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American Patriotic 10


William Albert Vermillion

August 19, 1936 ~ October 8, 2018 (age 82)

William Albert Vermillion, (Bill) was born in Brooksville, Kentucky on August 19, 1936 to Clyde and Ruth Vermillion. He lived in Bracken County, Kentucky most of his youth, but moved to Cincinnati, Ohio with his parents who were church planters and ministers. Bill was a feisty child with a tendency for mischief in his early days, so at a young age he entered into the United States Army to serve in the Korean War. After four years and two enlistments in the United States Army, Bill came into civilian life and landed in Toledo, Ohio where his family was currently residing. That is where he met the love of his life, his rock and anchor, Shirley Bollinger. After a short courtship, they were married at Segar Avenue Church of God on August 3, 1957. Together, Bill and Shirley had four children and eventually moved back to his childhood home of Bracken County, Kentucky in 1973. Bill lived the next 29 years in Bracken County until he moved to Hodgenville, Kentucky in 2002.  


Bill was an avid fisherman and spent much time fishing in Bracken County with his children and grandchildren and known for his strong work ethic.  Above all, Bill was best known for his fierce loyalty to family. Bill and Shirley’s devotion to family was evidenced by their commitment to help raise their grandchildren, Brandon and Kayla Vermillion. Bill was born again in Maysville, Kentucky at First Assembly of God at a men’s ministry meeting.  He then became an active minister in the jail ministry where he served for several years. Bill was also a member of the Mason Lodge # 80 in Augusta, Kentucky for more than 40 years.  


Bill Vermillion was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde Nelson Vermillion, Sr. and Ina Ruth Grimes Vermillion, and his sisters Edna Black and Dolores Broyles. 


William (Bill) Vermillion leaves behind his loving, devoted wife, Shirley Ann Bollinger Vermillion, and his four children, Sherry Vermillion Gaines (Bill), Command Master Chief Petty Officer (Ret.) William A. Vermillion, Jr. (Lois), Kermit J. Vermillion (Jenny) and Angela Vermillion Compton. He also leaves behind 20 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. Bill also leaves his siblings Dollis Militzer (Jack), Norman (Janie, deceased), Clyde Vermillion, Junior (Helen), Linda Lambert (Mike), and John W. Vermillion (Debbie). 

Bill was a loyal husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend and will be greatly missed.


Funeral services will be held at 1PM, Friday, October 12, 2018, at Freedom’s Way Assembly of God Church, 1170 Old Elizabethtown Rd. Hodgenville, with Pastor John Lear officiating. Burial will follow in the Haven of Rest Cemetery in Mt. Sherman.


Visitation will be from 4 to 8 PM, Thursday and after 9AM, Friday at the church.



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