William Evan (Bill) Stiner, 67, of Fairlawn, Virginia, died in his home surrounded by loving family and friends on October 21, 2009. He was born January 9, 1942 in “The Last Best Place”, Big Sky, Townsend, Montana. His soul, heart, and mind, therefore, were always tied to mountains and natural beauty.
He died in the mature mountains of beautiful Southwest Virginia, completing the metaphor of life. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ann Marie Stiner, and William Prosser Stiner, a sister, Carol Ann Mason, and his first wife, Deloris Catherine Thulin Stiner.Bill was a member of First United Methodist Church in Pulaski. He had many careers throughout his life; military, counselor and hospital administrator. However, it was in the New River Valley he found his true calling — teaching psychology at New River Community College for the past four years. He deeply cared for his students. Many a night, he could be found at his computer trying to track down one of his students to encourage them to turn in a project because he truly wanted them to succeed.
He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 25 years, Linda Sayers Stiner; daughter and son-in-law, Seanna and Chad Carter of South Korea and daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Chip Coman of Chelsea, Alabama; son and daughter-in-law, Evan and Kristen Stiner of Beaufort, South Carolina; step-daughter, Shannon Bruce of Fairlawn; step-son Robert Bruce and his wife Gretchen of Austin, Texas; brother and sister-in-law Dana and Barbara Stiner of Bellingham, Washington; sister and brother-in-law, Mary Jay and Steve Kitt of Albuquerque, New Mexico; brothers-in-law Dennis Sayers and wife Anne of Fairlawn and Maynard Sayers and wife Sharon of Dublin; his special mother-in-law who loved to cook for him, Ruth James of Fairlawn; seven grandchildren who loved their Papa; numerous nieces and nephews; and very dear friends, Sam and Pam Feazell of Southlake, Texas and dear friend and surgeon, Stuart Goldstein of Fairlawn. Before his death, Bill said, “If wealth is measured by friends, I will die rich beyond my ability to imagine.”
A prayer service will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 25, 2009 at the Family Life Center of First United Methodist Church, Pulaski, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of William E. Stiner to the New River Community College Education Foundation, Box 1127, Dublin, Virginia, 24084. The Stiner family is in the care of Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory in Radford. (www.mullinsfuneralhome.com)