William James Rennie was born on January 23, 1942 in New York City, NY. His father William Rennie, mother Cecilia Elizabeth (Ramelli) Campbell and step father Joseph J. Campbell preceded him in death. He attended and graduated from NYC grammar and high schools. After serving two years in the U.S. Army, he was employed and retired after 45 years in 2015 from Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). He was an active member of Local 498 Pipe and Steamfitters Union. Many knew him as “Bill” or “Yank.” His grandchildren affectionately called him “Poppy” and he loved them dearly and they were his pride and joy. He was an avid Yankee and Giants fan, and was known for his love of baseball and football. He had several quirky sayings, one being his favorite “I’m glad you got to see me.” Mr. Rennie passed away August 15, 2018 at Lincoln County Hospital following an acute illness. He was a member of Fayetteville First Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Mary Lee O’Neal Rennie; sons William “Billy” James (Christine) Rennie of College Point, NY and Raymond David Rennie of Huntsville, AL; daughters Tracey (Dean) LaGrand of Springfield, VA, Amanda Land Hazelbaker (fiance Chris Pigg) of Fayetteville, TN grandchildren Willie, Carly Mary Helen and Luke Rennie of NY, Kyle of GA and Austin Rennie of MS, Makayla LaGrand of VA, Jarrett Hazelbaker, Luke and Anna Pigg of TN; brother Robert Rennie of Queens, NY; sisters Margaret “Madge” (Tony) DiPippo of New York, NY and Joan Campbell of Danbury, CT; nieces Joann G. DiPippo Li (Eugene) of Westchester, NY, Keela O’Neal Warren of Harvest, AL; nephews Michael DiPippo of Queens, NY, Timothy M. (Tracey) O’Neal of Conyers, GA, also preceded in death nephew Anthony DiPippo of New York, NY.
Other loved ones he always considered family Teka Rennie and Ben Hazelbaker and his best friends Mike Petty and Ralph Whitehead.
Visitation and services were held August 19, 2018 at Higgins Funeral Home. Mr. Rennie was laid to rest at Higgins Cedar Hills Memorial Gardens. “We will always carry your memory in our hearts.”