WEST COLUMBIA - William H. "Bill" Heckle peacefully passed away on Feb. 24, 2018, at Agape Hospice, Lexington, at the age of 78.

He was born on Oct. 20, 1939, in Greensboro, North Carolina, the second son of Julius H. and Daisy Williams Heckle. He attended Edmunds High School, Sumter, and graduated from high school at Presbyterian Prep School, Maxton, North Carolina. He then attended Presbyterian Jr. College, Maxton, the University of South Carolina and numerous electronics and computer schools in the U.S. Army. After serving for six years in Okinawa, the Philippines and the United States as a computer specialist in Army Intelligence, Bill relocated to West Columbia. For the next 45 years, his positive work ethic, integrity and creativity produced a successful career in accounting and data processing, serving as controller of Burton International, Blood Diagnostics Corp. and as owner of Heckle Business Solutions (development and maintenance of accounting and data processing systems). Along the way, he never allowed business to interfere with his commitment to family, his passion for ham radio, his service as a deacon and financial advisor to Northside Baptist Church, West Columbia, and Gamecock sports. While we are saddened by the earthly death of one we love so dearly, we rejoice in the goodness of the Lord. Bill is probably already attempting to increase the operating speed of heaven's computers!

Bill is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Linda; and daughter, Elizabeth Lee. Also surviving are a brother, Julius "Jay" (Margaret); niece, Kathy Kozma (Chris) and children, Christopher Kozma and Kayce Bragg (Chip), children, "Bubba" and Hunter; nephew, Don and children, Taylor and Logan; nephew, Mark (Ellen); and niece, Kimberlee Keisler (Terry) and children, Cody (Brook), Jacob, Lexi and Graci. Also surviving are his younger brother, Rusty (Cathy) of Sumter; and brother-in-law, Jim Eason (Debbie) and children, Melissa Bell (Matt), Heather Eason and Jonathan Eason.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his parents-in-law, Vernon and Celeta Eason; and nephew, Julius III "Tripp" Heckle.

The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Thompson Funeral Home of Lexington, located at 4620 Augusta Rd. (U.S. 1 between West Columbia and Lexington).

Funeral services will follow the visitation in the chapel of the funeral home. Interment will follow at Woodridge Memorial Park, 138 Corley Mill Road (off U.S. 378, one block west of I-20), Lexington.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Northside Baptist Church Forward Capital Campaign, 4347 Sunset Blvd., Lexington, SC 29072; St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101; or the charity of one's choice.

Family and friends may sign the online guest book at www.thompsonsfuneral.com.