William Dobyns Wornall, Jr.

July 23, 2022

CHARLOTTE – William Dobyns Wornall, Jr. of Charlotte, NC, died unexpectedly on Saturday, July 23, 2022 at the age of 73.  He was born in Charlotte on January 18, 1949, the son of William Dobyns Wornall, Sr. and Sybil Shufflebotham Wornall.

Bill graduated from Charlotte Country Day School in 1968 and from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, where he was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

Bill began his career with Piedmont Processing (Textiles Incorporated) in Belmont, NC.  Thereafter, he began working for his father at Aldrich Machine Works, a family-owned textile machinery manufacturing business in Greenwood, SC.  Upon his father's retirement, Bill assumed ownership of the business and worked in the textile machinery business until his death.  He just recently sold his business to Judson Allen, whom he loved like a son.  Bill was a passionate advocate for the American textile industry, and collected vintage postcards of the industry's mills, a collection recently on loan to North Carolina State University.

He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, the Piedmont Club, and Charlotte Country Club.  Bill lived most of his life on the Charlotte Country Club golf course, where he enjoyed walks on the course and Wednesday night drinks and dinners with "the Deplorables", a group of cherished friends.

Bill is survived by his wife of 47 years, Janet Wornall; his beloved daughters, Carrie Sexton and her husband, Zack of Charlotte, NC, Sybil Godwin and her husband, Bill of Charlotte, NC, and Louise Stafford and her husband, Cullen of Raleigh, NC; his adoring grandchildren, Elizabeth Sexton, Mary Margaret Sexton, West Sexton, Grace Godwin, Louise Godwin, Sybil Stafford, and Thomas Stafford.  He is also survived by his sister, Roma W. Tison; brother, Al Wornall and beloved nieces and nephew. 

A memorial service will be at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at Christ Episcopal Church in Charlotte with a reception to follow at Charlotte Country Club, 2465 Mecklenburg Avenue.  The service will be livestreamed at: www.christchurchcharlotte.org/funeral-live-broadcast/ for those unable to attend in person.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be offered in memory of Bill to Christ Episcopal Church, 1412 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28207.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences may be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

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  • John M Cork

    Bill has been a friend, supplier and British Car Enthusist to me for the last 45+ years. Bill was a good businessman and a true Southern Gentleman. I believe that all will agree that Bill reached the high mark of giving more than he took. May we have fond memories of Bill until we meet again.

  • Newton and Jacqueline Brown

    I first met Bill at William Jewell College in 1970 when several of us freshmen joined the welcoming Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. From that initial encounter we developed a life long friendship that included many fun times and the occasional commitment to excellence for our ever present school requirements. Upon graduation our lives followed quite divergent paths that, on occasion, even crossed. Most recently a very select and diverse group of Lambda Chi’s began to gather once or twice a year to commiserate our places in life, swap stories and memories of our youth and to prove to all in attendance that some of us could still play golf and, unfortunately, some of us could not! But we could get together and enjoy one another’s company for a few days. It was always a commitment that our group certainly looked forward to experiencing. Our get togethers will continue, but they will never be the same with out “brother” Bill. He has left all of us for a better life but he will certainly not be forgotten. Rest In Peace my friend, my brother.

  • nancy morgan

    Dear Janet...Hayward and I are out of town so we cannot attend the service for Bill...He was a fine gentle man and will be missed by many...our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family....Fondly...Nancy