William J. Coburn, 81, of Bryant, known to some as Bill and to others as J.D., but most importantly as Daddy and Granddaddy died on Wednesday, August 31, in Bryant. He was born on May 14, 1930 in Saline County to Mancle and Nora Ray Coburn. He served in the Army during the Korean War. Bill was a Mason for over 50 years, and a charter member of the Adoniram Chapter of the Eastern Star #604. He was a longtime member of Mabelvale United Methodist Church and the Open Door Sunday School Class. In earlier years, he served as Head of the Commission on Education and also and Usher. Bill retired from Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and Coburn Auto Sales.
His hobbies were deer hunting, gardening, making knives, traveling with his wife, Carol of 55 years. His unusual wit and quick comments brought many smiles to the faces of friends and relatives.
Preceeding him in death, his parents and two brothers, Waymon and Bert Coburn.
He is survived by his loving wife, Carol Prickett Coburn, a daughter, Mary Jane High and husband, Frank of Benton, a son, Jay Coburn and wife, Tara of McGehee, six grandchildren, Amanda, Will, Jake, Jayse, Cale, and Jackson and one great grandchild, Eli.
Pallbearers will be Bill Coburn, Jeff Wooley, Charles Spencer, Darrell Williams, Gerald Moses, and Bill Dunkum.
Honorary Pallbearers will be R.C.Coburn, Randy Wooley, and Cliff Morehart.
Chapel Services by Ashby Funeral Home will be on Saturday, September 3, at 1 p.m. The Rev. Bob Marble of Mabelvale United Methodist Church will be officiating. Internment will follow at Forest Hills Cemetery in Alexander.
Visitation will be at Ashbys, Friday, Sept. 2, 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorials in his honor can be made to Mabelvale United Methodist Church 10500 Woodman, Mabelvale, Arkansas 72103
Online guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com