William Ayres Addams, II
June 27, 1938 - April 7, 2018

William Ayres Addams II passed away on April 7th, 2018. He was born in Scotland, PA on June 27th, 1938, to Martha Angle Addams and Robert Wood Addams. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout, attended Mercersburg Academy, and was a graduate of Lafayette College (Class of 1960). Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the Marine Corps. Bill and Marcie (Over) married June 18th, 1960, and spent a year in Quantico, VA before being stationed in Hawaii at Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Base, where he served proudly from 1961-1964.

After returning to civilian life, Bill graduated from Dickinson Law School (Class of 1970). He was elected president of the Cumberland County Bar Association for 1999 and was also a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Civil Litigation Section, the Association of Defense Research Institute, and the Pennsylvania Defense Institute. Bill was known for his pro bono work and for helping those in need.

Bill was an avid golfer and he and Marcie loved to play tennis and travel. They were fortunate to have enjoyed many trips both domestic and abroad during their 57 years of marriage. They lived in Pennsylvania and Florida before settling in Southport, NC in 2014, and have built lasting friendships in each location.

Bill is survived by his wife and their three children, Woody (granddaughters Samantha and Sydney), David (daughter-in-law Michele, granddaughters Abby and Katie), and Beth (son-in-law Jesse). Bill also found a sense of family with their church, Southport Presbyterian.

The memorial service will be held at Southport Presbyterian Church at 3pm on April 28th with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be sent to the SECU Family House at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Lower Cape Fear Hospice of Brunswick County, or to the building fund at Southport Presbyterian Church. The outpouring of support from these communities, as well as from friends near and far, has been a blessing for the family.

Please share memories and condolences with the Addams family by clicking on “Post Condolence.” Arrangements are in the care of Coastal Cremations.


  • Bob & Pam Wright Posted April 8, 2018 5:11 pm

    Marcie & family,
    We send you our deepest sympathies at this sad time. If there is any thing we can do for you, just let us know. We are here for you

  • Howard Klein Posted April 8, 2018 6:23 pm

    Our dear friend Bill, after spending 57 years with the love of his life, should have stayed with us longer. How blessed you both were to have had such a wonderful Life together. Love from Mary and Howie.

  • Jack & Millie Shatzer Posted April 8, 2018 7:05 pm

    To Martha & family,
    We share your pain today. Please accept our love and deepest sympathy Bill’s passing has left a large hole in our hearts. The memory of the many good times will carry us through.

  • Dick Gab Posted April 8, 2018 7:39 pm

    I have so many fond memories of Bill, whether it be on the golf course or out to dinner. His dry sense of humor always made me laugh. I know that he will be missed by all who knew him. My heartfelt sympathy to Marcie and the family.

  • Barbara Rabinowitz Posted April 8, 2018 8:00 pm

    Dear Marcie, I am sending sincere condolences and prayers that years of happy memories can help carry you and your family through this sad time. Barbara

  • Lynn Gab Posted April 8, 2018 8:08 pm

    My life is better for having known Bill. We shared so many good times with Bill and Marcie, and we will always treasure those memories and our friendship. My deepest sympathy to Marcie and her family. Love, Lynn

  • Behringer Alan Posted April 8, 2018 9:15 pm

    I am saddened to learn of Bill’s passing. He was a wonderful friend and mentor to me during law school. Marcie, please know that you are now and have been in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult and stressful time. Betty and I send you, Woody, David and Beth much love and many hugs!

  • Elaine and Dennis Faver Posted April 8, 2018 9:29 pm

    Our sincere sympathy to you and the family Marcie on Bill’s passing. We enjoyed the times we’ve seen and chatted with you at the picnics or club dinners etc.. He seemed such a sweet soul. We send our prayers to you and the family.

  • Bill & CJ Longenecker Posted April 8, 2018 10:04 pm

    We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you…XOXO

  • Chip and Stephanie Reylek Posted April 8, 2018 10:53 pm

    We are so very sorry about losing Bill. He was an exceptional man and his loving memories and goodness lives on in all our hearts. Our love and prayers to Marcie and the family. We love you

  • Gene and Wilma Sharer Posted April 9, 2018 12:53 am

    Although we did not know Bill well, we were impressed with his quick wit and sense of humor. We pray that your family and friends will carry you through this most difficult time. May God bless you and your family.

  • Mitzi Liekweg Posted April 9, 2018 1:29 am

    Marcie, I am so sorry to hear the passing of Bill. What wonderful years you all had shared. My thoughts are with you….fondly, Mitzi

  • Mitzi Liekweg Posted April 9, 2018 1:31 am

    Marcie, I am so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. You all had so many years together. May you find comfort in all of those wonderful memories. Fondly, Mitzi

  • Frank Kasper Posted April 9, 2018 1:45 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and family/ I have always thought of you as one of my dear friends with
    your unique sense of humor on and off the tennis and golf courses. May God bless you – Nancy Lemke

  • Connie krout Posted April 9, 2018 1:53 am

    Bill Adams has been our neighbor for many years. We’ve had great times together in his house and ours. He had a dry sense of humor like no other one. Memories of playing tennis at Allenberry and going to the bar afterwards for beer and burgers. He will never be forgotten. Thinking of you, Marcie, at this time

  • Caitlin Cary & Skillet Gilmore Posted April 9, 2018 2:29 am

    We love Beth and Jesse so much. Please know, Marcie, as I’m sure you do, what a wonderful daughter you both raised. We send our love to you through her and wish you all peace and comfort.

  • Nathan Wolf Posted April 9, 2018 11:55 am

    I am so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I enjoyed working with him these last few years and learned much from him. To think that he worked right up until February is a testament to his devotion to the practice of law and his slightly stubborn streak. I shall miss hearing from him and offer my condolences. May his memory always be a blessing to all who knew him.

  • Gina Mancinelli Posted April 9, 2018 1:03 pm

    My heart breaks for you Marcie. Prayers for you and your family. I hope the love and support you have from friends, family and your church community can bring you comfort.

  • James and Cheryl Mercurio Posted April 9, 2018 1:52 pm

    Marcie,My sincere codolences, we have nothing but wonderful thoughts and memories of Bill.May He rest in piece.Jim and Cheryl

  • Phil and Dana Goldinger Posted April 9, 2018 9:19 pm

    Mrs. Addams, and all the kids and grandkids,
    You are all in our thoughts! So surprised to hear!
    He will be very much missed! If you need anything,
    please reach out tp us! We will be glad to help!

  • Karl & Margrit Zeisberger, Cologne, Germany Posted April 10, 2018 5:38 pm

    Marcie, we remember well having met you and Bill and some of your friends on a Rhine River cruise stop-over in Cologne, Germany. It was a freezing day, however you enjoyed
    the sightseeing and the special local dishes. Bill was so present and attentive and in good mood with his excellent remarks he was so special of. We are so sorry about his passing! Be sure that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your great family. Please accept our sincere condolences.

  • Stephanie and Chip Reylek Posted April 11, 2018 5:08 pm

    Blessed to have been able to call Bill our friend and Marcie and their family. A wild and crazy guy, with a wonderful heart, a consumate professional and a unique golfer. He will be missed.

  • Jim Goldsmith Posted April 11, 2018 8:13 pm

    I met Bill because I too practice trial law. When we were in a case together we were more or less aligned because we both represented defendants. Having Bill in the case was a pleasure. The consummate gentleman, Bill seemed so easy going, yet his clients were very well represented. Bill’s letters were famous. In response to a two page letter, Bill was likely to respond with a single word, “yes” or “no.” I think Bill is famous for those succinct missives.
    I would have liked to have known Bill outside of our respective practices. I am sorry for his loss; I am sure that so many will miss him greatly. Jim

  • Miki Wallace Posted April 12, 2018 1:02 am

    Dear Beth and Jesse,

    I’m so sorry for your loss and this difficult time. No matter our age, we are never ready to let a parent go. Thoughts are with you as you navigate the next few months and the next chapter in your lives.

    Much love,

  • Ralph & Claire Daywalt Posted April 12, 2018 12:48 pm

    We are sorry to hear of the loss of Bill; we have many fond memories of our days in White Rock Acres and of knowing Bill and his family. We extend our sympathy during this time of sorrow.

  • Jim & Delores Wolford Posted April 12, 2018 5:01 pm

    Marcie…please accept our sincere condolences along with our prayers. We have missed you and Bill and wondered where you got to…now we know…North Carolina. We enjoyed worshiping with you folks at Second Presbyterian Church Carlisle, PA. We did not know Bill was a Marine and later an attorney. We wish you the best.

  • Marcia Gobrecht Posted April 12, 2018 9:53 pm

    Goby and I are so sorry to learn of Bills passing. You were great former neighbors and we always enjoyed your company. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Jane and Del Hawbaker Posted April 16, 2018 8:48 pm

    Dear Marcie, So sorry for your loss. We remember all the fun times we shared with you and Bill in Carlisle. Please accept our sincere condolences.
    Jane and Del Hawbaker

  • Debi Heishman Posted April 17, 2018 5:25 pm

    Marcie and Children,
    I just thought of you all a few days ago. Hadn’t known about Bill’s passing. You are ALL in my thoughts and prayers. I have never forgotten your family. You hold a special place in my heart. Woody, David, and Beth were just young. If there is anything I can do, please let me know.
    With Love,

  • Ann and Bob Mcinroy Posted April 18, 2018 2:12 pm

    It is with great sadness that we we learned of the passing of Bill. He was a friend, a fair tennis player, a good jokster. and a fine person. Our condolences to Marci and family who are his true legacy.

  • Dennis Cox Posted April 19, 2018 9:17 pm

    Dear Marcie, Sorry to hear of the loss of Bill. I remember you both at 2nd Presbyterian Church. My wife and I moved from Carlisle about a year ago to Mesquite, NV. May the Lord give you and your family peace and comfort. Dennis & Ellie Cox

  • Elizabeth (Bauer) Braungard Posted April 22, 2018 2:31 am

    I was so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. It’s been decades since our families vacationed together in the Outer Banks. I will always remember Bill’s great sense of humor and thank him for introducing us to David Letterman. 🙂 Blessings to you Marcie, Woody, David and Beth.

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