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William Burton Poovey Jr.

December 8, 1961July 28, 2020

William Burton Poovey, Jr., of Columbus, Georgia, passed away of natural causes at his home on July 27, 2020.

He was born in Savannah on December 8, 1961, to parents, Marian Rice Poovey and William Burton Poovey, both deceased. A longtime Georgia resident, Bill graduated from Hardaway High School and Berry College and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Columbus.

He is survived by his sister, Carolyn Poovey Kennedy (Butch) of Kittery Point, Maine, and several cousins who remained an active part of his life. The family would like to express deepest thanks to Jim Gunby of Synovus Trust and Stacy Welch of The First Presbyterian Church for their unwavering support of Bill in the last years of his life.

A graveside service honoring Bill will take place at Parkhill Cemetery on Monday, August 3, 2020 at 2:00 PM with Reverend Danny Deith and Reverend Connie Happell officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to the National Alliance on Mental Illness www.nami.org/Home, which provided resources as they sought to help Bill manage his own mental health conditions.


  • Carolyn Poovey Kennedy (Butch), Sister
  • Marian Rice Poovey, Mother (deceased)
  • William Burton Poovey, Father (deceased)

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  • Graveside Services

    Monday, August 3, 2020


William Burton Poovey Jr.

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Warene Taylor

August 2, 2020

I am Bill's backdoor neighbor. I am saddened for Bill's untimely death. One day I ran into him at Home Depot. He was very passionate when he told me that Home Depot was his favorite place! I will miss the noise of the hammer and whatever tools he worked with on his many projects! He most recently told me over the wall that he was pretty good fixing things and would be glad to help me if needed. RIP, Bill. I hope someone rescued your pup from the pound.

Warene Taylor

August 2, 2020

I am Bill's backdoor neighbor. I know he suffered from mental illness and I am sad for his untimely death. One day I ran in to him at Home Depot when he told me that was his favorite store! I will miss the sound of hammering, etc while he worked on his projects. I hope someone rescued his pup from the pound. RIP.

Merrill Stewart

August 2, 2020


You were dealt a tough hand of cards when you were in your late 20s and yet you did the best you could to make the world a bit brighter and our lives richer. I just wish I could have done more for you. You were loved by all of your cousins and your family and we will miss all of the phone calls and the text you sent to many.

With love, Cousin Merrill.

Steven Weaver

August 1, 2020

Bill was a kind soul. We will miss him.
My name is Steve Weaver and we have had the privilege to give him our lawn service where we always look forward to seeing him each time we came to his home. He would ask how are we doing and tell us he was so glad to see us. Kevin and myself miss you already Mr Bill. Our heartfelt condolences to his family.

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