Friday, June 27, 2008

Staunton: Cancer claims Billy Rule, 47

STAUNTON — Taken decades too soon, William "Billy" Allen Rule III passed away Wednesday, June 25, 2008, at the University of Virginia Medical Center from complications of CNS lymphoma.

Born July 7, 1960, in Clifton Forge, he was raised in Staunton and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1978. Billy continued in his father's footsteps as president and owner of Rule Volkswagen/Honda.

Billy is survived by parents, Joan Rule and William Rule Jr.; brother, Jimmy Rule; sisters, Sally Rule-Gwinn and Jann Shenk; brother-in-law, Larry Shenk; nephew, Jonathan Shenk; nieces, Jill Midgett, Katie Shenk and Sara and Taylor Gwinn; great-nephews, Jacob Johnson, Logan and Parker Shenk and Gray Midgett; great-niece, Hailey Johnson; and devoted girlfriend, Tonya Brown. He was proud of his role as father to Jenni Lockhart and Missy Wittig, daughters of Kathy Rule, and grandfather to Zakk and Ali Wittig.

Fun-loving, hardworking and consummate Hokie fanatic, Billy enthusiastically supported and sponsored local sports teams and events. He volunteered on the Staunton-Augusta Fire Department for many years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman; he served on the board of directors of Bear Loop Hunt Club, as his grandfather and great-uncle had done before him.

Billy would say that there is no better place to live or better friends, customers and neighbors to have than in this valley. He considered himself very lucky, and many were privileged to have known and loved him.

A memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 29, 2008, at Memorial Baptist Church at 224 Taylor St. in Staunton.

There will be no public viewing.

In lieu of flowers, suggested donations can be made to the Brain Tumor Foundation, Attn: Gift, 1350 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 1200, New York, NY 10019 or to Virginia Tech Foundation Inc., University Development 0336, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Condolences may be sent to the family at


Anonymous said...

Billy Rule was a good man, a great friend, a wonderful colorful and integral part of his circle of family and friends.

He will be missed is one sorely worn phrase, he will stay loved and admired is more to the point.

Those friends and family will spend much time looking over their shoulder when that wind of familiar blows something like Billy, and will have to spend that much more time coming to grips that he has gone on to a better place.

A tragic loss in every sense, decades too soon indeed.

Unknown said...

Billy Rule was a kind man, a great friend and will be sorely missed! The James River, canoeing, Artie and I will be among those to miss him. With love and heartfelt sadness,

Beth Norwood-Kennington