He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Peggy C. Sommers; father, Karl Frederick Frank Sommers; mother, Wanita Zehm Sommers; step-mother, Louise Haverty Sommers; brothers, Derrol Sommers, Freddie Sommers; sister Joy S. Adams; and step-son, Danny Carr.
William is survived by daughters, Nila (Vance) Jammes, Teena Enriquez, Wanita (Carroll) Sapp, Lotus Paige; grandchildren, Suzette Smith, Rachel Dorcey, Eason Knox, Raleigh Knox, Sommer Mimns, Beth Courson, Alora Paige, Carmen Carr; and 14 great-grandchildren.
An internment will be in Gadsen, Alabama at the family plot.
Memorial service to be announced at a later date. James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel in charge of arrangements.