He was born Feb. 1, 1939, in Greenway, Ark., son of James A. and Kathleen J. Haley Linley. He and Shirley J. Cook were married Sept. 30, 1961.
Bill was a revenue agent with the Missouri Department of Revenue, retiring in 2001 after 15 years with the department. He was a council member of the AhNiYvWiYa (Cherokee) Tribe, and his Indian name was Walking Buffalo.
He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1957 to 1961.
Bill had a passion for genealogy and has family records dating back to England. He was a member of Masonic lodges in Kennett and Sikeston, Mo., and Cape Girardeau 40 years, member of Scottish Rite and NRA. He loved fishing and was a member of Bass Masters Fishing Club.
Loving survivors include his wife of 48 years; two daughters, Valarie Gambill of Cape Girardeau, Diane Linley of Jackson; a brother, Jim (Linda) Linley; five grandchildren, Stacey Peters, Jamie Cramner, Blake Farris, Brittany Farris, Erik Gambill; and a great-grandson, Austen Gambill.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.
Interment will be at a later date.
The family suggests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.
Sympathy messages may be sent to the family online at www.mccombsfuneralhome.com.