William Hayes “Bill” Milner, Jr., age 71 of Malvern, died Sunday, October 7, 2018 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Little Rock. He was born on April 19, 1947 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas to the late William Hayes Milner, Sr. and Ruth Ellen Sprangle Milner. Reared and receiving his early education in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, he later attended Oklahoma State University. He completed a course of study in computer networking from Southern Arkansas Tech University. He was a United States Marine Corps veteran, having served in Viet Nam as a helicopter crew chief. He was awarded the Purple Heart as well as other medals and commendations.
Bill retired from International Paper Company in Camden and moved to Malvern in 2003. He was also a carpenter for many years and worked for Davis Lumber Company for 12 years. He was an active member of the Church of Faith, where he played in the church band. An accomplished harmonica player, he loved music. An avid reader, he also was fond of travelling and enjoyed being outdoors. He was a doting grandfather to his beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Hambly Pitts Milner, to whom he was married on October 15, 2011; by his children, Matthew Milner of Malvern, Aaron Milner of Hot Springs, Callie Milner of Hawaii, and April Easter and her husband, Victor, of Hot Springs; his step-children, Alisa Reichelt, Jenny Pitts, Jacob Pitts, and Jesse Pitts, all of Hot Springs; three brothers, Mike Milner of Egan, Texas, John Milner of Burleson, Texas, and Donnie Milner of Aurora, Colorado; 20 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Bill was also preceded in death by his first wife and the mother of his children, DeeDee Corker Milner.
Graveside service will be held at ten o’clock on Saturday morning, October 13, 2018 at Morning Star Cemetery in Hot Springs with Military Honors.
Memorial service will follow at 11:30 a.m. at the Church of Faith on Wilson Street in Malvern.
Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.