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With the Amazing Grace of God, William Hollowell Altemus Sr. “Bill” was called home to heaven on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015.

Once there, he joined his beloved wife, Polly, his mother, father, sister, brother and countless relatives and friends; but most of all, his Savior, Jesus Christ.

Bill was born on Nov. 22, 1919 and raised in Philadelphia, Pa. He met his wife, Polly, while he was stationed at Langley Field, N.N. They made their home in Gloucester.

Bill served our country during WWII by enlisting in the newly formed Army Air Corps and was a member of the Flying 8 group. He, his wife, Polly, and first child, Jean, sacrificed for our country with separation for two years while he served in Europe.

Throughout his life, Bill acquired many talents: artist, sculptor, taxidermist, wood and stone carver, watchmaker, scrimshaw engraver, photographer, writer and Bible scholar.

Left to cherish his memory until they meet again are his four children and their spouses, Jean German (Anthony), Jeraldine “Jerry” Young (Andy), William H. “Buddy” Altemus Jr. (Mary) and John Altemus (Teresa); eight grandchildren, Jeff German, Melanie German, Aaron Young, Rebecca Young, Sarah Comer, William H. Altemus III, Kimberly Beck and Melissia Varnadore; 19 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Bill was a devout witness for Christ and was not ashamed of the Gospel. After his wife died in 2010 he devoted himself to a cross ministry. He made thousands of crosses and shared the Gospel with countless people around the world.

On Saturday, Nov. 28, a “Celebration of Life” was held for Bill at Newington Baptist Church, a reception followed.

Everyone is invited to his graveside inurnment on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 11 a.m. in Rosewell Cemetery, Providence Road, Ordinary, Va.

Memorial contributions may be made to the International Missions Board, P.O. Box 6767, Richmond, Va. 23230.