William L. Finney Sr.

Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012 4:00 am

William L. Finney Sr. was called from labor to eternal rest on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at home surrounded by his loved ones.

William was born in Abington, Pa. and lived in Bristol Township before moving to Mount Holly.

Early in his career in corrections, he founded a boxing program at Yardville Youth Correctional Facility, volunteering his time. He retired from the New Jersey Department of Corrections in 1995 as the Assistant Superintendent of Riverfront State Prison.

Bill enjoyed singing gospel music, bowling and traveling around the world. He was a people person who was well respected and loved by all that he came in contact with.

He was an umpire with the Mount Holly Little League Association and was their president for five years.

For four years he served as president of the Continue the Dream Committee sponsored by the Rancocas Valley Clergy Association. In addition, he served for eight years on the Mount Holly Planning Board.

Bill was a member of the Second Baptist Church in Mount Holly, where he formerly served as a trustee and usher. He was active with the Music Ministry, Sunday School Ministry, Bible Study and the Deacon Board.

Bill leaves to cherish his memories his loving and devoted wife of 48 years, Gladys; four sons, Larry, William Jr., Warren and Timothy; one daughter, Sharlene; three sisters, Elizabeth Carter, Bertha Finney and Thelma Johnson; one brother, Leroy Finney Jr.; one uncle, Olin Pitts (Bell); mother-in-law, Rella Coles; and a host of relatives and friends.

A celebration of William Finney Sr.'s life will be held on Sunday, May 20 at Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church, 204 Sunset Rd., Burlington, NJ 08016. The viewing will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. and the funeral service will start at 6 p.m. Interment will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 21 at Lakeview Memorial Park, Rt. 130, Cinnaminson.

Contributions may be sent in memory of William L. Finney Sr. to the Samaritan Hospice, 5 Eves Drive, Suite 300, Marlton, NJ 08053. W. R. Woody Funeral Home,