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William H. Pelfrey

August 20, 1930 — March 28, 2017

Mr. William H. "Bill" Pelfrey, Sr., age 86, of Rome, passed away on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in a local hospital.

A son of the late Hoyt and Edith Collins Pelfrey, Bill was born on August 20, 1930, in Bartow County, GA. He graduated from Model High School in 1948 and graduated from ICS Electronics School. Bill spent most of his life in Rome and Floyd County, except 15 years in Brunswick, GA. While there he worked for Hercules Powder Company and Interstate Paper Company. Bill was active in the local youth sports for Glynn County Recreation Department serving as President at Ballard Park. He was an avid Bird Hunter who loved to take a puppy and train it to be a great bird hunting dog.

Bill was a member of the Shannon Lodge #100 F&AM, serving as Worshipful Master in 1960. He was a Master Mason for over 64 years. Bill was a member of the traveling Degree Team that won the Grand Masters Cup in 1957 and 1958, a member of the Royal Arch Chapter #026 and a member of the Rome Council #15. He served as a Trustee for the Model-Johnson Schools Foundation, Inc. Bill was the co-founder of World Hi Fi with his wife, Frances and was President for 41 years of WHP Electronics, Inc.

Bill and his wife of 66 years, Frances Pelfrey, whom he married on May 27, 1950, traveled throughout the 50 states. They also enjoyed going on cruises, especially to Alaska. Bill was active in keeping the Pelfrey Family Reunion an annual event that has gone on for over 60 years.

In addition to his wife, Bill is survived by a son, William H. Pelfrey, Jr. and his wife Teresa, of Rome; grandson, Brian Pelfrey and his wife Jo Anne; granddaughter, Heather Pelfrey Rhodes; great-grandchildren, Braden and Riley Pelfrey and Jamie and Shelby Rhodes; brother, James Pelfrey of Sylacauga, AL. In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Alvin Pelfrey and Donald Pelfrey.

A Celebration of Life for Mr. William H. "Bill" Pelfrey, Sr. will be held on Monday afternoon, April 3, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. in the Carl Sidwell Chapel of the Salmon Funeral Home with Dr. Dale Levan and Rev Robert Skelton officiating.

The family will receive friends on Sunday afternoon, April 2, 2017, from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. in the Salmon Funeral Home.

The staff of Salmon Funeral Home, 2516 New Calhoun Highway, Rome, GA, is honored to serve the family of William H. "Bill" Pelfrey, Sr.

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