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CMSgt William “Bill” Bernard Podres, Sr., United States Air Force (Ret.), 87, of Savannah, Georgia and widower of Mary Frances “Fran” Callahan Podres, loving husband, father, and grandfather passed away on Friday morning, November 27, 2020, at Hospice of the Golden Isles in Brunswick.

Bill was born June 17, 1933, in Witherbee, New York to the late Benedict Dominic Podres and the late Anna Mary Tartaras Podres. He served in the United States Air Force and the Air National Guard from 1953 until his retirement attaining the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. Bill worked as a federal civilian for 30+ years until his retirement.

He married Mary Frances “Fran” (Callahan) and together they raised their five children in Savannah.

Surviving are his children, Debbie (Mike) Fulghum of Sylvania, Georgia, William B. (Cindy) Podres Jr. of St. Simons Island, Georgia, Kathy (Jeff) Mock of Tallahassee, Florida, Patti Bergey of Atlanta, Georgia and Kelli (Robert) Anderson of Richmond Hill. Also surviving are his sister-in-law, Judy Slattery of San Antonio, Texas; eleven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

A private funeral service, with full military honors, will be held at the graveside, Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, conducted by Father Joseph A. Smith.

Remembrances: Hospice of the Golden Isles – 1692 Glynco Parkway, Brunswick, Georgia 31525-6845.

Online Condolences

  1. Stephen A Niedbala says:

    With all my family’s condolences, we suffer the loss of a great friend and patriot. Rest in peace Bill.

  2. Randolph W Slater says:

    My deepest sympathy for the family of my Friend (Bill Podres) who was a proud loyal loving American Patriot, Husband, Father, Grandfather and friend. I will miss you so much. Your love for Fran and your children I will always cherish knowing and hearing about. God blessed you my friend, Love you BILL PODRES.

  3. George D. Siegel says:

    My deepest condolences on the loss of your father. He was a great man!
    May he rest in peace.

  4. Paula Watts Tootle says:

    Love and prayers to you all, you were blessed with two loving parents. Blessed are they for theirs is the kingdom of God. Rest In Peace in each other’s arms at last!

  5. Kelly and Alex Hunt says:

    So very saddened to hear of your dad’s passing. He was the sweetest and always have the best hugs ! I pray that God showers His peace over you all during this difficult time. Hugs ….

    Kelly (Kilpatrick) Hunt & Family

  6. Gene Purvis says:

    Bill was a great friend, worked with him at Hunter Field for 20 years.Will miss him. Deepest sympathy to the family. Gene and Nancy Purvis

  7. Colette & Gary Sego says:

    Kelli and Family,
    We are very sorry to hear about the loss of your dad! Know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers especially during this sad time!
    Love, Colette & Gary Sego

  8. Tom and Susan Langey says:

    We have wonderful memories when the family came to visit.

  9. Nicole Mackin says:

    So sorry for this news! You are an amazing an lovely family and I love you very much!❤️

  10. Jack & Sherri Martin says:

    Our deepest sympathies for the loss of your family. Know that your loved and that we will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Jack & Sherri Martin

  11. Shawn and Arlene Hobbs says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Have comfort knowing he is again with the love of his life and resting in the arms of our Lord. Prayers for all the family. Much love. Shawn and Arlene

  12. Sherrie Thurgood says:

    A loving and thoughtful tribute for a Great Dad.
    Deepest condolences for his loss and your grief.
    Prayers for all.

  13. SusanRenew says:

    Deepest sorrow for the Podres family! Must have been a amazing reunion in heaven!

  14. Kay Yocco McCafferty says:

    The Yocco family sends our condolences to your families.

  15. Judy Slattery & family says:

    He was an important part of our family and will be greatly missed by all of us. Know he is at peace and has once again been reunited with Fran (your Mom). Prayers for all of you
    Love Aunt Judy, Bridget, Caitlyn, James, David, Peyton and Austin

  16. Tina (O’Dell) Trombley says:

    My deepest sympathy to your family! I wish I had known him as we are related. I’m Anna’s great-granddaughter. Tina

  17. Tricia Gainey says:

    May He Rest In Peace and no longer bound to earthly constraints. Prayers for entire family.

  18. John, Suzanne, and Alex Morgan says:

    Billy, we are so sorry for your loss and send our deepest condolences and prayers for peace and comfort to your family. May your father rest in peace.

  19. Meg Heap says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Please know your family is in my prayers.

  20. Jack & Sherri says:

    Sending heartfelt prayers for the family to heal. Our deepest sympathies for the loss of your father.
    Jack & Sherri Martin

  21. Amanda Daniels says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of Uncle Bill’s passing. I have so many fond memories of him and Aunt Fran. They were so fun and always laughing. Dad, Nealy and I loved our trips to Savannah. I will be keeping you all in my prayers.
    Much love, Amanda

  22. Susie Collins says:

    My husband, Charley, and I are so very sorry for the loss of a wonderful friend and honorary family member. I am one of Debbie Moody’s sisters, and we’ve enjoyed so many visits and phone calls over the last 12 years. We’d stay with him when we passed through Savannah and entertained him here in FL. His laugh and sense of humor and love for family and friends are only part of why we’ll miss him dearly.
    Warmest regards to the family.
    Susie Collins

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