Bill L. Crone

August 6, 1927January 24, 2013
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CRONE, BILL L., age 85, of Vestavia Hills, Alabama, passed away Thursday morning, January 24, 2013. He was born August 6, 1927 in Eastland, Texas to Lula and Carl Crone. Bill, a 1944 Eastland High School graduate, served in the Pacific Theater with the U.S. Navy during WWII before earning academic degrees from Texas A&M University and later Harvard University School of Business. His engineering career began in 1950 with a chemical processing company in Texas. He served in various leadership roles with companies in The Lone Star State, Oklahoma, and Kansas before moving to Birmingham, Alabama in 1975 to work for Vulcan Chemicals. He retired from Vulcan in 1991 as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He was a long-time member of The Club in Birmingham. Bill was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, the former Margaret Hipp. Survivors include his wife of 25 years, the former Peggy Greene Gilmore; children, William Randolph "Randy" Crone, Gary Phillip "Phil" Crone, Deborah "Kathleen" Crone Stahl (Jim), and Sherri Broussard (Bruce); and six grandchildren, Kaytlend Crone, Corey Crone, Sierra Crone, Jessica Stahl, Kaitlen Stahl, and James Stahl. The family will visit with friends from 2-3 p.m. on Monday, January 28, 2013 at Ridout's Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Pelham, Alabama. The private funeral service will follow in Southern Heritage Cemetery, Pelham. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692.


  • Visitation Monday, January 28, 2013

Bill L. Crone

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February 19, 2013

Phil You certainly were Blessed with an extraordinary father. May he be a beacon for your wonderful memories of him and his love be a comfort to you always.
Chris Fox

January 29, 2013

We will miss our wonderful neighbor. Elaine and Milford Williams

Karen and Steve Odle

January 29, 2013

Peggy, so sorry to hear about Bill. Steve and I pray that your memories will sustain you. We are thinking of you.

Judy Glass

January 29, 2013

ou in my thoughts and prayers.

Diane von Gerichten

January 28, 2013

Dear Peggy and Crone Families, especially Kathleen, Randy and Phil;
so sorry for your loss. I hope you will be comforted by happy memories and the love and support of friends and family during this sad time. You will all be lifted up in prayer.

January 28, 2013

Peggy, Know that we here in Livingston are thinking of you in the loss of Bill. Love to you, Sherri and Bruce. Mary Helen and Candace.

Carl Segraves

January 28, 2013

Mrs. Crone and Family:

Thanks to Leon Johnston, I heard of Bill's passing. I just wanted to say that Bill was a great person and I enjoyed his friendship. He was a true leader and I will miss him. We enjoyed a business relationship that I will always remember. Please know that he had friends from all corners of the globe! God Bless you and your family,

Helen Beard

January 28, 2013

Peggy, We are thinking of you during this difficult time and praying that God will give you and your family strength. Hold your memories tight! We love you! Helen and Tom

Charles Williams

January 28, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Karen Clements

January 28, 2013

My deepest condolences on the loss of your husband, your father, family and friends.