George B. “Bill” Cress was born May 6, 1934 and died peacefully April 22, 2020. His parents, Carl D. Cress, Sr. and Laura Smith Cress preceded him in death as did his brothers, Carl D. Cress, Jr. and Cecil K. Cress, his sister, Gwendolyn C. Tibbs, and his niece, Cheryl C. Sayre.
Bill is survived by his wife of almost 63 years, Nancy Jones Cress, and the following children: William F. Cress and his wife Sandra of Yorktown, Beverly C. Reid and her husband Bruce of Concord, David B. Cress, Elizabeth C. Schrader and her husband George, all of Lynchburg. Besides being a loving father who spent time with his children, he was a beloved grandfather to Eric Schrader, Blair Schrader Kerr and her husband Ryan, Brett and Devin Cress, Kierstin, Ashton and Marina Reid, Chris Schrader, Christina Crocker, Allen Crocker and his wife Paige, and an increasing number of great – grandchildren. He enjoyed keeping in touch with his nephews and nieces, cousins and friends and looked forward to sharing family celebrations with his brother-in-law, Charles F. Jones and his wife Nancy, and their family.
Bill was a graduate of E.C. Glass High School and Lynchburg College. He served in the U.S. Navy and worked for many years in brick sales. He also owned and operated Movies-To-Go and Your Video Place.
An active member of Quaker Memorial Presbyterian Church, he was an elder, Sunday School teacher and served in many other capacities through the years.
His family, his friends and his faith were most important to him. He enjoyed volunteering for Meals on Wheels, Gleaning for the World and in discharge at Lynchburg General Hospital for twenty-one years.
Bill always enjoyed vacations at the beach, playing tennis and other sports with his friends and his children. Some of his happiest memories throughout his life were times spent at Timberlake, most recently with his grand-dog, Murphy.
A Celebration of Bill’s Life will be held at a later date. Those wishing to give to a memorial contribution, please consider Quaker Memorial Presbyterian Church, 5810 Fort Ave., Lynchburg, VA 24502 or New Concord Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 986, Concord, VA 24538 or a charity of your choice.
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