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William Franklin Levitt

September 12, 1940 — December 26, 2022

William Franklin Levitt


William Franklin “Bill” Levitt, 82, of Charleston, IL passed away at 8:56 PM on Monday, December 26, 2022, at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon, IL.


Graveside memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, at the Roselawn Cemetery in Charleston, IL. Rev. Roger Wood will officiate. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.


Bill was born on September 12, 1940, in Effingham, IL. He was a son of Clarence W. and Edith Marie (Walls) Levitt. He married Carol Joan Anderson on March 20, 1982, in Charleston, IL; she passed away on July 11, 2019.


He is survived by daughters, Connie Evans and her husband Vic of Charleston, IL, Edie Galyen and her husband Jerry of Hoopeston, IL and Marty Cruz and her husband Pedro of Effingham, IL; grandchildren, Steve Evans and his wife Michelle and Brad Evans and his wife Whitney all of Charleston, IL Christopher, Christina, Amanda, Carol, Carrie, Dustin, Stephine, Angelica, Asia and Austin all from Effingham; great-grandchildren, Ashley Dick and her husband Brendon, Houston Evans, Daysha Buell and her husband Garrett, Austin, Cassandra, Braydon, Raeann, Jayce, Dylan, Trevor, Leanndra, Charlie, Jaylynn, Ashlynn ,Myhia, Jason, Joshua, Jasper, Joden, Dixie, Brayson, Jacqui, Isaiah, Caitlin, Oliver, Charlotte, Mia,  Addison, Rylin, Abigail, Aubrie,  6 step-great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren, Alex and Ayde, Gram, Graylie and Gretchen, and Braihley and Zaden; two brothers: Chuck Levitt of Altamont, IL and Jim Levitt and his wife Louise of Henderson, NC; one sister: Mary Lou Bonwell of Effingham, IL; many nieces and nephews, and a good friend Shelly Evans of Charleston, IL.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Edith Levitt, his wife, Carol Joann Levitt, two brothers, Clarence Levitt Jr., and Harold Levitt and three sisters, one that died in infancy, Tiny Levitt, Rosie Rexroad, Beulah Dilworth, and Margaret Shelton, , granddaughter, Amber, and great granddaughter, Sylvia.  


Bill had worked as a custodian at The Holler formerly My Place for many years.


Bill was an excellent guitarist and played music for over 50 years with many local artists as well as artists in Nashville, TN. He was known to many as “Wild Bill”.


He had a deep appreciation for classical music. Not only did he play the guitar well, and really enjoyed it, but he has also made several guitars through the years. He also enjoyed woodworking, wood carving, artwork, leather tooling and horses.



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