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William “Bill” J. Talbert, 83, of Greensboro died Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at his home.
A memorial gathering will be from 6-8 PM Sunday, May 13, 2018 at George Brothers Funeral Service.
Mr. Talbert was born in 1935 on a farm in Louisville, MS during The Great Depression. The youngest of six children, most of his young life was spent working on the family farm. After his high school graduation, Bill joined the United States Army and served in Germany. After the Army, he immediately went to work for Western Electric where he helped develop the system we now know today as the Missile Defense and Safeguard Systems. For the next forty plus years, he continued his work on the defense system as a computer systems engineer. Bill was proud that his employment enabled his family to live and see many places such as The Marshall Islands, National Parks, and many other places throughout the United States and Canada until his retirement in 2000. Overcoming his meager beginnings was one of Bill’s proudest accomplishments. Later, Bill would become known as “The Walking Man” as he strolled ten to twelve miles per day. On his seventy-eighth birthday, he celebrated by walking seventy-eight miles in one week. He was also a lifetime member of the Loyal Order of the Moose having joined the fraternal organization in 1958 while living in Texas.
Mr. Talbert is preceded in death by wife, Joan Talbert who died in 2007 as well as his parents, two brothers, and two sisters.
He is survived by his children, Elizabeth (Beth) Talbert and partner, Durant Glover of Greensboro, Crystal (Cris) Bissonnette and husband, Marc of Manchester, NH, and son, William(Billy) Talbert and wife Melissa of Whitsett; sister, Bobbie Jean Triplett of Louisville, MS; grandchildren, Michael, Sean, Amanda, Ryan, Jamie, and Claire; and nine great grandchildren.
The family request that memorial contributions be made to the charity of your choice.