After a courageous and exhausting battle with multiple myeloma, William E. “Bill” Derryberry died at home July 17, 2017. Bill was born the only child of Ed and Mildred Derryberry, November 14, 1939. The couple separated when Bill was very young, and his mother remarried Tommie Jennings who became “Daddy” to Bill. Bill’s childhood was not only enriched by the love of his parents, but by his mother’s sister and her husband, Auberrie and Penny Penrod, and their children. Shortly after leaving Ramsey High in Birmingham, Bill joined the Air Force and married Sandra Jarrell in 1958. Bill is survived by 3 children from this marriage: Scott, Blaine, and Loree. Bill also leaves his loving wife and friend of over 46 years Mary Helen (Hawes) and their children Jenny (Robert), Bo (Emily), and Kevin (Shekira). Family was everything for Bill. His pride and joy were his 8 grandchildren: Chasity Almazon; Shelby, Emily, Robbie Mosley; Kaylan, Natalie, Claire, and Lucy Derryberry. With a B.S. from Samford University and a M. Ed. from the University of Montevallo, Bill worked in law enforcement and education. A student and teacher of history and constitutional law, he enjoyed both professions simultaneously until he left policing in 1985. Retirement from the classroom in 1997 left him time to pursue his love of friends and playing bridge. An exceptionally good card player, he loved these friends of his retirement years who share his love of the game. Bill treated people with respect and dignity. He loved to talk and would approach people wherever he went to ask questions and enjoy conversation. Bill loved to write down his thoughts and sent many letters to the editor regarding issues of government. An avid football fan, he never missed a Saturday watching and cheering for SEC teams each fall. However, he lived and breathed Bama football and could yell Roll Tide with the true conviction that comes from the certainty of victory. Bill never went without a book to lull him to sleep or keep him company. He loved precise language, worked crosswords in ink, and played a good game of Scrabble. He was the master of metaphor. A fan of instrumental music, he made sure smooth jazz filled the air when he drove or relaxed in his office. A witty, infuriating, intelligent, stubborn, warm, and unforgettable man who loved his God, his country, and his family, Bill will be greatly missed. The family will receive guest At Charter Funeral Home on Friday, July 21, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. A Celebration of Life will begin at 11:00 AM also at Charter Funeral Home. Interment will be in Alabama National Cemetery at 1:15 PM.