William "Bill" Costner Sr.

November 17, 1924February 21, 2014

Julian-William Carl Costner Sr. passed away on February 21, 2014 at Moses Cone Hospital. He is now reunited with his wife of sixty-two years, Levada Johnson Costner and his son William Carl Costner Jr. A graveside service will be held Monday, February 24, at 2 PM at Westminster Gardens. The family will receive friends this evening from 6 to 8 PM at Hanes-Lineberry N. Elm Chapel.

“Bill” as he was called by all who knew him was born and raised in Greensboro, the son of the late Dock C. and Mary Harrell Costner Sr. He was a Gunner’s Mate in the US Navy during World War II and served in the American-European and Pacific-Asiatic Theatres. After being honorably discharged in November, 1945, Bill entered the elevator industry as a construction helper. After many years as an elevator mechanic, adjuster and maintenance man he accepted an elective office to become the first full-time Business Representative and Financial Secretary and Treasurer of Local No. 80 of the International Union of Elevator Constructors. After serving these positions for two terms, Bill resigned and took a position with the NC Department of Labor as an elevator inspector and retired in 1988. He was a 32 degree Mason of Revolution Lodge No. 552 and was a Shriner of the Oasis Temple for many years. He will be remembered by his family as a hardworking, straight forward and loving man.

He is survived by his children, Donald Wayne Costner and Mary Ruth Costner Turner; seven grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers Bill requested memorial contributions be made to Masonic Home for Children, 600 College Street, Oxford, NC 27565. Online condolences may be made at



  • Visitation Sunday, February 23, 2014
  • Graveside Service Monday, February 24, 2014


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William "Bill" Costner Sr.

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John Foley

February 26, 2014

Keeping your family in my prayers. God Bless.

Wayne Costner Jr

February 25, 2014

"You will all ways be missed. And yes he very to the point and logical. He did not always show a sence of humor so when he did it was priceless. I will always remember the talk I had with him". Love Always..

February 23, 2014

Uncle Bill had the most amazing voice, and he was an amazing story teller, I loved just listening to him talk.

Patricia Woolensack (Kempner, TX)

Amanda Phipps Levens

February 23, 2014

Bill was a true man always willing to stop and check on my grandmother, Naomi Brown, and help her out whether it was to bring her a gallon of milk or help her do something around her house. She enjoyed many conversations on what would have been a lonesome afternoon with Mr. Bill (as she called him).

Steve Turner

February 23, 2014

I will forever miss my grandad.
He was my real life John Wayne.
He was short ,to the point & a total representation of honor & integrity .
A Real Man. One like many in my generation likely have never had the privelage to know. He made me a better person in many ways. I will always be appreciative for having him in my life .
Love you Grand-dad , Thank You for all the laughs & lessons , Hardrock.

Zoey Watson

February 23, 2014

I love my grandfather a lot. He will always be missed. He was on tough cookie. A very smart and witty man. This is one day I will treasure all my time I was with him.