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Billy Rhea Story

May 4, 1939July 29, 2019

On Monday, July 29, 2019, Billy Rhea Story, loving husband and father, passed away at the age of 80. Bill was born on May 4, 1939, in Hollis, Oklahoma.

On December 30, 1961, he married Nellie Dianna Gomez, and they raised two sons, Billy Rhea Jr. (Jenifer) Story of Niles, OH and Brian (Amanda) Story of Tuscaloosa, AL. He was a loving and supportive grandpa to Cheyenne, Ashley, Parker, Brock and step-grandpa to Eddie.

Bill spent his career working for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Bill’s career was highlighted with being Warden at FCI Ashland, Kentucky, for more than ten years. He was then appointed as Warden to activate ADX Florence in 1994, the highest security federal prison known as “Alcatraz of the Rockies.” It was common for Bill to credit his career to his staff, saying, “You are only as good as the people that surround you.” Throughout his life, Bill considered the staff in Ashland and Florence his extended family and was very proud of them. Bill spent time fishing, golfing, watching Oklahoma Sooners football, and eating Nellie’s cooking. He also enjoyed talking to his brother David (Jan) Story, as well as his family in New Mexico. He will miss all of his friends and kind staff at The Suites, CHS.

A Celebration of Life will be at Annunciation of the Lord Catholic Church in Decatur, Alabama. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial donations be made to Buckeye Hospice 810 Boardman-Canfield Rd., Youngstown, OH 44512.

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August 7, 2019

Dearest Story Family,

We wanted to share with you how very special your parents were to our family. We lived across the street from your folks in Canon City, Colorado. While living by them, Harvey and I were honored to work with Bill, we had two more sons, 9/11 happened, Nellie was diagnosed with her heart issue, Bill and Nellie became "official" grandparents, and most all during that time a friendship blossomed into an extended family that we have cherished. The miles between us could not keep Bill and Nellie out of our hearts.

Two quick stories about your parents. First, Bill always called our kids the Rugrats; it was in reference to the show that was very popular at the time. We visited Bill and Nellie often and Bill soon became "Mr. Wilson" from "Dennis the Menace". The boys adored both of your parents and very much enjoyed the fun exchanges with Bill. Second, your parents were there for me and the boys during 9/11. Harvey was out of town during that time and the first place I went was to Bill and Nellie for comfort and guidance. They were my rock - on more than one occasion.

Last - your mom confided in me about you boys, I thought of her very motherly and I know I don't have to tell you, but she adored you both and could not have been prouder of your choices in life!

God's Blessings and Our Love to you All - Harvey and Becky Church, Jake, Luke and Nic (aka The Rugrats)

Clarence Walker

August 4, 2019

The two greatest men that I ever knew was my father Clarence Walker Sr and Bill Story. They both had a lot in creating my self. Both I will miss

Bryan Tarnaski

August 4, 2019

I first met Warden Story standing out in front of the ADX. I was on my house hunting trip coming from FCI Milan MI. As I walked up to the institution he immediately greeted me and gave me a firm handshake. He introduced himself as "Bill" and we struck up a conversation about fishing. I asked him in a roundabout way what did he do here; he replied, "Oh I'm the Warden". I said, seriously?? I was at the ADX for 19 years; they broke the mold after he retired!! RIP BOSS!!

Jack & Connie Davis

August 3, 2019

Bill Story as others will state was a great Warden but more than that was genuine good man that always seen the best in others. I use to tell him Bill you must have a photographic memory as he never forgot a name of a staff member knew spouses names and most of their kids. Nellie and Bill were the happiest couple I ever met now they’re life together will continue in heaven.

Richard Derr

August 3, 2019

This is one incredible man. He met my family and myself on a house hunting trip to activate the ADX. I saw him when I arrived at the joint a couple months later and he called me by my first name and asked how the family was. He also promoted me to case manager at the ADX. I will never forget everything he did for me and his ability to make you feel like his son. He is truly a genuine and caring soul. He will be missed and my heart is heavy with his passing. God bless you, Warden Story.

Dave Barada

August 3, 2019

I will always have good memories of Warden Story. He always carried himself with integrity. He was a strong leader with good character and honor. I was proud to have served under him at FCI Ashland for those 10 years! My sincere condolences to all the family....RIP Warden Story.

Margaret Miller

August 3, 2019

I had the pleasure of being Warden Story's temporary secretary when he first came to Florence. I was the warden's secretary at the USP and he joined us in our temporary offices upon his arrival. Such a nice man. Always very encouraging to everyone. Those who got to work for him were very fortunate.

Darrell Legg

August 3, 2019

Mr. Story was one of a kind! He was without a doubt one of the most sincere, thoughtful, and straightforward wardens I worked for. He was a leader and one to emulate. I am sure he and Nellie are walking together in heaven.

Mike Smith

August 3, 2019

Like so many others, my personal and professional life was changed forever from working for Mr. Story in Ashland, Kentucky. He was such a good man and everyone who ever crossed paths with him will always remember what a kind and warm spirited person he was. He was a great Warden and his memory will live on for all those like me who benefited from knowing him. There is no doubt he has already hugged many who went before him.

Patty Lyde

August 3, 2019

Mr. Story was my first warden when I started the BOP at FCI Ashland. I had the honor of working with him also at FCC Florence. He always greeted you when he saw you and had a great sense of humor. He definitely set the bar on what a warden should be. He was a legend. Rest in peace Mr. Story.