William Franklin Ottinger Jr.

william ottinger

June 25, 1940 ~ February 14, 2024

Born in: Augusta, Georgia
Resided in: Sandy Springs , Georgia

Novelist, writer, painter, historian, fly fisherman, art gallery owner, trust and investment banking professional, father, husband, and friend. Willam Franklin Ottinger, Jr. passed away peacefully early Wednesday morning at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta on February 14 at the age of 83. Bill was surrounded by his loving wife and his family. The son of the late William Franklin Ottinger, Sr. and Margaret Britton Ottinger. He is preceded in death by his grandson, Scott Phillip Hunt, Jr. Bill is survived by his wife Sandra Cobble Ottinger, three children Kelle Ottinger Hunt, Kriste Ottinger Sanders (David), and Trip Ottinger (Hollie), his grandchildren Alex Hunt (Kate), Claire Moroney (Connor), Chris Roof (Brittany), Maggie Roof, Sandy Sanders, Jack and Anna Ottinger, two great grandchildren and his faithful cat, Gus.

A graduate of Emory University, Bill was a renaissance man who was great at many things, from being a Napoleonic plastic figure modeler, ​​an art form in which he gained international recognition as a Grand Master painter, to an award winning author of books such as A Season for Ravens, The Savannah Betrayals, and The Last Van Gogh. On his last fly fishing trip in the North Georgia mountains, he landed a 20 inch brown trout, the catch of the day.

Bill was a great friend and colleague. He possessed a wide range of knowledge, skills, and talents that he shared with such a wide range of individuals and organizations. He will always be remembered, greatly appreciated, loved, and missed.
Bill will have his ashes scattered in the marshes of Savannah, Georgia, where he spent many years fishing with his father. In Bill’s memory, donations can be made to the Humane Society and Trout Unlimited.
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” – John 14:1-3

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    • CandleImageSo very sorry for your loss. We had some really good times with Sandra and Bill at Jamaica Inn. God bless you Bill we always learned so much talking to you and Sandra. You were one smart man! Prayers for the family!

  1. CandleImageWe are heartbroken for your loss. We will be praying for the healing of your hearts and a comfort in the knowledge that his race has been won. We are loving you from afar.

  2. CandleImageBill and I send our love and prayers to all the family. We know you will miss him. Praying that God’s love will surround and comfort you during this time of loss and grief. Seeing the photo of Bill reading a book reminded me that he loved to write. We enjoyed reading several of his books.

  3. CandleImageThanks Bill for all of the input and critques of my current book. You will be missed by the Critique Group. You were well loved and respected. I will miss the literary times sitting in your dining room w/cases of wine being delivered from your European trips. I will miss you.

  4. CandleImageI met Bill in the early 70s through Ron Werman at his home when he was selling Historex and little general figures. Have known and have talked and have had drinks with Bill many many times through the year. Always was glad to see him at the shows, wondering what new piece he had created And painted. I will miss him a lot. RIP

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