William L. Holcombe1

b. July 1881, d. 1911
William L. Holcombe
photo courtesy of Steve Watrous
     William L. Holcombe was born in July 1881 at NY.1 He was the son of Frank Willis Holcombe and Hannah L. Storer.1 William L. Holcombe married Eva (?) circa 1903. William L. Holcombe died in 1911.1

Will L. and Eva were enumerated in the 1910 Colesville, Broome Co., NY, federal census. He was a rural mail carrier age 28, she was 24. They had been married 6 years and had no children. He was buried at New Ohio Cemetery, North Colesville, Broome Co., NY.


  1. [S35] 1900 Federal Census, unknown repository address.

William Graydon Watrous

b. 11 September 1921, d. 10 June 2017
William Graydon and Mary Louise (Murray) Watrous
     William Graydon Watrous was born on 11 September 1921 at Syracuse, Onondaga Co., NY. He was the son of Watson Roberts Watrous and Adeline T. Ruland. William Graydon Watrous married Mary Louise Murray on 5 June 1948 at Furman Street Methodist Church, Syracuse, Onondaga Co., NY. William Graydon Watrous died on 10 June 2017 at St. Francis House, Syracuse, Onondaga Co., NY, at age 95. He was buried on 15 June 2017 at Onondaga Valley Cemetery, Syracuse, Onondaga Co., NY.

From The Post-Standard , Syracuse June 11, 2017:

William Graydon Watrous June 10, 2017 William G. Watrous, a man who loved his country and his family, was surrounded by loving family members at Francis House at Syracuse, NY, when he passed away on Saturday, June 10, 2017.

Bill was born September 11, 1921, in Syracuse, NY, the firstborn child of Watson R. and Adeline (Ruland) Watrous. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, brother Charles, and first loving wife Mary Louise (Murray) Watrous. Bill is survived by his loving wife Barbara (Lucas) Watrous; children, Steven (Sandra) Watrous, Bonnie (Richard) DeForest, and Robert (Luis Morales) Watrous; 8 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren.

Bill graduated from Onondaga Valley Academy where he was an all-star hockey player. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II where he was a Signalman 3rd class. He served on Liberty ships as part of the Naval Armed Guard, having sailed around the world. His great passion was the Navy and its sea going vessels. He referred to himself as "The Sea Daddy", and loved sharing his stories of life on the high seas. He married his sweetheart, Mary Lou Murray on June 5, 1948, at Furman Street Methodist Church. After Mary Lou's passing in 1990, Bill met and fell in love with his second sweetheart, Barbara Lucas. They were married November 2, 1992, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church. Bill began working for the NY Telephone Company in November 1948. He started as a lineman and retired from "Ma Bell" in management in 1983. He enjoyed golf, having been taught by his brother Chuck while in his 40s. It was a great thrill for him to have shot two holes-in-one during his brief "career" on the links! He was a faithful communicant of St. Paul's United Methodist Church and enjoyed serving in various capacities there for many years.

Services will be held at noon on Thursday, June 15, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 2200 Valley Drive, Syracuse, NY 13207, with a calling hour at 11 a.m. at the church. Interment, with military honors, will be at Onondaga Valley Cemetery following the service. Contributions in Bill's name may be made to St. Paul's United Methodist Church or Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital, 1 Children's Circle, Syracuse, NY 13210. To express sympathy, please visit www.ballweg-lunsford.com.