Bill N. Boston, 88, a longtime resident of Bryant, passed away Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Bill was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and was loved by all who were fortunate to meet him.
He was born in Wichita, Kan., to Paul W. and Gladys E. Norris Boston, residing in that area for 46 years before moving to Arkansas.
Bill worked in the data processing field, and then went into cemetery property and prepaid funeral sales. He worked for Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander, followed by many years with the Griffin Leggett Funeral Homes and Cemeteries.
A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, Bill was wounded during the sinking of the destroyer, USS Longshaw (DD-559), near the coast of Okinawa on May 18, 1945. He was awarded the Purple Heart for his courageous service to his country. He was also a veteran of the Korean War.
Bill was a 32nd-degree Mason and a member of the Albert Pike Lodge in Wichita. He was also a member of the Park Plaza Lions Club and later the Bryant Lions Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Dale Eric Boston; and his brother, Fred Boston,
He is survived by his wife, Coyla Brooke Boston; a daughter, Jolene K. Gilmore and husband Brian; a son, Greg Boston and wife Sandy; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Bill loved spending time with his family and playing golf. He also loved to travel as long as he was able.
A funeral service with military honors will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9 at Little Rock Funeral Home, officiated by the Rev. Tina Brown. Burial will take place in Wichita at a later date.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Little Rock Funeral Home, 8801 Knoedl Court (northwest corner of I-630 and Barrow Road).
Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Organization, Research Division, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl 17, Chicago, Fl. 60601 or online at www.alz.org .