Patrick Henry College
Long-time and beloved PHC Board of Trustee member Wilfred S. Templeton passed away Sunday evening, May 19, at about 11 p.m. He had suffered a severe stroke, which is believed to have been the cause of death. The campus flag flew at half-staff throughout the day.
“I had just talked with him on Wednesday,” said President Graham Walker. “He was full of life and full of plans when we talked. It seems too soon, despite his age. His wife, Ann, passed away last year, and they are together in the Lord's presence.”
Dr. Walker requested prayers for the Templeton family.
Wilfred S. “Bill” Templeton, well known for his generosity toward Patrick Henry College and for his philanthropic involvement in many worthwhile causes, was born in Union Grove, NC and graduated from Jonesville High School, Jonesville, NC. Mr. Templeton attended Appalachian State College and Clevenger College of Business Administration.
He began his automotive career in the 1950’s at B&L Motor Company, an Olds-Cadillac dealer in N. Wilkesboro, NC. During the next 17 years he worked in the metro Washington, DC, area working his way up from a new and used car salesman to general manager and partner.
In 1971, he opened Templeton Olds in Vienna, VA, as dealer principal. In 1986 he moved to Florida and in 1987 opened a Toyota Dealership in Sarasota. In 1988 he opened Ft. Myers Toyota. Templeton sold his Sarasota dealership in 1991. To date, Mr. Templeton’s Ft. Myers Toyota Dealership is the seventh largest in the United States.
Mr. Templeton has real estate holdings in North Carolina, Virginia and Florida. He is on the Board of Trustees for Patrick Henry College and is a member of the First Baptist Church of Sarasota. Mr. Templeton supports qualifying nonprofit organizations, Judeo-Christian faith-based ministries and other religious institutions, health and human services and education through The Templeton Foundation.