|Also Known As:||"Pine Knot"|
|Birthplace:||Fort Payne, DeKalb, Alabama, United States|
|Death:||Died in Cleveland, White, Georgia, United States|
|Occupation:||Owner Rector Lumber Company|
|Managed by:||Private User|
About Bill Rector
He was widely known for his wit, his storytelling and his philosophies on life. His self-published book Pine Knot's Fun Camping Book showcased his camping experiences and wit.
Charles William "Bill" Rector, 75, known to many as "Pine Knot," passed away Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007, at the Elizabeth House. He was the son of the late Rev. Charles Wesley Rector and Lois O. Tomlin Rector. He was born in Ft. Payne, DeKalb County, Ala., on Aug. 8, 1932. He moved around a lot in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee as a young man but ended up settling and spending much of his adult life in Leesburg, Fla. At the time of his death, he was a resident of Cleveland, Ga. He was of the Baptist faith. He loved the Lord very much and was ready to go and be with Him. He worked for Gold Kist Cooperative for several years, then was in the building and lumber business most of his working life. He was the owner of Rector Lumber Company in Fruitland Park, Fla. After retirement, he traveled extensively. He also served as a full-time volunteer and worked as security and campground host with the U.S. Forest Service in the Chattahoochee National Forest in Georgia and the Apalachicola National Forest in Florida. He was widely known for his wit, his storytelling and his philosophies on life. His self-published book Pine Knot's Fun Camping Book showcased his camping experiences and wit. He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Charlie and Vicki Rector of Fruitland Park, Fla; a daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Geoff Beyer of Leesburg, Fla.; grandchildren, Travis Rector, Clay Rector, Leslie Rector Williams, Ashley Beyer and Bryan Beyer; seven great-grandchildren; Ann Johnston Rector, to whom he was formerly married; his partner and caregiver, Martha Clyburn; Mark White and Tom Brooks, to whom he was a mentor; cousins; and the many friends and acquaintances whose lives he touched through the years. He may be gone on his last camping trip to that great campground in the sky, but he will long be remembered on earth by all those who knew and loved him. Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday and will be followed by a brief memorial service at 7:30 p.m. in the Kirby Memorial Chapel at Shuler Funeral Home. Visitation will also be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Barrett Funeral Home in Cleveland, Ga. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, also at Barrett Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the Yonah View Memorial Gardens in Cleveland, Ga. At his request, following the interment, all friends and family are invited to lunch at West's Family Restaurant for a time to rejoice and celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, N.C., 28731 or to the Charles Smithgall Humane Society, PO Box 2090, Cleveland, Ga. 30528. Shuler Funeral Home is in charge of the local arrangements.