William "Bill" Six was born on November 26, 1927, in Big Lake, Texas, to Dillard C. and Cora Hazlewood Six. The family moved to Vienna, West Virginia, when Bill was nine years old. Bill attended Neale School and later received his GED (General Equivalency Diploma) from Wood County Schools in December of 1959.
Bill worked at Universal Glass Company, from which he took a leave of absence beginning on October 17, 1945, to join the United States Navy. He served on the U.S.S. Mattaponi AO-41 from 1946 until his discharge on December 2, 1948, whereupon he returned to work at Universal Glass. While employed there, Bill was active in the Union. He was the Union organizer and international representative for the International Aluminum, Brick and Glass Workers, AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor, Congress of International Organizations). This union later became known as the Steelworkers, AFL-CIO. Bill retired in 1984.
Bill Six was dedicated to improving his community. Public service was a very important priority for Bill. He served on Vienna City Council from 1959 through 1961, and ran again for City Council in 1993 and 1997, winning both times. During his terms, he served as liaison to the City of Vienna's Public Works Department. He was also on the executive boards of the West Virginia Municipal League and the National League of Cities.
Bill married Eleanor Sheppard on October 14, 1950. He and Eleanor were blessed with four children (Jay, Jon, Jill (Johnson), and Jamie Six) and eight grandchildren. Bill was a member of the American Legion Post 15 and enjoyed playing golf. He attended the Cornerstone Gospel Church with his wife, Eleanor.
Bill passed away January 29, 1999. Memorial contributions were sent from friends and family all over Wood County. Therefore, the family decided to create a lasting memorial fund in his name that to provide a scholarship that could be given out each year. Since Bill was always so proud of his community and always wanting to help others, the fund is set up to provide support for someone living in Vienna who plans to continue their education.