LAWRENCEVILLE, Illinois — William ‘Bill’ H. Carrithers, age 93, of Venice Beach, Florida, formerly of Lawrenceville, passed away on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at the Venice Beach Bayfront Health Hospital in Venice Beach, Florida.
He was born on Feb. 06, 1928, in Lawrence County, the son of William H. Carrithers, Sr. and Martha Olivia (Smith) Turk. He married Evelyn V. Rayburn on Dec. 7, 1948, in Vincennes, Indiana, and she preceded him in death on April 17, 2003.
Bill served his country in the United States Marine Corps during WWII and was a graduate of the George Williams College in Chicago. During his time in the war, he was on the All-Navy Swim Team. He was an accomplished swimmer, and when he was just 16 years old, broke the record for the 100-meter freestyle. He also was a runner-up for the 1948 Olympics Swim Team in London. He worked for the YMCA for many years. In the late 1950’s, he went to work for Prudential Insurance Company, and he retired from there in the 1980’s. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Lawrenceville, a lifetime member of the Elks, and a former member of the VFW and American Legion. He served on the Lawrenceville City Council and the Lawrence Township Park Board, while also managing the park pool.
Preceding him in death were his parents and wife.
Survivors include one son, Mark Carrithers and wife, Robin, of Vincennes, Indiana; one daughter, Lynn Loveman and husband, Marc, of Wheatland, Indiana; as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at noon CDT on Tuesday at the Emmons-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home in Lawrenceville and may be viewed with the following link: https://www.facebook.com/emmonsmaceysteffey.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon CDT on Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Lawrenceville City Cemetery with military rites. Memorial donations may be made to the Lawrence Township Park Pool.
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