C. W. “Bill” Golenor of Benton went to be with our Lord on Dec. 31, 2012. He was born on April 14, 1927, in Malvern, to the late Ernest and Lucille Golenor. Mr. Golenor served in the Naval Air Corps in World War II. He ran away from home to ride the ponies at Oaklawn at age 15. When World War II broke out, he wanted to serve his country and lied about his age and went in the Navy a year earlier than was legal. He ended up as a waist gunner on a B-17 bomber serving in the Pacific.
He came out as a disabled vet, spending a large portion of eight years in the Army/Navy hospital in Hot Springs. He was retired from the U.S. Postal Service as a rural letter carrier out of the Mabelvale Post Office.
With his wife as the designer and him as the builder, together they built many homes in the Little Rock and Mabelvale area. His love for his many brothers and sisters was always first and foremost. That love was extended to his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren when they came along. Nothing made him happier than putting on a fish fry for the family. A good card game or a day at Oaklawn watching the ponies run were just a couple of his favorite hobbies.
Mr. Bill’s last years were made much happier by two special women, caregivers Becky Laurent and Shelley Robertson. They joked with him, made sure he had his ice cream, watched hours of his favorite TV program “Everybody Loves Raymond“ and read the newspaper to him each and every day.
Without them, he would not have been able to stay in his home and have Abby with him in his last days. Also, a special thanks go out to the Arkansas Hospice for getting him and the family through those last days.
He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Joe Rene Shores Golenor; his brothers, Raymond Golenor and Eddie Golenor; three sisters, Marguerite Sider, Helen Herrin and Judy Brown.
He is survived by one son, David M. Golenor and wife Patsy of Hot Springs; two daughters, Kathy Shelton and husband Joey of Benton and Mary Jayne Green and husband David of Roland; four grandchildren, Michelle Koonce and husband John of Gulf Shores, Ala., Jennifer Martin and husband Kenny of DeQueen,Rebecca Green of Bentonville and Chase Shelton of Benton; seven great-grandchildren, Alex, Jalyn and Anna Koonce and Kayla, Kade, Maddie, and Jake Martin; three sisters, Marian Moseley and husband Kenneth of Maumelle, Nancy Brown of Sardis, and Pat Foster and husband Curtis of Little Rock; two brothers-in-law, Johnie Brown of Benton and Jeff McIlroy of Mabelvale; two sisters-in-law, Mae Golenor of Little Rock and Jimmy Meyer and husband Ron of Mabelvale; many nieces and nephews; and last but not least, his loving dog, Abby.
A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home in Bryant.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations should be made to the Arkansas Hospice Association at 14 Parkstone Circle, North Little Rock, AR 72113, or the Disabled American Veterans at P. O. Box 1620, North Little Rock, AR 72115.
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