Bill Minnich

William R. Minnich Jr.

William R. Minnich Jr. slipped gently into the loving arms of God on Saturday, January 19, 2019, after a brief illness.   His wife of 47 years, Sherry, and his dog, Blue, were both by his side.  Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Bill was an extraordinary man with many interests in his life.  He was an avid salt and fresh water fisherman.  He was especially fond of fly fishing for redfish and tarpon off the coast of Georgia.  The requirement of his golf foursome was that each member must limp or use a cane, and no one kept score.  He graduated from University of Georgia and continued to cheer throughout his life for his beloved “Dawgs”.

Bill was a compassionate, selfless man who believed in “giving back”.  He volunteered on mission trips to Haiti and worked closely with many non-profits in Lake Toxaway, North Carolina and McIntosh County, Georgia.  His years as a Hospice respite caregiver was one of his most rewarding endeavors.   Bill always said he had salt water in his blood and enjoyed his time on the Georgia coast whether in his boat, walking the beach on Sapelo, hosting oyster roasts or just hanging around the local shrimp docks with his friends Captain Hunter Forsyth, Red Hagan and Vic Waters.  He and his buddy Levi (Punch) Jackson would often head to Brunswick for some fried chicken and creamed corn.  Bill and his wife have had a cottage in Valona for over 10 years.

Bill is survived by his loving wife, Sherry Gordon Minnich, in Lake Toxaway, North Carolina; his sister, Gail Minnich Watson (David) in Atlanta; many in-laws, nieces and nephews in Savannah and Atlanta; his beloved dog, Blue; and a myriad of friends in Valona and Darien, across the country and the world.  He was a member of the Lake Toxaway United Methodist Church.  His Celebration of Life service will be held there on Friday, February 1, 2019, at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to McIntosh County Animal Services, 1184 Animal Shelter Drive, Darien, Georgia 31305.

Online condolences may be left at

Moody-Connolly Funeral Home and Crematory, 181 S. Caldwell Street, Brevard, NC 28712.