William Snyder Saulsbury, enjoyed gardening, entertaining

December 22, 2022

William “Bill” Snyder Saulsbury, 72, of Pinehurst, N.C., passed away at his home Monday, Dec. 19, 2022.

Bill was born in State College, Pa., son of the late Edward and Barbara Ann Saulsbury. When he was a young man, Bill’s family moved to Delaware. After high school graduation, he joined the international group Up With People, traveling the world and helping those in need. Eventually, he taught English at the school of Berlitz in Madrid, Spain, where he met Mercedes Garcia-Ontiveros. They married Dec. 29, 1971, and soon started a family after returning to America. Bill and his wife worked at Governor Bacon while he was also earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware. Bill worked in the poultry industry for many years. His last years of service were with Mountaire Farms as director of technical services.

Bill’s personality was larger than life. He loved giving back to his community, working in his yard, tending to his beautiful gardens, photography, entertaining at his home and many other hobbies. One of his favorite charities/community events was Project Santa.

He is preceded in death by his father Edward, mother Barbara, and brother Eddie.

He is survived by his wife, Mercedes Saulsbury; son, William “Joe” Saulsbury; and daughter, Mercedes Anne Saulsbury. He is also survived by his brother, John “Bobby” Saulsbury (Linda); his niece, Diana; nephew, JD Maull; and grandnieces, Jaidyn and Gabriel “Gabby.” He also leaves behind his faithful companion, Shadow, his beloved black lab, and the late Nyla.

A burial will be private and a celebration of life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, make donations in Bill’s memory to Project Santa of the Sandhills,

Online condolences may be made at

Services are entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Pinehurst.

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