He was the son of Charles B. and Hazel D. (Allen) Witherspoon of Princeton, Ind., born Dec. 25, 1928. He graduated from Princeton High School, 1947.During his early years and high school years he had several jobs. He spent some time working in a greenhouse, a grocery, a bakery and a garage in Fort Branch, Ind.; "Hog" Uttly's filling station during the war years.He also worked for Mr. Francis Zimmerman at the ice plant in Princeton. He also wiped engines at the railroad round house, and helped on the farm. He worked for Bell Telephone Company before going to Gradwahl. He graduated from Gradwahl Medical Technology School, St. Louis, Mo., 1949. William worked in the laboratory and X-ray departments of Bartholomew County Hospital, 1949 to 1950. He received his Bachelor of Science from Franklin College in 1954, while working as a laboratory technician at Johnson County Hospital, then at Camp Atterbury. He earned his Doctor of Dentistry from IU School of Dentistry in 1958, while working full-time at Methodist Hospital (Blood Bank) in Indianapolis. He was on the Dean's List of honor students during most of his college years. Dr. Witherspoon started a private practice of dentistry in Linton in June 1958. He has been the most successful dentist of the area for many years, until his retirement in 1992. He was the first dentist to have a dental hygienist in Greene County. He was the driving force for clinics for school children, and care of the elderly in nursing homes. He had the first building built for a dental office in Greene County.
Has been very active in the community -- he was a member of the ruling board of the Methodist Church before transferring to the Saron United Church of Christ where he served as an elder. He was a member of the school board for two terms, the Little League board of directors, Linton (Phil Harris) Golf Course board of directors for 20+ years.Also, he was a member of the Linton Rotary Club, he served as president, vice president and secretary treasurer. He served on the Board of Directors at the Citizen's National Bank in Linton for 12 years. He was a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Terre Haute and Switz City Masonic Lodge 676 F & AM since 1970. With all these activities and countless others, he still found time to take the family and their friends water skiing on most warm weather weekends, attended swim meets, football games, and preside at Little League games.
He also managed to get his Instrument Pilot's rating while still practicing dentistry, and took the family on many trips by air. Upon his retirement from dentistry, he became a Certified Flight Instrument Instructor, and has been teaching flying at Shawnee Airport and KenAero at Bloomington. He has had Mooney airplanes since about 1965, and has enjoyed it, both for its utility and pleasure for many years. He also enjoyed golf with friends.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Norma J. Witherspoon, daughters, Nancy E. Seever of Indianapolis, Beth (Todd) Andrews of Fort Worth, Texas, and son, Max A. (Maureen) Witherspoon of Conroe, Texas; seven grandchildren, Sarah (Aaron) Hefty, Abby Andrews, Charles (Sieara) Andrews, Russell (Caitlin) Andrews, Marlo Witherspoon, Max Wm. Witherspoon, Marc Allen Witherspoon and one great-grandson Brackston Hefty.
The family has requested that memorial contribution be made to Saron UCC. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Friends may call the Anderson-Poindexter Memory Chapel in Linton from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 with an Elks Memorial service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue from 9 a.m. until the hour of service Thursday. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 24 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Mike Roth officiating. Interment will follow at the Fairview Cemetery in Linton with Masonic graveside services.
The Witherspoon family has entrusted these arrangements with Anderson-Poindexter Memory Chapel, Linton. On-line condolences may be sent to the family at www.andersonpoindexter.com .