William Gilmer “Bill” Cave Jr., 78, of Bridgewater, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital.
He was born in Elkton on Aug. 17, 1934, and was a son of the late Willie Gilmer Sr. and Geneva Alice (Lambert) Cave.
Bill was a contractor and was a member of Sangerville Church of the Brethren and Sangerville Towers Ruritian Club. He served in the U.S. Army.
He is survived by three daughters, LaVonne Sue Fawley and husband, Stephen, of Broadway, Billie Carlene Pohlman and husband, Todd, of Ishpeming, Mich., and Charity Ann Looney and husband, Kristian, of Bridgewater; a son, Tony Lee Cave and wife, Kathy, of Dayton; a daughter-in-law, April Cave of Bridgewater, three sisters, Delores “Corky” French of Bridgewater, Juanita Hawkins of Pompano Beach, Fla., and Phyllis Brown of Nettleton, Miss.; 12 grandchildren, Jessica Pettit, Brenton Cave, Thomas Matters, Shandra Deputy, Jarrett Cave, Seth Fawley, Erick Pohlman, Chad Pohlman, Ian Pohlman, Aaron Looney, Brenna Looney and Kelton Looney; 12 great-grandchildren, Jeffery, Jordan and Jacob Long, Josh Pettit, Jill Wenger, Chloe and Cameron Cave, Colby Matters, Fae and Ronin Deputy, Isaiah and Rebecca Cave; two great-great-grand-children and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his beloved cat, Shorty.
He was preceded in death by a son, Jeffery William Cave; a sister, Janet Cave; two brothers, Buford Cave and James Cave; and a grandson, Tony Lee Cave Jr.
The family will receive friends Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, from 6 until 8 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater.
A funeral service will be held at Sangerville Church of the Brethren at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, with the Rev. Kevin Daggett officiating. Burial will follow at Briery Branch Church Cemetery with military grave rites by the Dayton American Legion Post No. 27.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonfs.com .