In Memory


William David Needle

70, died May 30, 2018. Visit. June 1 today 5-7 PM at the church. Celebration of Life 10 AM June 2. First Presbyterian Church N Mill St.
Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on June 1, 2018

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06/01/18 04:08 PM #1    

Stephanie Katz (Farley)

Bill was in town this past winter and recognized me while I was at work at Barnes and Noble. It was so nice to see him again. I remember him from elementary school where he was friends with my cousin.

06/01/18 04:37 PM #2    

Willard "Gil" Ratcliff

We shared memories of American Legion baseball and many other experiences through the years, in person and via email.

Bill was a wonderful compassionate guy. I will miss him dearly.

W. Gil Ratcliff

06/02/18 09:39 AM #3    

James Price

Bill was my locker partner at Heights. I have great memories of the fun times we shared. We were in many classes together and played sports in the neighborhood playgrounds. He was a great friendly guy and will be missed.

06/02/18 10:15 AM #4    

Charles Peterman


               Bill Needle was an awesome Guy. Very compassionate about life and people. I cannot believe he has departed. He was in my Homeroom and we had Fun and enjoyed discussing many topics, especially "The Browns" & "Indians". He made life Fun and would always Cheer me up, especially during those long wintery days in Cleveland. He was a loyal Friend and Life will not be as upbeat without him. Rest in peace Bill, I hope you are enjoying walking the streets of gold. 

Chuck Peterman....."CHHS 65" 

06/02/18 11:51 AM #5    

David Brown

Obituary for William "Bill" David Needle

William "Bill" David Needle, a 10-year resident of Lexington, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Bill is survived by his loving wife, Sally Mudd Chapman Needle, his cherished daughter, Cameron Needle Teacoach, son-in-law Jon Teacoach, grandson Bennett, sister Geri Weiss, brother-in-law Allan Weiss, and three step-children, Amy, Marc and Steven. He was preceded in death by parents Alice and Manny Needle. With Bill's marriage to Sally he was welcomed into their large and loving family with many new brothers, sisters, children and grandchildren. He is also remembered by many cousins, friends and colleagues from coast to coast. Bill was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on February 13, 1948. Bill was a true renaissance man. He was a teacher, mentor, radio show host, and sports personality in Cleveland, Atlanta and Lexington. With a life long love of learning Bill earned a Master's in History at age 69 from the University of Kentucky. Prior to becoming a Wildcat (well an alumni and modest fan) Bill was a proud Polar Bear having graduated from Ohio Northern University in 1970 as a member of the Sigma Pi Fraternity. His time at Ohio Northern was filled with making life long friends, being a starting pitcher on the baseball team and honing his craft and love of sports as the Manager/Statistician for the basketball team. A time and place that Bill always remembered and will always remember him.

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Services to be held in memory of Bill:
Visitation on June 1, 2018, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
Celebration of Life Service on June 2, 2018 at 10 a.m.
Both to be held at at:
First Presbyterian Church Lexington
174 North Mill Street
Lexington, KY 40507

06/02/18 12:51 PM #6    

Avi (Allan) Weiss

I remember Bill fondly from elementary school through Heights. We shared many athletic events as we played baseball and basketball together on the same teams. He played hard and always gave 110%. May his memory continue to be a blessing to all who will miss him.

06/02/18 05:55 PM #7    

Gary Lichtenstein

Bill was one of the first people I met at Roosevelt when I moved to Cleveland in 7th grade. He was always friendly and fun to be around. I am glad I had the opportunity to catch up with him at our reunion and hear how happy he was at that time in his life. 

06/02/18 08:59 PM #8    

Marvin Komerofsky

I first met Bill in the summer before 6th grade when our family moved in down the street from his. We remained close friends through school, but after college, our careers took us in different geographic directions. From time -to-time fellow classmate, (any my cousin), Jay Miller, would let me know how and what Bill was doing.

One of the highlights of the 2015 reunion was reconnecting with Bill and getting to meet his future wife, Sally. More recently, our lives intersected again when one of his cousins and my nephew married.

Bill was truly one of he "good guys". To his family and many friends, Bill will be missed, but not forgotten.

06/03/18 12:42 AM #9    

Scott Bloch (Bloch)

So sorry to hear about Bill. We tried to catch up at the last reunion. Far too many years for all of the stories. We've been sending e-cards at birthdays. Rest in peace my old friend.

06/03/18 04:29 PM #10    

Janice Miller (Apple)

I ran into Bill a few times at sporting events when he lived in Atlanta. He was so kind to get a basketball signed by the Hawks to be donated to an auction for my boys team. 

My last contact with Bill was after I saw him on Jeopardy!  a couple of years ago. Although he didn’t win, he did play a good game and I sent him a note to congratulate him. He wrote back to say it was the second time he embarrassed himself on tv. The first time being in college when he was on the team representing his school...and they didn’t win then either. 

My condolences to his wife and family.



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