Charles William Echols
December 17, 1929 – November 2, 2019
Charles William (Bill) Echols, 89, of Marietta, GA, passed away Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, after a long illness, leaving behind his son Gregg, and many loving friends and relatives. He was a strong, compassionate, dedicated father and husband to his wife, Edna Earl, who passed away in 2014. They were longtime members of the East Cobb Church of Christ, where they had numerous close friends. Mr. and Mrs. Echols were married for 65 years.
Mr. Echols was born in Birmingham, AL on Dec. 17, 1929, and was a member of the Belview Church of Christ before moving with his family to the Atlanta area in 1965. Like his father, he was an employee at US Steel in Birmingham before becoming chief industrial engineer at Atlantic Steel Co. in Atlanta, where he worked for many years before retiring.
He and Edna Earl had a great love of travel, and took many trips throughout the US, the Caribbean and Europe. Mr. Echols also enjoyed golf, water skiing, football and woodworking. After retiring, he often used the latter skill in helping Edna Earl with her numerous arts and crafts projects, including displaying her work at trade shows and festivals, as well as creating impressive works of art for family and friends.
Mr. Echols also served in the US Army during the Korean War. While a student at the University of Alabama, he originally enlisted as a private in the Army National Guard before being called to active duty in the 31st Infantry Division and eventually being honorably discharged as a second lieutenant.
Mr. Echols and his wife shared a deep faith. He was greatly loved by his family and friends, and he returned that love in many ways, with gentleness, humor, determination and loyalty.
Mr. Echols also leaves behind his sister-in-law, Carol Anthony Waggoner, brother-in-law Tom Waggoner, nieces Jill Waggoner Morris and Susan Echols Todd, and nephews Jon Waggoner and Jeff Waggoner. His parents, Nell Taylor Echols and James Harris Echols, preceded him in death.
The family will receive friends at noon on Nov. 7 at the Roswell Funeral Home, with a service at the Roswell Funeral Home at 2 PM. Interment will follow at the Greenlawn Cemetery in Roswell.
- Visitation Thursday, November 7, 2019
- Funeral Service Thursday, November 7, 2019
Charles William Echols
November 11, 2019
Bill Echols with his dear wife Edna were an important part of the life of East Cobb Church of Christ when Galina and I were members there. We were always uplifted by his sharp sense of humor and kind and caring heart. He asked good questions about our mission work in Magadan, Russia.
November 8, 2019
Loved this man and his sweet wife! I will never forget the Kentucky Derby party where Edna Earl won first place for “best hat” (which she made!) and Bill won for first place for best bow tie!
November 7, 2019
"Sgt Major" as Bill was fondly called by Ronny and myself, along with his wife Edna Earl were an inspiration to many. They led by the example of their lives. Full of love, kindness and compassion for others. Their love for the Lord shone brightly in all that they did. I know the Angels are rejoicing to have them both together again.
November 6, 2019
Condolences to Greg and the rest of the family. Bill was a fine man of God and will be sorely missed.
November 6, 2019
Charles was an inspiration to so many who knew him as he was both kind and funny. His loyalty to church and to his late wife, Edna Earl, was an example that was followed by many in our church family.
November 5, 2019
Bill was a very thoughtful, kind, and generous man who shared his love and compassion with all those around him. He adored Edna Earl and they truly inspired all to find solace walking in the light of our Savior Jesus. We will miss him greatly as he enters eternity with our Lord.
Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery
November 3, 2019
The staff of Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery would like to extend our most sincere condolence to the Echols Family. We would like to thank you for entrusting the care of your love one into our hands. Please remember you are not alone and we will always be here for you.