William J. Featherstone

November 24, 1946November 16, 2020

William J. Featherstone, 73, of Oneonta, originally of Ronkonkoma, died on Monday, November 17, 2020 at Cooperstown Center Rehab, Cooperstown.

He was born on November 24, 1946 in Ozone Park, the son of William J and Clare (Powers) Featherstone Sr.

Bill graduated from Smithtown High School and went on to serve his country in the US Army. He was employed as a Systems Technician for AT&T in Islip.

He was a faithful member of Smithtown Gospel Tabernacle Church, serving in multiple roles in both the church and Christian school.

Bill was an avid bible reader and enjoyed driving trips, especially to the ocean or mountains. He also enjoyed watching football and Hallmark Christmas movies.

Bill was a faithful and loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, and friend. He loved and served Jesus with all of his heart and was a man of strength, courage, and spiritual wisdom. A beautiful example of character and perseverance to us all.

He is survived by his children, Lisa Barbieri of Olney, MD, Dawn Gardner of Oneonta, Bill Featherstone of Oneonta, and Jeffrey Featherstone of Baltimore, MD; his grandchildren, Lyndsay, Bill, Caitlyn, Melanie, Lina, Jeffrey, Ayden, Kristin, Sean, and Stephen; his great granddaughter, Daisy; his sister, Terry Migliorino of Oneonta; his niece, Debbie Sohl of Oneonta; and his nephew, Robert Ferraro of Baltimore, MD.

He was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Patricia, his father William, his mother Clare, and his sister Elizabeth.

Friends are invited to greet the family on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand Street, Oneonta from 3 to 5pm.

Burial with military honors will take place on Friday, November 20, 2020 in Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton.

Contributions in Bill’s honor may be made to Smithtown Gospel Tabernacle, 1 Higbie Dr., Smithtown, NY 11787.

Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.



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Marie and Thomas Hegeman

November 18, 2020

Oh, Bill, we are so sorry. We only knew your dad through the stories you shared, and now reading the stories shared by people who loved him. He sounded like a truly remarkable man.

We pray that your lifetime of memories will help ease the pain you and your family feel today.


Marie and Tom

Melanie Gardner

November 17, 2020

My grandpa was a funny and loving man. He liked to laugh and joke around with his friends and loved ones. He loved us all very much and now he's resting in peace with his beloved wife, Patricia.

Philip Perdie

November 17, 2020

To Lisa ,Bill,Dawn,and Jeff. My condolences to you. Your father will always have a place in my heart. We grew up together at the church, from the first time we met. It was always Bill and Phil in all things we were involved with , from mens fellowship, to our Saturday prayer group, and ushering, and mens retreats. We always made each other laugh, and he always kept me in check. I know he is where he wants to be, with your mom, and the Lord. I will miss him dearly, but hopefully one day we will laugh again. I won't make it to the service , but my prayers for you will be there.
My cherished thoughts. Phil

John Monteiro

November 17, 2020

Dear Lisa, William, Dawn and Jeffrey: I am privileged to have called your dad my friend and mentor but most of all my brother. Having known him for almost 40 years I have many fond memories of serving together on the church board, enjoying fellowship on many retreats, and countless times of prayer together for each other's needs. I am ever the richer for having had Bill Featherstone in my life. He was quick to help, quick to offer prayer and counsel, and even a swift kick when I needed it. He would never just give you his opinion - he would tell you what the Word of God had to say about something. He has gone to his reward. He fought the Good fight. He is in the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, our blessed hope. He showed me how to be a Christian man, husband and father. I pray that you all follow in the legacy he leaves, a life lived for God.


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