OBITUARY

William Caraway

August 26, 1940May 1, 2021

William Quick Caraway was born August 26, 1940 to Ora Lean (Leake) and Henry Caraway in Wadesboro, North Carolina. He eventually migrated to New York City. William, known to most as “Bill,” was a true Renaissance man who reinvented himself many times over, working in a number of careers that had one goal in common: nobly serving others. A graduate of DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, Bill initially worked as a licensed practical nurse at Metropolitan Hospital in New York City, after graduating from Central School of Nursing. Later, he served in Vietnam from 1966 to 1968 as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, and was honorably discharged as a sergeant. He continued Marine service in the Reserves from 1968 to 1972. Bill later attended Long Island University in New York, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1976. For most of his working years, Bill was a transit police officer in New York City, a job he served proudly for two decades. After retirement from that position, Bill worked in a variety of fields, including serving as a memorial counselor at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, NY; owner of a sneaker store in New Jersey; a sales position at Nobody Beats the Wiz; a trained chef; and as the owner of Jamaican meat patty stand in Florida. In 2003, he became a licensed mortgage broker. Bill was known for his gift of gab, and his ability to engage others in witty conversation. He will be missed by many. An only child, Bill is survived by a daughter, Jennifer Caraway Tomlinson, a son-in-law, Amra Tomlinson, and grandchildren, Alexander and Ava Tomlinson. He is also survived by an aunt, Mildred Johnson, an uncle, Arthur Taylor, and many cousins, including Richard and Phyllis (Booker) McClendon, who lovingly oversaw his care in his final days.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 6, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, May 6, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, May 6, 2021

Memories

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Jimmie Baker

May 5, 2021

Bill was a good friend. I last saw him at the police reunion in New Orleans several years ago. We were both wearing our Matlock seer sucker suits and we got a big laugh out of that. He was the same old Bill. I was supposed to meet him at another coworker-Dirty Harry- funeral but I couldnt make it. But we sometimes talked on the phone. Bill never told me of his illness so I was surprised to learn he was in the hospital then under hospice care. It was like Bill to not share his illness with anyone, even friends. I always remember him as being optimistic about life. To the family of Bill he was a good man and i will miss him very much. Jimmie Baker and Family.

Marily Rust

May 4, 2021

Bill was a big part of my life with Gene Robinson after we moved to Bradenton, Florida in 2005. We were his family for many holidays, reunions and special occasions. I spent many hours listening to stories from their days as Marines and Police Officers for NYTPD. Gene and Bill shared the same birthday, and Gene was like a Big Brother to Bill, even though Bill was older. Gene and Bill talked every day, and Bill sorely missed those conversations after Gene passed. Bill called me his Maven, as I seemed to be able to communicate with him on a level the guys couldn't. Bill liked to cook and so did Gene, so food was always a topic. I last talked to Bill this past Xmas, and he wanted to know, "What would Gene be cooking for Xmas and New Years Day?" We both knew the answer! Chitlins! I miss our times together every day! The stories are endless! With much love and sadness, Marily Rust

Richard Saunders

May 4, 2021

To the Family of William Caraway:

William (aka) Wild Bill and I have been friends for over 30 years. We served together as Police Officers in NYC Transit Police District 4. After retirement in Florida, we spent several years getting together by having brunches. I am truly going to miss him.
Rest in Peace my Friend

Richard A. Saunders

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY