Funeral Director and Embalmer (Retired) #999
William Folk Zeigler was born in Columbia, South Carolina on March 13, 1932. (It was snowing, if that gives you any idea about him; he's always thought he was a snowman.) His parents are the late Walter Lester Zeigler and Lucille Folk Zeigler, both from Bamberg. When he came home from the hospital, he was met by his 11 year old brother, Carlyle.
After a reasonably normal early childhood, Billy began attending elementary school at McMaster School located on Pickens Street in Columbia. Because it was a neighborhood school, he and the other 15 children in the neighborhood played on the school grounds on weekends and during summers. (The good ole days!)
After finishing McMaster, he began attending another neighborhood school, University High School which was the testing ground for new teachers from the University of South Carolina. While in the 11th grade, he joined the South Carolina Air National Guard.
Billy graduated from University High School in 1950 and in October of that year, the Air Guard stationed at Congaree Air National Base was activated because of the Korean Police Action. Following a period of two and one-half years of active duty, the unit was deactivated.
Because Billy grew up three blocks from Dunbar Funeral Home and some of the Dunbar family were neighbors, he gravitated toward working at the funeral home, "until he decided what he wanted to do." In 1959, he decided to attend Dallas Gupton-Jones School of Mortuary Service so he could become a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. After completing his nine months course and standing his certification tests, he was awarded License No. 999 by the State of South Carolina.
In 1961, a new USC graduate, Pam Zeigler, came to work at Dunbar's and this occurrence changed his life forever. In 1962, they were married at Northside Baptist Church. They have three children, Holley (Butch) Barfield, Sean (Krissy) Zeigler, and Seth (Julie) Zeigler. God has blessed them with five grandchildren, Billy and Katie Barfield, Madison and Tyler Zeigler, and Zoe Zeigler.
In 1973, the Zeiglers moved to Chapin and later became charter members of Chapin Baptist Church, where they are still active today. For many years both Billy and Pam sang in the choir, and Billy served as Deacon and on the first Building Committee.
Billy continued to work at Dunbar's until he retired in 1985. At that time he became Fire Chief in Chapin, having served as a volunteer fireman with Lexington County Fire Service since 1964. In 1997, Billy retired from Lexington County Fire Service, purchased a Gold Wing Trike, and joined the Lexington Area Wings, a Gold Wing Riders Association affiliate.
In 2001, Billy was appointed a Deputy Coroner for Lexington County. He worked in that capacity until August of 2009. At that time he began an association with Barr-Price Funeral Homes as a Funeral Director and Embalmer.