Bill Spoon, operator of Bill Spoon's BBQ on South Blvd in Charlotte died Friday, August 24. He was 78. I consider it an honor to be able to have called this man a friend, and a pleasure to have been able to eat his eastern NC style bbq on many an occasion. Bill exhibited qualities of trust, loyalty, and compassion to his fellowman that are rarely seen this day and time. While his grandchildren continue to run the restaurant, it will never be the same, although knowing their lineage, I'm sure they will continue to do well.
We lived in the Hickory area for over 15 years and were estatic when we found out there was an eastern NC bbq joint relatively close by, since both my wife and I are eastern NC natives. We began to regularly drive to Charlotte, sometimes 3 or 4 times a month to eat bbq. Soon, our trips became as much a social occasion to sit and talk with Bill, than a vinegar-based swine lovefest.
If you've ever had an opportunity to eat bbq from Bill Spoon's, the next time you sit down to eat bbq, remember Bill and thank God for him when you say the blessing.