August 8, 1930 - February 6, 2021
WILLIAM "BILL" GEORGE CARROTHERS had a great life as an American, husband, father and grandfather as well as a retired Anchor Bay Schools teacher, counselor, coach and principal and a member of the V.F.W. Post 7573. He passed on to his reward on Saturday, February 6, 2021. Born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada on August 8, 1930, to Lanson Theodore and Lulu Isabelle (Hale) Carrothers, Bill and his family moved to Hazel Park, MI in 1933. A graduate of Hazel Park High School in 1948 and after working at various jobs, he became an American citizen and joined the United States Air Force in May of 1953. Serving tours in Korea during the Korean War and elsewhere, he eventually was stationed at Selfridge Air Force Base where he was awarded Airman of the Month two times. He met his future wife, Bette Jane (Dunlap), in 1956. She was a life guard at the New Baltimore City Park, where he often came to swim. After graduating from Central Michigan University in 1960, Bill was hired by Anchor Bay Schools as an elementary physical education teacher at Anchor Bay Elementary School (now Ashley Elementary School). As the years went by, he became an Anchor Bay Junior High math teacher, an Anchor Bay High School counselor, an assistant principal and then, later serving as the Naldrett Elementary School Principal, retiring in 1985. His career also included the role of the high school golf coach. Bill and Bette were married on April 13, 1957, at First Congregational Church and have resided in Anchorville since 1969, after nearly ten years living in Algonac. Bill is survived by his wife Bette Jane, daughter Alison Lee (Brian) Shilling, Raeford, North Carolina, son Jay William (Jeanie), Marine City and daughter Lesley Jane Pastoria and friend John Slota of St. Clair. Grandchildren include Alissa Frances Baker, (fiancé Matthew McDonnell), Amy Michelle Baker, (fiancé Alex Newby), Trevor David West, Alexa Jane Pastoria, (fiancé Landon Benner), Valentino William, Luciano Antonio and Leonardo Joseph Pastoria, sister Margaret (Clem) Smith, Port Huron and brothers-in-law Duane (Laura) Dunlap, Fred Dunlap, and sisters-in-law, Barbara Cleland Dunlap and Nancy Dunlap Malcolm. Numerous nephews and nieces survive him, including retired ABHS ROTC Col. Jeffrey Carrothers. Bill was predeceased by brothers Lanson (Dorothy) Carrothers, James Carrothers, and sisters Marilyn Carrothers, Barbara (Larry) Danforth, Marjorie (Bill) Whipple. The life of "Mr. C." will be honored this coming summer near the American Flag at City Park with all who were blessed with his presence during his life, invited. A life well lived is a gift and must be celebrated. Memorials may be made to the Bette Dunlap Carrothers Music Scholarship which is administered by the Anchor Bay Community Foundation, P.O. Box 88, New Baltimore, MI 48047, the First Congregational Church, 36223 Alfred, New Baltimore, MI 48047 and the New Baltimore Historical Society, 51065 Washington, New Baltimore, MI 48047.
WILLIAM "BILL" GEORGE CARROTHERS had a great life as an American, husband, father and grandfather as well as a retired Anchor Bay Schools teacher, counselor, coach and principal and a member of the V.F.W. Post 7573. He passed on to his reward... View Obituary & Service Information
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