Bill Gene Clinton, 1931–2021

Bill Gene Clinton passed away on June 9, 2021 in Visalia, Calif. He was 90 years old. Bill was born on May 18, 1931 in Exeter, Calif. He attended Lincoln Grammar School in Exeter from kindergarten through eighth grade, and graduated in 1945. He then attended Exeter Union High School where he graduated with the senior 49’er class in 1949. In 1952 Bill was drafted into military service and served two years active duty in the United States Marine Corps at the Air Station in Cherry Point, N.C. After serving six more years in the inactive reserves, he received his honorable discharge in 1960. In 1961 he earned his AA degree from C.O.S. after having attended three years of night school. In 1962, Bill was hired by the Tulare County Sheriff Department as a clerk typist, working in the Records Bureau. After working for this department for over 30 years, he chose to retire in 1992. Prior to this time, he and Ruby Watkins McKinney were married in 1968 in Carson City, Nev., and made their home in Exeter. They never had any children.

Bill Gene Clinton

Bill was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church in Snow Hill, N.C. Also, he was a former elective member of the Exeter Veterans Memorial Board, and served 12 years on this board. He was a long time member of the American Legion, Exeter Post No. 94 and past commander; a member of the Death Valley ’49ers organization; a member of the Tulare County Retiree’s Association, and a life member of the Exeter Union High School Alumni Foundation.

Bill is survived by his loving wife, Ruby; several cousins; many nieces and nephews; and by a host of friends.

A Graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at the Exeter District Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Smith Family Chapel, Exeter. Express online condolences at

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