Bill was a proud resident of Rutledge, Georgia. He moved with his wife Dorothy Spann, to a home in Rutledge in 1996. He immediately fell in love with his new community and achieved the highlight of his life in 1999 when he was elected Mayor of Rutledge. After his second term as Mayor ended in 2004, he continued to serve Rutledge as a member of the City Council. Many friends continued to call him “Mr. Mayor” throughout his life. Bill was born March 30, 1930 in Norfolk, Virginia where he also spent his youth. In 1948 he joined the Air Force, beginning a diverse and successful military career of 20 years. His span of work in the Air Force included work on the B52H Bomber jet, work on missile silos, and was also stationed in Japan for a few years. After retiring from the Air Force in 1968 he worked for NASA until the end of the Apollo space program. This included the Apollo 11 mission that successfully landed the first man on the moon. He then had a prolific career at Western Electric/AT&T until his retirement in 1995. Later in life Bill became known by many names including; Mr. Bill, Mr. Mayor, and his family often affectionately called him Popsi.
With his first wife Delores Spann, Bill had four children Debbie Spann, Bill Spann, Tony Spann, and David Spann. All of who became very successful in their own right. Bill is survived by his wife Dorothy Spann of Rutledge, his daughter Debbie Spann of Greensboro, his son David Spann of Decatur, his step-son Mitchell Snary of Marina del Rey, California, and his daughter-in-law Connie Spann of Monroe. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Brandi Spann Mayo and her husband David Mayo of Greensboro, Sunni Spann of Monroe, Ryan Spann of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, Dayton Spann of Vail, Colorado, and Kaden Spann of Decatur. He also has two great grandchildren, Levi Mayo, and Lucy Mayo of Greensboro. He credited his experience in the military for developing his strong moral character and great work ethic. He became known for these traits during his tenure as Mayor. For anyone wishing to honor the life of Bill, there will be a Memorial Service on January 16, 2016 at 2 p.m. at A. E. Carter Funeral Home in Madison. In lieu of flowers, friends of Bill can donate to The Wounded Warrior Project in his memory via http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org. • Click on “Donate Now” button • Click on “gift in memory or honor of” • Donate any amount of money that you would like. • Fill out “In Memory of” William C Spann III • “Send Acknowledgement of My Donation to (first last name):” Dorothy Spann 548 Cherokee Circle Rutledge, Ga, 30663