OXFORD - William R. Tefft, 84, a lifelong resident of Oxford and owner of Bill Tefft Trucking, passed away early Saturday morning, Feb. 17, 2018, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse.
Bill was born on Aug. 19, 1933, in Oxford the son of James R. and Naomi (Blanford) Tefft.
He grew up in Oxford and graduated from Oxford School. Soon thereafter, Bill entered the United States Air Force serving his country during the Korean War.
On Jan. 5, 1952, in Oxford, he married Blanche Simpson, who survives.
On March 23, 1955, Bill started Bill Tefft Trucking, which he continued to operate along with his wife and family until his passing.
Throughout his life, Bill earned the reputation of being a hard worker. His business ventures, not only in Chenango County but throughout other counties as well, gained him many friends and acquaintances over the years.
Bill enjoyed raising and working with horses in his free time. He also enjoyed driving his car around the countryside looking for wildlife and exploring different historical areas. Bill and Blanche danced with the Broken Squares square dance group for several years. He had quite a sense of humor and enjoyed practical jokes with family and friends.
Bill is survived by his wife, Blanche of Oxford; children, William Tefft Jr. (companion, Lisa) of Oxford, Linda (James) Meek of Oxford, Debbie Tefft of Hollis, Maine, James (Saundra) Tefft of Oxford, Timothy (Donna) Tefft of Oxford, Susan Tefft of Oxford, Daniel (Tesha)Tefft of Bluffton, South Carolina and Rebecca Tefft of Oxford. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Bill was predeceased by his sisters, Sarah Seaman and Ann Tefft; and daughter-in-law, Joyce Teff.
A Celebration of Bill's life will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 25 at the United Church of Oxford Fellowship Hall in Fort Hill Park where family and friends may stop to offer condolences to Bill's family and enjoy a bite to eat. A brief service will be held at 4 p.m.
In keeping with Bill's love of horses, please consider memorial contributions to Athelas Therapeutic Riding, 1179 County Highway 5, Otego, N Y 13852 or Hospice & Palliative Care of Chenango County, 21 Hayes St., Norwich, NY 13815.
"Our Business Stinks But It's Picking Up."
Arrangements are with the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home.
Published on February 20, 2018