Born January 5, 1939, in Charleston, West Virginia, he was the son of the late Charles and Alice Snodgrass Hackney. He attended Rio Grande High School where he was the starting point guard for the 1954-55 Bluemen basketball team that finished 24-2 and was considered one of the best basketball teams to ever come out of Gallia County.
Later in life he was a marathon runner and, at one time, finished the Marine Corps, New York City and Columbus Bank One marathons back-to-back-to back in a 21 day period. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1958-1961 and was stationed at Yakota Air Force Base in Japan.
He retired from Nationwide Insurance in December 1995 as a senior claims manager. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Gallipolis and had previously served as treasurer of Pine Hills Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio, and was a deacon at the Reynoldsburg Baptist Church in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.
Surviving are his wife, Verna Miles Hackney, who he married March 11, 1961, in Eno, Ohio; two sons, Bill "B.P." (Catherine) Hackney, Acworth, Georgia, and Todd (Lara) Hackney, Mililani, Hawaii; three grandchildren, Joseph Hackney, Cody Hackney and Miles Hackney; brother, Richard Hackney, Beverly Hills, Florida; sister, Nettie (Bill) Cross, Racine, Ohio; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Mary Jane and Donavan Brumfield, Karen and Nick Johnson and Cecil and Judy Miles, all of Gallipolis, and James and Jean Ballard, Mulberry, Florida. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Charles Hackney, Harold Hackney, Howard Hackney, and sisters, Betty Shaffer, Bitty Hackney, Ivory Jane Jones Opal Chapman and Ivy Bennett Jones.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, February 4, 2011, in the Cremeens Funeral Chapel, 75 Grape St. Gallipolis, Ohio. Officiating will be Pastor Alvis Pollard. Interment will be in the Robinson Cemetery near Eno, Ohio. Friends may call from 6-9 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home. Active casketbearers are Stoney Johnson, Nick Johnson, Joseph Hackney, Cody Hackney, Walt Brown, Larry Scott. Honorary casketbearers are Carl Atkins, Mike Davis, Rodger Hood and Ted Hanna. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Bill’s honor to the First Baptist Church of Gallipolis, Building Fund, 1100 4th Ave. Gallipolis, Ohio 45631, or Appalachian Community Hospice, 30 Herrold Ave. Athens, Ohio 45701. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting www.cremeensfuneralhomes.com.