Joseph William “Bill” Cushing


    Joseph William “Bill” Cushing was born September 22, 1929 to Joseph William “Joe” and Carrie Elizabeth “Betty” (Zachorsky) Cushing and passed away November 16, 2021 at the age of 92 years, 1 month and 24 days.


    Bill was raised on a farm by the Meramec River in Steelville, Missouri and as a boy he helped his parents when they operated the Wildwood Resort on the other side of the Meramec from the farm.  
    He loved music (especially singing), and his work as a Chemical Engineer, and he was especially fond of walking in the woods, birds, nature, and a good sandwich.  
    He attended Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri for a year when he was 16, then decided to enlist in the Army.  He served two years as an I & E Specialist at Kobe Station in Japan and played cornet in the Army band before his honorable discharge in 1948.  
    He returned to Washington University to obtain a BS in Chemical Engineering.  There he met Ann, his wife of 40 years.  They were married in 1951.
    His career in chemicals began with the Carboline Company in St. Louis, Missouri, then they moved to Seattle, Washington in 1961.  
    In 1963 he landed a position with Union Camp Corporation in Savannah, Georgia, where he stayed for 26 years, starting in sales and moving up quickly into management, with responsibility for product development and technical service in the Chemical Division.  
Since he met his wife Ann in the university chorus, they continued to participate in choirs and choruses over the years and music sustained him as one of his final joys late in life.  He and Ann were members of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Savannah, Georgia and later St. John’s Episcopal.  
    He retired in 1989 when his eyesight began to fail but worked two more years at Futura Coatings after moving back to St. Louis, Missouri.  
    After his wife’s death, he reconnected with old friends in Savannah, Georgia and eventually married Jane Tonks in 1992.  Their marriage lasted 20 years.
    Bill and Jane moved to Lanier Village Estates in Gainesville, Georgia in 2004, and enjoyed their last years together there.  
    He and Jane were involved with St. John’s Episcopal Church in Savannah, Georgia and Grace Episcopal Church in Gainesville, Georgia.  
    Arrangements under the direction of the Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory in Buford, Georgia.