Sept. 9, 2023
11 a.m. - noon


Sept. 9, 2023



A man who embraced and nurtured his sense of adventure embarked on the last leg of his journey September 4, 2023 and debarked at heaven's door to be greeted by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

March 7, 1941 was the day he arrived in Burke County to join his father James Isaacs and mother Nona Greer Isaacs. Bill passionately and to the fullest lived out his 82 years. He was a loving and caring family man providing a good living for his wife and children. A devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend of many. He will be missed by all who knew him.

His memory will be cherished by his wife of sixty years, Jean B. Isaacs; children, Pam Roths and husband, Nick, of Morganton and Randy Isaacs of Morganton; two granddaughters, Jessica Roths of Glendale, CO and Sarah Roths of Morganton; brother, Maynard “Bud” Isaacs and wife, Pansy; brother-in-law, Donald Yelton of Indian Trail, NC; and many nephews and nieces scattered hither and yon.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers; Vaughn, Ernest, Greer, and Carol; sisters, Mable Isaacs, Adelee Stephens, Eloise Woods, and Frances Yelton.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, September 9, 2023 at El Bethel Baptist Church. A celebration of Bill’s life will follow at noon in the church with Rev. Justin Cunningham officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to El Bethel Baptist Church Building Fund, Set Free Christian Fellowship of Morganton, Carolina Caring or a charity of your choosing.

The family would like to thank Carolina Caring and especially Jennifer and Tisha.

Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Bill was a good man. We’re keeping you in our prayers.

—Charles and Barbara Sellars

Dear Jean and family, Our heart is with you today. Bill was a beautiful person. Odell always liked talking golf with him or better, playing golf. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Odell and Mary Ellen

—Mary Ellen Witherspoon
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Dear Jean, Randy, Pam, and relations we haven’t met, We’re sending our love to you all upon the passing of your husband, father, grandfather and friend. This sentiment will include nearly everyone in Burke County. Bill’s roots and influence were so deep and wide. It has been our pleasure to know Bill in the last 3 years of his storied life. And, as we daily look out to your yard and home, we will remember Bill, there on his new porch, rocking and watching the birds. Many condolences 💐 Jeff and DeBorah

—Jeff and DeBorah Crawford

Dear Jean and family Bill hardly knew us but when we would run into him he was the sweetest man. Our condolences. Leah and Joel

—Leah Heffentrager
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Jean, Pam and Randy and the entire Isaacs family. To say I am sorry to hear of Bill's passing is an understatement! From the time I returned home from Maryland I have considered Bill as a very sincere friend and cousin. I will sorely miss him and his big smile and his humor. After being gone from here for 28 + years, I'll never forget the day He came riding up in my drive-way unannounced. It instantly took me back to a time when friends and family just showed up and didn't have to call first to see if it was okay. Please let me know if there is ANYTHING I can for any of you. I love you all. Woody Tolbert

—Woody Tolbert

To all the Isaacs family members, I will miss Bill in so many ways, golfing, trout fishing and just enjoying his friendship over the years. I will never forget that smile on his face each time he landed a trout while fishing with me on Elk River. Always enjoyed his company on the golf courses while playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. Jean, you and your family will be in our prayers as you all go through this difficult time. May God bless and be with you. Ed/Sandy

—Ed/Sandy Poe

We were truly blessed to know Bill. He was always a lot of fun to be around. I know he will be missed a lot by family and friends. Big hugs to the family. You are all in my prayers.

—Cheryl and Annie Matney

So sorry ! Wonderful man !may all the memories bring you peace

—Ronnie and Dinah whisnant

A truely good man!

—Bernard Pierce

We will always remember and cherish the good times we had with Bill and Jean over the years. Bill was a good friend and he will be greatly missed.

—Bruce A. Sisk and wife Rita.