sorry to hear of Bill's passing.. I remember him playing baseball with my son, David, for several years. My prayers and blessings are with all of his family.

Fay Austin, Chesterfield, , Virginia

My sympathies to all friends and family.

Carol Linskey, Savannah, Georgia

Rest is peace old friend. You and I started with Armstrong at the same time. You as my teacher and I as you late blooming student. I always wanted to catch up with you again because I considered you a genuine friend, mentor, and fellow fisherman. Fair winds and following seas to you, and my sincere condolences to the Deaver family.

Mark Peebles, Jacksonville, FL

Rest is peace old friend. You and I started with Armstrong at the same time. You as my teacher and I as you late blooming student. I always wanted to catch up with you again because I considered you a genuine friend, mentor, and fellow fisherman. Fair winds and following seas to you, and my sincere condolences to the Deaver family.

Mark Peebles, Jacksonville, FL

I am so sorry that Bill passed at such a young age. A handsome young man. Remember him always looking up at his father. A sincere loss to everyone in the family. Sincerely, Marlene South

Family of C.L.South " Buddy South", Midlothian, Va

Our prayers and thoughts are with you. My children know Will very well and we will be supporting him. They spoke of your family very respectfully. Your husband and what you do for our world, touching so many lives, will be missed but not go in vain. lovingly we support you and praying for your healing in GOD"S GRACE. Cella Family. Vaya con Dios!!!

Alicia cella, RICHMOND HILL, GA

Dear Ana and Will, we honestly have no words to express our deep sorrow towards the tremendous loss of Bill. Our thoughts are always with you, Ana. We wish we could be there with you and help you through these difficult times. If there is anything we can do, please let us know. On behalf of your friends at CLIC Sevilla, Spain. Bernhard

CLIC Sevilla, Bernhard Roters, Sevilla, Spain

It was always a great day at the spin class when you were there at the Y, Bill! There were always profound and funny observations on family, students, school politics, travel, UVA sports and keeping up the house in Buckhead...precious laughs. So sorry you’ve left. It will never be exactly the same. Thanks for being such a great guy. I know how much you love your family and the Armstrong experience. May God be with you all, forever. Vaya con Dios, mi amigo.

Mike Thompson , Richmond Hill, GA

Estimada Doctora Torres y familia, Cuando me enteré del fallecimiento del doctor Deaver, el corazón se me partió en dos. Él era sin duda mi profesor favorito y la primera persona que me inspiró a estudiar en Amstrong. Era un profesor que enseñaba desde el corazón. No miento al decir que esperaba con ansias sus clases, y el apoyo y confianza que me dio me hicieron sentir afortunada y plena. Era un profesor brillante y le estaré siempre agradecida pues gracias a él soy otra. El doctor Deaver llegó a influir en cientos de personas en formas insospechadas. Al mismo tiempo que estoy de luto por la pérdida de una gran persona, me siento honrada y dichosa por haberle conocido. Todas mis bendiciones para usted y los suyos.

D. Stone, Wilmington Island, Georgia

Nuestro mas sentido pesame para toda la familia, lo sentimos de todo corazon, un abrazo muy fuerte.

Mercedes Fagin y familia, Rincon, GA

Stunned and sorry to hear of his passing and your loss. My warmest condolences to your family.

Horst Kurz, Statesboro, GA

Mi mas sentido pesame y mis oraciones estan con toda la familia y amistades.

Marisol Rodriguez, Savannah, GA

Dr. Deaver was one of my favorite professors in Armstrong. I admired his dedication and passion for Latin American Literature. Although I (shamefully) detested Cervantes, Dr. Deaver always found ways to make it fun and whimsical! As a native Spanish speaker myself, he challenged me to work harder and improve every essay. Recently, we had talked about organizing a summer trip with AASU Alumni to a fun destination, and I was super excited! WE have lost one of the best for sure!. Dr. Torres (Anita), I am deeply saddened for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers! I hope you find peace in knowing how much he was loved!

Audrey Rodriguez, Savannah, GA

Candle tribute lit by Ana Sanders — Virginia

I'll treasure the memories I have of Dr. Deaver. It was an honor to be your student and I will always remember you with a smile. Your teaching style was amazing and made the long hours go by fast. All I can say is Thank You, Gracias for being a role model, a great mentor, and excellent person. You will live on in our hearts and minds forever. You touched so many lives with your caring and loving personality, an incredible person with a big heart. My prayers go to Ana, Will and all his family during this difficult time. Dear Ana, I wish I could be there to give you a big hug, all my love and prayers to you. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4

Ana Sanders, Alexandria, VA

Sorry for your loss. Please accept my deepest sympathy.Our heartfelt condolences to his family.

Saba Jallow, Statesboro, Georgia

Dr. Deaver was an incredible person and professor. While Spanish was not my strongest subject as an undergrad, Dr. Deaver went out of his way to go over anything and everything that did not come easy. Even when I was not taking his class, he never hesitated to say hello and see how my day was going! Condolences to his family. He will certainly be missed by so many on the Armstrong campus.

Will Vaught, Nashville, TN

Candle tribute lit by Brenda Calderon — Tennessee

Candle tribute lit by Megan McGinnis — Georgia

Tia Ana. Mi corazón se entristece demasiado en estos momentos. Como me gustaría estar allí para despedir a Bill y acompañarte a ti, Will y familia. Siempre le recordaré a tío Bill como un hombre inteligente,amable y de corazón más que noble. No me cabe duda la calidad de ser humano y profesional de su persona y lo gran huella que dejó en todos nosotros. Seguiré orando al Padre celestial por el anhelado consuelo y paz. Los quiero mucho!

Milena Arqueros, ,

I met Dr. Deavers when he was a teenager living on Turner Rd in Chesterfield County and I was on the local police department. Bill was a fine young man, very active in sports,a good student, who was polite and very respectful. He never let me forget the time that I helped him. We stayed in touch through his years in college, graduate school, and international travels. Sometime after that our lives became busy and we did not keep in touch as often. I was shocked to learn of his untimely death. Bill was a great guy with a big heart who touched many lives. He will be missed. My sincere sympathy to his family at this most difficult time.

W. A. Jones, Chesterfield, VA

Dr. Deaver was among the top professors I had while at Armstrong in 2004. I had the honor to take several of his classes and I quickly developed admiration for his teaching style. It did not matter if we were learning intensive grammar or reading complex literature, he knew how to connect and challenge each student. He was also my advisor, and he deeply cared about his students’ goals. AASU has lost one of the best. May God give him eternal rest. Dr. Torres, I am deeply saddened for your loss. You and your family are in my heart and mind. I am sending prayers your way.

Bertha Delgadillo , Savannah, GA

SIN DUDA,ELalma y espiritu de Bill seguira'DENTRO DE UDS,Y CON TODOS CON QUIEN PUDO COMPARTIR SU SABIDURIA Y CARINO,Y SU SENTIDO HUMANO!

Lohren Caceres, Chandler/PHOENIX-VIA-Santiago Chile, AZ

Went from elementary school through high school with Bill. Lots of fond memories. So sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Wayne Grady, Moseley, Va

There will never be another person in Armstrong (GSU) like Dr. Deaver. He was funny, caring and all around a great person. He made an impact on many lives and will always be remembered. I give my condolences to his wife and children during this hard time.

Heidi Cardona-Tejera, Savannah , Ga

Thank you Dr. Deaver for everything you did for me and my classmates when we met you in Chile in 2006. I can’t thank you enough for being a loving and caring human being. You were always concerned about the well being of others. You will be truly missed. May God give your family peace in these difficult times. Thanks God for the opportunity of having met you. Hugo Arancibia.

Hugo Arancibia Lopez, La Serena, Chile

There are never any words... I think that is why we have memories instead. Thank you for so many great AASU memories, Dr. Deaver! You taught me how to read Garcia Marquez, how to keep cool when the airline loses your luggage in Mexico for three days, and how to barter...even if it's just for an extra day on that paper! My love to you and your family, Dr. Torres. Casey and I are thinking of you...

Jessica English, Richmond Hill, GA

Went to High School and played football with Bill. I remember him as being a kind, hardworking and intelligent human being. Totally surprised by his passing. Condolences to his wife and family from Manchester High School class of 1978

Bubba Miller, manakin-sabot, VA

Dr. Deaver was a kind and helpful professor. Spanish was not my forte, but with his teaching and assistance, I was able to understand the subject and do well in the class. My prayers and condolences are extended for his family and all the people’s lives he’s touched.

Kirsten Gilliam Mullis, Griffin, Georgia ,

I have nothing but fond memories of my classes with Dr. Deaver. He was a passionate teacher, charismatic storyteller, and great advisor. He truly loved his profession, and it showed every time he entered the room. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, colleagues, students, and all who knew and loved him.

Heather Glover Dobbs, Covington , GA

Dr. Deaver was an exceptional and memorable professor and storyteller. It was truly a delight to have experienced his classes at Armstrong. Sending prayers and thoughts to Dr. Torres and the rest of the family.

Stephanie Roberts, Alexandria, VA

Queridísima Ana y familia: Un fuerte abrazo en estos momentos tremendos por los que pasáis. Siempre os recuerdo con mucho cariño. Lo siento en el alma. Un enorme abrazo apretado interminable. Cariños y mucha fuerza. Toni

Toni , Venice, FL

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We shared some fine times, organized and backyard football, sleepovers (where everyone tried to scare the others) etc.. Times that are etched in my mind forever! Thanks my Friend, Grace and Peace! David

David Austin, Richmond, VA

Dr. Deaver made learning Spanish enjoyable at a time I wasn't really feeling the language. His gentle soul and wisdom will be deeply missed around the grounds and halls of AASU (GSU). Still, his presence will always remain for those who know him well. I send my prayers to Dr. Torres and the entire family during this time.

Patrick Wilson, Brunswick, Ga

I'm so sorry to hear of Dr. Deaver's sudden passing. I hope the pain lessens each day and that those closest to him will soon be able to remember him with a smile instead of tears. He will be missed by so many!

Jessica Barahona, Austin, TX

Dr Deaver was an amazing professor. He made me want to learn Spanish just to be able to understand his stories. He is the reason I can read Pablo Neruda without the artifice of translation. The world lost an amazing teacher, as all these testimonies show.

Melissa Hill McCoy, Savannah, GA

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Dr. Deaver was a great man and professor. I will never forget his wicked sense of humor. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

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I am so sorry . Bill was a great friend and a wonderful person. May the Lord have him in his glory.

Isabel cottrell, Lake Mary , Fl

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One of the very best professor I ever had! Gave me the confidence I needed,after I returned to college in my fifties to receive my degree in Spanish. He was caring, funny and very dedicated to his profession. My prayers and thoughts are with Professor Torres and all the family at this very difficult time. With love and respect.

Elena T. Santamaris, Savannah, Ga

So sorry to hear this news. I used to work as an adjunct at Armstrong and always did Regent's evaluations with Bill. A group of us rode up together, and it was great fun. My sincere condolences on this terrible loss.

Joy Cafiero Syring, St Leonard, MD

My deepest condolences to the family. Ana & Willicito los quiero mucho.

Kathy & Kyle Kersey, Pooler , GA

Prayers of comfort for wife and family as you read sweet memories. Bill was an outgoing friend to all at Providence Middle School and many of us grieved with him when his dad passed away. Bill was so active in sports as a Lancer at Manchester High School and supported many alumni reunions. He will be missed.- Cindy Holland Hurd class- '78

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Dr. Deaver not only made me comfortable speaking Spanish but made me fall in love with the language and culture that surrounds it. Having him stop in the Writing Center to grab candy and chat was always a highlight of my day. Few professors care for their students and he was one of them. Great professor and even better man.

Noah Muszall, Savannah, GA

I just want to say that the world lost a great man too soon. My condolences to the family.

Faria Singleton and family, Savannah , Ga

WE SEND PRAYERS AND LOVE TO YOU. WE ARE SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR LOSS. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. BILLY AND PAT

Billy and Pat Cecil, virginia,

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Dra. Torres, Will y familia, mis más sentidas condolencias en este momento trágico. Lamento mucho la partida repentina de el Dr Deaver. Que descanse en Paz...

Ada Kilgore, Grovetown, GA

My sincerest prayers to the Deaver Family. Dr. Deaver was very instrumental in my passion for Spanish. You will be missed!

Shawnte Craig, Kathleen, GA

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Our sincerest condolences. We grew up together and Bill will always be remembered fondly. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. RIP Little Bill

Buddy Jon and Angie Baker, Chster, VA.

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Ana, Will, and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. I am grateful for the great memories and many laughs enjoyed with Bill through the years at the YMCA and with our boys getting together. Please let me know if there is anything we can do for you all. We are a phone call away.

Rebecca Wayman, Everett and family, Richmond Hill, GA

Ana no hay palabras para expresar la tristeza que sentimos por ustedes. Los tenemos en nuestras oraciones y les mandamos mucho amor.

Shanda Padilla and family, Richmond Hill, Ga

Ana, I am so sorry. I am so sad and hurting. Bill was always a fun person with all the sarcasm I enjoyed. My heart breaks for you and the family. Hugs and prayers.

Angie freund, Richmond hill, Ga

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Extending my deepest condolences to your family. Dr. Deaver was not only a great professor, but a good friend. He will be missed. You and your family are in my prayers.

Keesha Hawkins, Oakland Gardens, NY

I'm sorry to hear of your loss. I have you all in my prayers. I love you all.

Cathy Kirby Thurston, Prince George, Va

I am very sorry for your loss, Ana. Bill was telling me about his summer course, Cuban Revolutionary Cinema, during the retirement party last Friday. He told me that he would love to retire in Cuba.

Noriko Mori-Kolbe, Statesboto, GA

Miss you already, Bill. You were a great colleague, friend, scholar, and teacher. The hole you leave behind at the Armstrong campus will be felt for years. My deepest condolences to Ana and Will and the rest of your family.

Robert Terry, Savannah, Georgia

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Dr. Deaver, you are forever in my heart and will always remember the good times. Much love and condolences to your family.

Autumn Carter, Cochran , GA

Sorry to learn of Bill's passing. My sincere condolences to each family member and many friends. My prayers are with each of you. God Bless and Comfort you in this sad hour.

Bernard Camden, North Chesterfield, Va.

Heartfelt Sympathy, Love, and Prayers for Comfort to the family and friends of Bill. Go Rest High on that Mountain, Bill, Your work on Earth is done. Go to Heaven shouting Love for the Father and the Son!

Linda Alt and Family, Midlothian, VA 23112


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