He was educated in the city schools and graduated from Reynolds High School. In 1943, while attending Davidson College, he was drafted to serve in the United States Army.
He served as a Corporal in Battery C, 205th Anti-Aircraft Artillery, Automatic Weapons Battalion, on Fiji, New Guinea, and Mindoro Island until 1945. Upon his return from the war he graduated from Davidson College and married his childhood sweetheart, Sarah Mae Teague of Greensboro, NC. They began their life together in Asheboro, NC where he was employed by Union Carbide.
His career with Union Carbide took him to Greenville, NC in 1955 and then to Dallas, TX in 1968. He retired and moved to Lehigh, FL in 1981.
Bill grew up in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and in his later years attended St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Winston Salem. Bill was a devoted husband and father and was an active member of the Episcopal Church throughout his life. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing, skeet shooting, bird watching and camping with his family.
Bill also loved family genealogy and was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Rockingham County, NC Historical Society.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sarah; a daughter, Sarah Adele Chance Hanie; and his sister, Annette Wilson Chance Jones. After the passing of his wife in 1999 he returned to Winston Salem where he lived the rest of his life.
Surviving are his son, Richard Sadler Chance, and daughter-in-law, Christie Ann Chance, of Winston Salem; two grandsons, one great grandson, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
A private memorial service will be held at Salem Cemetary.