William “Bill” Thomas Schmidt

January 07, 1951 – June 28, 2021

Obituary For William “Bill” Thomas Schmidt

On Monday, June 28, 2021, William Thomas “Bill” Schmidt, loving husband, father, and grandfather passed away at the age of 70.

Bill was born on January 7, 1951 in New York, NY. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Joya Christie Schmidt, his daughters Kelly and Jodi and their mother Linda DuFresne Schmidt. He helped nurture and raise Joya’s three sons, David, Charlie, and Jonathan Foley.

Bill’s passion for music and for fishing were unmatched. His love of music was shared and passed on to his daughters, granddaughters, stepsons, and grandsons – and his songs were an expression of the deep love he had for his family. His recordings will be cherished by all. Bill’s patience was no more apparent than when he was fishing, he enjoyed passing along his expertise to anyone who would listen and loved recruiting new fishermen. He was known for his warm smile and his kind and compassionate spirit.

Bill was preceded in death by his father, William Henry Schmidt, mother Elizabeth Deacon, and his sister Elizabeth Holdsworth. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Joya- daughters Kelly (Michael) Verlatti, Jodi (Brad) Warhanek and his much-adored granddaughters, Olivia and Ella Warhanek and his sisters, Theresa (John) Sorensen, Penny Deacon (Kathie), Sandy (Dom) Patamia, Kristy Blankeny, Brenda Griego and Linda Apocada, his stepmother Linda Sigman, his stepsons David (Kathie), Charlie and Jonathan (Laura) Foley and their children, Brittany (Brandon) Watts, Steven (Michelle) Tavenner, Seth, Wyatt and Gabriel Foley, Joya’s sister in law, Vivian Christie, her brothers, Gary (Francis) Christie, Dan (Sarah) Christie and their children. He will be fondly remembered by his nieces, and nephews, chosen family and countless friends.

Bill worked as a Project Manager at Aptar in Atlanta, Georgia for the past 14 years. He was a very dedicated to his job and had a fondness for all his co-workers. He always ended the day with the song “Happy Trails to You . . . Until We Meet Again.”

A celebration of life is planned for Saturday, July 24 at Jones-Wynn Funeral Home, Douglas Chapel in Douglasville, Georgia with visitation at 10 AM and service beginning at 11 AM. Reverend Joe Bryce of Providence Presbyterian Church, where Bill was a faithful member and elder, will officiate along with Rabbi Lydia Medwin from The Temple in Atlanta, where Joya has worked for 18 years. The services will be streamed on the Jones-Wynn Funeral home Facebook page for those who cannot join in person.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (afsp.org) or The Atlanta Music Project (atlantamusicproject.org).

Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.jones-wynn.com. Jones-Wynn Funeral Home & Crematory of Douglasville is in charge of the arrangements. 770-942-2311




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2189 Midway Road
Douglasville, GA 30135
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I worked with Bill over 17 years. He was a kind, gentle, good person that I will always remember. He will be missed by a lot of colleagues.
– Terrence Green
Sometimes they say you never appreciate something until it’s gone, but I appreciated how Bill kept us safe here at Aptar everyday. He would always get on us about leaving the side door open or leaving the heaters plugged in but I know that if we forgot Bill is not going to miss it. He would always check on us in the lab and he’s not moving from the door until we give him a thumbs up. He would always ask if we’re ok and everyone in our family, and would sometimes share his family stories. I appreciated it ALL. It just so happens that our last conversation was him making sure I closed the warehouse door that we opened to move the lab, which I told everyone he would lol, because that’s bill, always making sure we’re safe. Rest Well Bill.
– Sasha-Gaye Buckmaster
I am heartbroken I will not be able to learn more about our family and get to know you more. We may not have grown up together by we were family. I will always carry you in my heart forever❣️ Love Brenda your Baby Sis❣️
– Brenda Griego
So sorry for your loss. We met Bill for the first time at Lizzy’s and instantly loved his personality. His musical talent was wonderful and always enjoyed listening to him play guitar and sing. Rest In Peace Billy. Melinda and Ron
– Melinda Ramsey
– Jane Epperly Davis
As I sit here watching the clouds so still, waiting for the rains, the loss of my brother is heartbreaking, as it is to all of us. I thought about writing so much about Billy, but it will all be said by all of you. As you get ready for bed tonight, close your eyes and hear Billy sing the music he shared with us all. I know this may not bring solace to you, but I must try. As I close my eyes tonight…before I sleep, I will hear Billy sing “Shower Thee People”, by J. Taylor, because I know that this song expresses what Billy wants us all to do. I LOVE YOU BILLY! REST IN PEACE MY BROTHER, love you always…Theresa
– Theresa Schmidt Sorensen
Joya & Family. So sorry for the loss of Bill. PRAYING for GOD to WRAP his LOVING ARMS around you and family to COMFORT you DURING this DIFFICULT time. Love Vicki Epperly.
– Vicki Epperly
Bill was such a compassionate person. I enjoyed our talks on the phone. He always had a positive spin on whatever situation occurred. His wit and humor always made me smile. “that’s Bull Schmidt” instead of BS… his words.. I will miss him dearly and feel very blessed to have known him. My prayers are with his family during this very difficult time.
– Charlene A Smith
Bill was one of the most honest, caring and gentle person I have ever known/worked with. I have know him for about 15 years and he never had a cross word for anyone. He will be greatly missed by all who had the opportunity to know him.
– Mike Wright

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