William "Bill" Soerries

September 24, 1937March 5, 2013

Columbus has lost a community icon.

William A. "Bill" Soerries passed away Tuesday morning, March 5th. He will be missed by many. Let it be known, he fought the good fight.

Born September 24th, 1937 to Kaspar and Hilda Soerries, he is preceded in death by both of his parents and his son Billy.

Born in Werl, Westfallen, Germany, he is survived by his younger brothers Herbie and Klaus, and their wives Christine and Liesel.

He is also survived by his wife, partner and best friend Duk Soon Duncan Soerries. She will miss him greatly and is grateful for all the wonderful years they had together. His children, Pattie, Kim, Ed, Tanya, John, Tony and Elizabeth wish to thank God for allowing them the opportunity to know this great man. He will be missed by his grandchildren, Melissa, Heather, Stephen, Alexis, Joshua, Aidan, Robert William, Joseph, Michael, Zackary, and Grace and their spouses Brenna, Mel, John, and Kristen. He leaves four great grandchildren in Christopher, Anthony, Hayden and Leo.

In the mines of Germany, as a young man, he began his apprenticeship as an electrician. He learned the trade well and earned his title of Mine Electrician in 1955.

Bill came to America in the 1950's with his uncle and lived in Ohio until he was drafted into the United States Army by President John F. Kennedy in 1961. He was a great soldier and served his country well.

The army brought him to Columbus, Georgia.

In 1963, he became part owner of Chickasaw Supper Club, eventually becoming sole proprietor. Through his innovations in the nightclub industry such as mechanical bull riding, bringing in live national entertainment acts (such as The Drifters, JoJo Benson, Tiny Tim, Lou Diamond Phillips, and The Chippendales), and creating the world famous "Bare as You Dare" Contest, he took a small private dinner club and turned it into The World Famous Chickasaw, which was the longest continuously running nightclub in the country until it's closing in 1999. He owned The Choctaw Grill on Macon Road and The Sportspage on Veteran's Parkway. Throughout the

years, he touched many lives and made many friends.

As a self-professed "Bromeliad Addict", he won many awards, discovered, classified, and hybridized many species, and was a well-respected member of the Bromeliad Society. A fellow member of The Society, in Bill's honor, even named one species of Bromeliad after his beloved wife, Duk Soon.

Among other things, Bill was a conqueror of tasks, a believer in man, a savior to some and an inspiration to many.

The service to honor and celebrate his life will be held at Striffler-Hamby on Macon Road on Monday, March 11th at 5pm with a reception for friends and family directly following at The Sportspage on Veteran's Parkway. The master of ceremonies for the event will be longtime friend and radio personality Bear O'Brien. All are invited to attend and celebrate.

Bill's family is thankful to all for your well wishes, your generosity and your prayers. We are accepting flowers for the service and donations to The Columbus Botanical Gardens in Bill's honor.

Please visit to sign the online guest register. Bill's family and friends are grateful to God for sharing this wonderful soul with them.

Thank you to God for welcoming him back into His house.


  • Celebration of Life Monday, March 11, 2013

William "Bill" Soerries

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March 5, 2014

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends
Mr. Bill Gone but NEVER Forgotten, never on this day ever

Wanda Jerabek

March 4, 2014

You will remain forever in my memories.It was a blessing to have known you.

March 4, 2014

Forever in my thoughts

V DeLong

January 16, 2014

Gone but you will never be forgotten

Wanda Jerabek

January 15, 2014

A wonderfull man.

Pat Hicks

March 19, 2013

Wow-have been out of town on vacation and was saddened to hear of Bill's death. I haven't seen Bill in many years however have thought of him often when tending to the many wonderful plants that he gave me over the years. I have know Bill since the Chickasaw was on Second Avenue and was his general manager for years at the Macon Road location - "back in the good ole' days". He was one of a kind. A special man. I never knew his current wife or family but I do offer them my condolences-they must miss him deeply. I wish I had been in town to participate in the celebration of his life. I learned many life lessons from him - loved his parents and how he cherished and honored them-he did so much with so little-he eventually could do anything-with nothing. I will miss you Bill Soerries.

Bobby Peters

March 17, 2013

Everyone will miss Bill and his wonderful smile and great sense of humor. He worked very hard all his life for his first priority, his beautiful wife and family. My favorite saying is you never die as long as someone remembers you. Bill will never die because we will never forget him. I am sorry I could not attend the service because of my judicial duties. With sympathy, Judge Bobby Peters.

March 14, 2013

I always looked forward to seeing Mr. Soerries come into my office every other month to pay his bill, he would always set down in a chair by my desk and we would talk like we have been knowen each other forever. I will miss his visites and his smile. My heart and prayers go out to his wife and family.
Paula (ADS)

sandy lee kingsland-watson

March 14, 2013

Bill..where did these almost 50 years go? Say hello to our friends for me. RIP Great Friend .Thank you for everything

Dan Yates

March 13, 2013

Learned many a life lesson from Bill since early childhood. I will allways remember them. God bless to your family.