William M. "Bill" Stokes Jr.
January 6, 1925 - May 10, 2020
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On the morning of Sunday, May 10, 2020, William M. Stokes, Jr. (Bill) passed away at the age of 95.  A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. at Trinity United Methodist Church, under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Bill was born to William and Ada…

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Nathan McConnell left a message on July 10, 2020:
Bill was a champion for the students he welcomed into Wesley. From the jocks to the nerds and the Deb's to the average Joe's he let you know there was a place for you at the table.
Dr. Anthony Jurkus left a message on May 19, 2020:
I knew Bill through occasional meetings on the Tech campus. He struck me as being outgoing, kind, generous and affable. When I ran across him at the nursing home, while visiting recently, he was eager to get home to take care of his pet. He was one of God's quiet good men and a true servant. My condolences to his loved ones, Tony Jurkus
Jane B. Shell left a message on May 18, 2020:
201 Audubon Drive Our dear sweet "back door" neighbor, you will be missed. You will always be in our cherished memories and thoughts.
Morris Inabnet left a message on May 16, 2020:
I am one of hundreds at Louisiana Tech Wesley foundation that were influenced positively by Bill Stokes in the 1980s. Most would agree with me that Bill was “one-of-a-kind“… In a very positive way. Bill allowed God to use him just the way he was made and was perceived as genuine and his love for college students and their spiritual growth. I met my wife, and more, at Wesley foundation, and it was bill who helped “a little” to help our relationship go along and now we’ve been married over 30 years. Thank you bill for all of your love and lifelong gift of your life to all of us at Louisiana Tech. I met my wife, Ann Moore, at Wesley foundation, and it was Bill who Counseled me along the Way and my student pilgrimage . Thank you Bill, for all of your love and gift of your life to all of us at Louisiana Tech. We love you and will miss you. Morris & Ann Inabnet
Terry Ciechomski left a message on May 14, 2020:
Bill simply WAS La. Tech Wesley Foundation during his tenure there. Freshman year of college can be lonely, disorienting, and even scary. Bill’s warm welcome when one walked through through the door, and his ability to “match make” friendships went a long way in relieving those anxieties. I know they did for me. By far, the largest number of my life long friendships were forged at Wesley. Bill, I know that you stored your treasures in heaven and are enjoying them now. However, I also know how much you treasured your Wesley “kids.” You had quite the positive impact on them. You made us, and therefore the world, better. Not many people can claim that. All that you were and all that you had, you gave to God, and to His service.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Diane Martin left a message on May 14, 2020:
Bill was truly one of a kind, with such a gift for making everyone feel known and loved. He created a cherished 'home away from home' at the Tech Wesley Foundation. I am so thankful for Bill and his ministry; he will be missed.
Diane Martin left a message on May 14, 2020:
Bill was truly one of a kind, with such a gift for making everyone feel known and loved. He created a cherished 'home away from home' at the Tech Wesley Foundation. I am so thankful for Bill and his ministry; he will be missed.
Carrie Duncan Auger left a message on May 14, 2020:
To say Bro. Bill Stokes will be missed is an understatement. He was so much more than a great person and pastor, he was family. Always a smile and a great big hug whenever I saw him. Heaven has gained an extraordinary angel. Rest In Peace, Carrie Duncan Auger
Carrie Duncan Auger left a message on May 14, 2020:
To say Bro. Bill Stokes will be missed is an understatement. He was so much more than a great person and pastor, he was family. Always a smile and a great big hug whenever I saw him. Heaven has gained an extraordinary angel. Rest In Peace, Carrie Duncan Auger
Dr. David Hodges left a message on May 14, 2020:
I'll never forget how welcoming Bill was when we came to Ruston in 1991; he put us in touch with Pat Love to help us purchase the house we've lived in ever since. His wonderful smile, gentle heart and charming drawl will always be in our hearts.
TOM BAKER left a message on May 13, 2020:
Fond memories of our relationship of friendship and LaTech/ULM rivalry over the past 30 years.....may GOD save you a front row seat to greet all those that you knew that are welcomed into Heaven.
William F Duncan Jr left a message on May 13, 2020:
What a gift to be able to scorn someone and uplift them at the same time. My parents are Tech Alumni and I have been around this complete gentleman my entire life. He was a great family friend and someone who did not have to demand respect, he commanded it. He loved and impacted so many people. Respectfully, William
Rhonda Marionneaux Bellairs left a message on May 13, 2020:
Bill played a role in so many of my fondest memories of La Tech. From his initial greeting at Wesley Foundation (my first few weeks on campus), his constant not-so-subtle matchmaking, to coaching me for the Miss Tech pageant, and then his sweet communication long after graduation - he was always one of my loves! I can still hear his greeting - he made “Rhonda” sound like it had 12 syllables with his sweet Southern drawl. What a man! What a memory! 💕 If anyone gets to Heaven without a significant other - ‘Lookout!’ Bill will be have someone he wants you to meet!
Geri G. Taylor left a message on May 13, 2020:
What a wonderful life! He was loved by so many! I am so sad that he died at such time in our country that we cannot all get together and celebrate his life because he brought so many people together! Thank you, Bill, for all the joyful moments!
Rev.Glynn Ferguson left a message on May 13, 2020:
Bill was an outstanding person. His love for the Lord and for people made him a shinning example of what a Christian should be. His impact on my own life has been immeasurable.
Warren Post left a message on May 12, 2020:
RIP dear friend.
Rick Griswold left a message on May 12, 2020:
Rest In Peace, Bill. You meant a lot to me and my wife Kathryn. Yours was a life well lived!
Linda King Hogan left a message on May 12, 2020:
In memory of William M. "Bill" Stokes Jr., Linda King Hogan lit a candle
Debbie Varnado left a message on May 12, 2020:
Bless you dear Bill! You were such a large part of my life...you will always have a special place in my heart. RIP. Now you and your Mom are back together.
Bridget Anderson left a message on May 12, 2020:
Although I just recently met Mr. Bill, he sure has made an impact on my life. I loved learning about all of the accomplishments he’s made in life and look at his beautiful paintings he had on his wall (all while he was eating his lemon cake of course). It was an honor to meet and get to know him over these past few months.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Eileen Chavez left a message on May 12, 2020:
GWTW, You are loved and missed. We are all much better having known you and been loved by you.
Shelia Anderson left a message on May 12, 2020:
Bill was such a blessing to so many students like myself who passed through LA Tech and Wesley Foundation. A true angel whose gift in life was blessing many students. Such wonderful memories of time spent leading vespers or simply having breakfast or lunch, always with great conversation. Thank you for the influence and for serving others!
Molly Story left a message on May 12, 2020:
In memory of William M. "Bill" Stokes Jr., Molly Story lit a candle
Glenda Fuller left a message on May 12, 2020:
Bill was the Director of the Wesley Foundation at La Tech when I was a student. Because of him, I became every active. I enjoyed the fellowship we had there. After graduation. whenever I saw Bill, he greeted me and always called me by my name. He was a giving man of his time, whenever he was needed. He will be missed.
Kilpatrick Funeral Homes left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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