(William) Bill Staley
1945 - 2023
(William) Bill Staley passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 19, 2023
after a brief illness.
Bill was born on August 18, 1945 to Lena and Fred Staley and grew up in Wells,
NY. He enlisted in the US Navy and served from 1965 to 1969 on the USS Belknap
where he forged many lifelong friendships.
After his discharge he moved back to New York, and ultimately moved to NC in
1974. He worked for a number of years in the electrical supply industry as a sales
and office manager.
Bill always had a quick wit and sharp sense of humor that fueled his creative side.
That creativity and his entrepreneurial spirit inspired him to start several
successful businesses in advertising, screen printing and promotions.
He loved to cook, and won many local and state sponsored cookoffs for BBQ
and Chili. But BBQ was his passion. He created a cooking sauce (BS Sauce) for his
BBQ that was ultimately incorporated into several other products he produced
and sold. He blended his own selection of spices, creating a unique BBQ Rub.
Bill spent many years as a member of the Greensboro JC’s Oldtimers, serving
both on the board and as President of the organization. He spent countless hours
each year cooking at the Oldtimer’s hospitality tent, “rubbing butts” in
preparation for slow cooking his BBQ and socializing with his many friends at the
Wyndham Championship Golf tournament.
Bill was a proud Navy Vet and loved his country. When he learned that the USS
Belknap had an association, he joined, then attended his first USS Belknap
reunion in 2006 in Nashville, TN. He quickly became involved with the association
serving on the board and as President of the association for several years and
never missed a reunion. His dedication made him a driving force in the growth of
He never met a stranger and made friends wherever he went. Whether you were
meeting him for the first time or the hundredth time he always had a hug for you.
He was the life of the party, loved dancing, lived for socializing, and was always
ready to share a cold beer.
He leaves behind his wife of 41 years, Rene Staley, daughter Melisa S. Moore; grandchildren, Kate Moore, Justin Moore (Tristen); granddaughters in Colorado, Amanda Aho (Mike) and Alliy Scott (Chris); great-grandchildren, Lincoln, Naomi, Aspen, Wren and Hawk, and a host of friends who will miss him dearly.
There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday April 6, 2024 at the Greensboro Moose
Lodge 685, 5031 Blakeshire Rd, Greensboro, NC 27406. Time is yet to be determined.
If you choose to honor Bill’s life with a contribution, we ask that you consider
supporting the USS Belknap Association.
USS Belknap Association
82964 Ash Lane
Creswell, OR 97426
Please mark your check In memory of Bill Staley.