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  1. JJim Barnes
    July 4, 2021 @ 10:48 am

    Known Bill over 45 yrs married his niece Gerri Martin! The thing that impressed me with Bill was always his drive to work so hard! He always had something going on in his life to stay Busy ! Don’t know his kids real well but what little I have been around them I liked!wanda and Bill did a great job raising military kids! Witch can’t be easy?


  2. Vicki Chritton-Myers
    July 4, 2021 @ 4:12 pm

    Dad, you were my hero. You taught me the value of a hard day’s work. To be honest. Respect others. You could be tough at times, but you were fair. As we used to say in parting, “Keep your head down an lean forward in the foxhole.”


  3. Randy Roberson
    July 5, 2021 @ 2:31 pm

    What can you say about a guy like Bill? While talking and laughing about a few snow flakes at an old high school foot ball game or flying through a thunderstorm he remained the consummate leader and encourager, always taking the time for, and picking up so many along the way. I am reminded of the verse in Mathew, what you do unto the least of these, you do unto me. I have an old Cessna 150 that’s got his name etched somewhere on it, I’m sure. Rest in Peace Colonel Chritton. What a ride!


  4. Melinda (Burgess) King
    July 5, 2021 @ 9:20 pm

    Bill was one of the most outstanding men I’ve known in my life. Quality. Integrity. Down to earth. Always had a smile for me. Wanda and family I know your hearts are hurting but let the image of his Heavenly reunion soothe your souls. He really has wings now.


  5. Janine
    July 6, 2021 @ 5:13 pm

    You were an inspiration to many. Thank you for the vision. Thank you for the opportunities. And thank you for the many lives you touched. And thank you for those strawberries!

    Till we meet again… RIP


  6. Steve Brixey
    July 6, 2021 @ 10:52 pm

    Oh my Uncle Hero!! Bill was so special in my life!! I loved hanging out him during the early Air Evac year’s and helping with the hot air balloon races in Springfield. People know he was very special in my life!! I will surely miss my HERO!!


  7. Amber(Cozort)Redburn
    July 7, 2021 @ 8:45 am

    Mrs. Wanda Chritton, Chritton Children/Families,

    We want to extend our deepest sympathy to all of you on the passing of Bill. He always had a smile on his face and a wonderful personality. He will be missed. During this difficult time we will be praying for all of you and may God give each of you peace, comfort, encouragement, and strength. May God bless all of you.
    In Christian Love,
    Norris/Ivene Cozort


  8. Kathy Beaty
    July 7, 2021 @ 9:27 am

    To Bill’s family ,
    You’re in my thoughts and prayers for comfort.
    Cherish his memory.
    Bill was a wonderful guy.
    May he rest in peace.

    My Mother Katherine Skaggs Bray also sends you her sympathy. She graduated with Bill & Wanda.
    Kathy (Bray) Beaty


  9. Anita (Falwell) Riley
    July 13, 2021 @ 1:47 pm

    I remember Bill as a handsome young man. His family lived down the road from my grandparents country store. So many good memories of the Chritton clan! We need more men like Bill! May God comfort his family!


  10. Paul Weygandt
    October 2, 2021 @ 6:29 pm

    I was honored to know Bill. During my years as an orthopedic surgeon in West Plains I had numerous opportunities to work with him. Most importantly, he taught me to fly (and to truly enjoy strawberries). I also learned not to ask questions like “What is a tailspin?” During a flight lesson. He had me put my airplane into a tailspin, then fortunately shared how to get out of it. I haven’t seen him in over thirty years, but it still seems like yesterday. He was one of the most honorable people I have ever known.


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