William Lucas, III

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William Henry Lucas III, 74, passed away on August 18th. Bill, as he is known, was born in Columbus, Ohio. He was a cherished husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend. He was a grandson of the first African American Pure Oil franchisee in Ohio. In time, Bill’s parents took over Lucas Pure Oil/Lucas Union 76 on the corners of Atcheson and 20th Streets. Bill worked by their side and learned, firsthand, the importance of civic responsibility. He carried the lesson with him as he struck out on his own and ultimately joined the U. S. Army. Upon his return, Bill’s career path included working with Columbus Public Schools before flexing his entrepreneurial spirit and founding his own industrial cleaning company.

Family has always been the center of his being. As a child, extended Lucas clan traditions included Sunday Dinners with all family members present and Midnight Masses on Christmas Eve at St. Dominic’s Church, followed by early morning breakfasts at his grandparent’s home. Bill was at ease in almost every situation. He spent summers hanging with his city cousins in Dayton and helping his country cousins care for farm animals in Mt. Vernon, Ohio.

After marrying the love of his life, the two carried forward the community legacy established by her parents, A grieving neighbor from the old recently said that “You couldn’t live in the neighborhood and not have stepped foot in the Brown’s house!” As the Lucas’ fashioned a home their own, Bill “held court” on his front porch many a day for young men needing encouragement, guidance, and correction. His advice was real; some of it lived; all of it given with a sincere desire to see future generations make wiser decisions. In the ’70s and ’80s, Bill was proud to be the “neighborhood Dad.”

As his family grew, a special twinkle in his eyes appeared any time a family gathering occurred. Last spring, in preparation for his vow renewal, his sons, Will, Shawn, James, and son-like nephew Max, took him to be fitted for a tuxedo and out to lunch. This simple outing was one of the brightest spots in his final months. Bill enjoyed having everyone together whether the family caravan made its way to Niagara Falls, New York, or Deer Creek Lodge in Mt. Sterling, Ohio. On trips, he had a captive audient to involve others in his two favorite pastimes: music and fishing.  Bill also used that time making family laugh with sly remarks, cracking jokes, and discussing history, current events, politics, and God. He always found time and a quiet spot to sit and marvel at nature’s beauty on these trips.

While aspects of his spiritual life continued to be rooted in his Catholic heritage, he and his wife of fifty years delighted in attending services at Acts of Faith Community Crusade Church, where they were members in good standing. His granddaughter Nia and daughters Tiffany and Twila were ordained as Youth Director, Evangelist, and Lead Pastor, respectively.

Never one to meet a stranger, Bill had a gift for building relationships. Staff members and fellow patients at the OSU Clayton Taylor Dialysis Center were like his second family. Together, this team helped Billy, a proud man and a giver at heart, see the beauty in receiving support. He, in turn, helped create community with others at the facility. Over the years, his pride in being a Viet Nam veteran deepened. Those close to Bill knew he didn’t leave his home without a veteran’s baseball cap on his head. Bill will be laid to rest with full military honors at Dayton National Cemetery.

You need not look hard to see Bill’s values. His legacy will be the smooth way he communicated with people from all walks of life. He reminded us that those who were down on their luck were as deserved of respect as those held in high esteem. His legacy challenges us to give from the heart, without expecting recognition.  Bill reminded us that God could do anything so don’t give up on life. William Henry Lucas III taught us to love, and to him, we say rest in peace, knowing your legacy will continue.

 Bill is survived by his wife of fifty years, Roberta (Brown) Lucas, sons William (Linda) Lucas IV, Shawn Lucas, James Lucas, Daughters Tiffany (Gregory) Gates, Twila Lucas. Grandchildren Nia, Ashley, Darius, Bria, Jena, Jada, Madison, Kyree, Brooklyn, Kam’ron, and Kayla; great-grandson Levi; sister, Mary Teresa Lucas; special friend, James Jones, and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, William Henry Lucas, Jr. and Mildred Elizabeth (Sims) Lucas

Visitation 11:00am and Funeral 12:00pm Thursday, August 26, 2021 at Springhill Baptist Church, 2000 E. 17th Ave.

Interment Friday at Dayton National Cemetery.


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Condolence Messages

  1. Gretchen & David Shivers

    Dearest Family,

    So sorry to hear of the passing of cousin Billy. Please know that he is in the loving arms of our Lord. Please accept our condolences and we will continue to pray for all. Love, Gretchen & David & fam

  2. He was my best friend as well as my Papi truly no words to explain how much not only I but everyone that knew him will miss him. Rip Dad no worries we we take good care of Mama for you!!!

  3. Evelyn L Willis

    William Jr and family, I am sorry for your loss. Just know that god has a plan for everyone and he is at peace now.

  4. Charles and Doris Lucas

    God is the strength of our heart and soul forever.
    May it be a source of inner strength and comfort to know our loving Lord is watching over him
    That he is always by his side.
    Our deepest sympathies are always with you.
    Love you always and forever
    Uncle Dave and Aunt Doris

  5. Shawn,

    I was saddened to learn of the passing of your beloved Papi. My condolences and prayers to you and your family in this dark hour. May God give you all comfort and peace during this time.

  6. The Hemphill Family

    To the Lucas’s family so sorry for your lost. May God loving hand of mercy and grace wrap you in his love and peace.

  7. Twila i am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Know he is truly resting peacefully with the man above and no longer suffering. I am sending warm thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

  8. Twila,

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. May God provide you peace during this time.
    I am so sorry for your loss

  9. Twila,
    my condolences to you and the family in the passing of your dear father. I pray that the strength of our Lord Jesus Christ will carry you all during this time of bereavement. Remember in the words of an old song, “earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal”. God’s grace and sweet peace to you all.

    God bless you,
    Ms. Mae

  10. I am sorry for your loss, Twila, family, and friends. May his memory be a blessing.

  11. Dear Berta,
    Sending loving thoughts and prayers to you and your family. I hope the wonderful memories that you two made with your family will give you some comfort.
    Nancy Draudt

  12. Tuesday Caserta

    Amy and I are very sorry for your loss Berta, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your children.
    Love you ..

  13. Sending prayers and love family. ❤

  14. The Jennings Family

    We express my sincerest sympathy to you and your family. Your loss saddens us. We pray for strength for you and your family. We pray that God will comfort you, watch and guide over you like you’ve never experienced. Our deepest condolences.

  15. My condolences to the Lucas family Mr.Lucas was the neighborhood father figure growing up may he rest in peace

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