William O. Bristol Jr.


Bill was born in Atlanta, Georgia on January 6, 1943, to the late William Bristol Sr. and Gladys (Tillery) Bristol. He went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 4, 2021.

Bill was a loving husband, a devoted father, great-grandfather, grandfather, brother, uncle and son. He resided in Columbus, Ohio with his devoted brother, Jeffery Bristol.

Bill was the rambunctious oldest son of six children. He attended East High School and ultimately graduated from The Ohio State Barber College. He was an accomplished, respected barber and hair stylist. He married the love of his life, the late Deaconess Ruth E. Bristol on May 17, 1973. Following his marriage to Ruth, he began working at General Motors/Adelphi, Inc. In 2006, after 30 years of service, he retired to a life of leisure and enjoyment.

Bill spent his free time enjoying family events, visiting with friends, fishing and traveling. He loved Jazz and the Blues. B.B. King and Bobby “Blue” Bland were his favorite artist. Viewing western movies and reading western novels were also his favorite past times. He cheered every season for the Cleveland Browns and The Ohio State University Buckeyes, basketball and football.

Bill left a lasting, endearing impression on his entire family. He taught many of them to sail, fish, play card games and grill outdoors. Each New Year, he greeted several family members with a personal visit with his long-time friend Robert Locklear. They practiced this ritual for over 30 years.

Bill is proceeded in death by his parents, William and Gladys Bristol, wife, Ruth Bristol, son, Monte Clark, sisters, Carolyn O’Neal, Jacquelyn Byers and Dorothy Ann Wiley.

He leaves to cherish his memory: Daughters, Arleen (Mark) Russell, Ft. Washington, MD, and Linda Michael (John Hart) of Columbus, OH; Siblings, Margie Ann (Isaac Steve) Johnston, Deborah (Keith) Williams, Jeffrey Bristol, best friend for over 71 years Robert Locklear, and great grandchildren, grand-children, nieces, nephews, and a host of family and friends.

Private Visitation 1:00 PM and Private Funeral Service 2:00 PM Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. (one block east of Noe Bixby, turn North on Lonsdale Rd.). Mask and Social Distancing are required. Interment at Glen Rest.


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  1. Hannah Anderson

    To Jeffrey, Linda, and the Bristol family:

    While our dear loved one is experiencing joys we cannot imagine, I am praying for you that the Lord will bring you warm memories and will comfort and strengthen you as only He can do. I am here if need me. Love.

  2. Hannah Anderson

    To Jeffrey, Linda and the Bristol family:

    While our dear loved one is experiencing joys we cannot imagine, I am praying for you that the Lord will bring you warm memories and comfort and strengthen you as only He can. I am here if you need me. Love,

  3. Diane Gaspard

    To: Arlene & Mark Russel and Family,
    I wish I knew the right words to say to help ease the pain that you are feeling right now. May you find strength in knowing that others care. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to support you during this challenging time. May your father rest in peace…
    Your Cousin,

  4. Earl and Jeanette Lee

    We were saddened to hear that our brother and neighbor had departed this earth. Bill was a great neighbor and friend for over 27 yrs. I’m going to miss seeing and talking with Bill when I work in my yard. He was a kind and generous man who was quick to offer what ever he had if he thought I needed it in order to do a specific job around my home. He was a good neighbor and would call to check on us if he hadn’t seen us out and about for a few days. The Berwick community is diminished by the lost of one of its longtime residents. William O. Bristol Jr. will be missed.

  5. Marsha Coffey

    Extending heart felt sympathy to the Bristol family. May you find strength and comfort in your warm and loving memories

  6. Over the years Bill often quoted a bible verse before the Family Thanksgiving Meal…”In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you”. Father – in – law we rest assured that the lord has prepared a place for you…Your son – in – Law Mark

  7. May his soul rest in peace. Our deep condolences to your family.

  8. Ron Rheinhardt

    To Arleen and Family,

    Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family! May you find peace and comfort during this difficult time. Words alone cannot convey our deepest sympathy but believe through the power of God’s spirit he will provide you and your family everything that you need.

    I will lift you up in prayer! Ron

  9. Dear Arleen and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. May you find peace in the wonderful memories of him. My deepest condolences.

  10. Arleen and family,

    My condolences on the passing of your father. I pray the Lord gives you and your family traveling mercies, as you make your way to the service. You and your family are in my prayers.


  11. I’m sorry for your loss. Hope things get easier for you and your family.

  12. Robert Locklear

    Sorry for your loss, the Locklear Family are praying for you and here to support. We love y’all dearly!
    God Bless your entire family!

  13. Dear Arleen,
    So sorry to hear of the passing of your father – my condolences. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  14. Lorraine Armelin

    Dear Arleen and Family,

    My deepest condolences and prayers are sent to you and family on the loss of you father. May you find solace in the precious memories of your father and the many relatives and friends who continue to hold you and family up in prayer.


  15. Sending my deepest condolences to Jeffrey and the entire Bristol family.

    To be absent from the body is to be in the presence of the Lord!

  16. Cheryl and Steve Latimer

    Dear Arleen and family,
    Our sincere condolences for the loss of your father, father-in-law and grandfather. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  17. Fabienne Goins-Butler

    My deepest condolences to the Bristol Family

  18. Linda Marshall

    Condolences to the family. Praying that our God and comforter wraps His loving arms around each family member.

  19. Uncle Dewitt, Aunt Brenda and Family

    Dear Arleen and Family,

    We are truly sorry to hear of your father’s passing. May pleasant memories sustain you and
    the love of family and friends lift you up.
    May God bless and keep you and give you strength at this difficult time.
    We are here for you.

    The Fortenberry Family

  20. Francis Johnson

    To the family of Billy Bristol sorry for your loss God bless will be in my prayers

  21. Quandours Williams

    To have a big Cousin was always a gas with William O. Jr. When I seen him I always felt bigger, than I was. Thanks.Billy Bristol,

  22. Quandours Williams

    To have a big Cousin was always a gas with William O. Jr. When I saw him I always felt bigger than I was. Thanks.Billy Bristol,

  23. To the Bristol Family,
    You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Cherish all of the great memories with family.
    God bless you all.
    Jesse & Cynthia McKie
    ( Mt Ennon Male Chorus and Gospel Unity Choir)

  24. Theresa and Andrew Banks

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Bristol. I have a great memory of his unique and funny personality-we were over to his home, and he was walking from room to room asking everyone if they had change, for a $100 dollar bill. Of course no one did and of course he had a few choice words for us all. He will truly be missed. So sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences to the entire family.

  25. Arleen and family. I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers as you navigate this challenging time. Reading about Mr. Bristol it sounds like he was a wonderful man who enjoyed life and enriched the lives of his family and community and was well loved by those in his life.

    Wishing you all strength as you deal with this difficult time.

  26. My deepest condolences to you, Arleen, and to your entire family. May you find strength through your faith, peace in quiet times, joy in his legacy and comfort in the knowledge that your father lives on in your life and so many others. I join many in prayer for you through this storm and beyond.

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