William Hayes Bridges
William Hayes Bridges
  • July 10, 1936 - March 24, 2017
  • Little Rock, Arkansas

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William Hayes Bridges, 80, of Little Rock Arkansas, went to be with his Savior Jesus Christ on March 24th, 2017. Bill was born in Batesville, Arkansas on July 10th, 1936. He was a Loving Husband, Father, Brother and a Friend to many, many people. Bill was a retired Veteran of the United States Air Force with close to 30 years of dedicated service to our great country. After retirement, Bill was director of the Arkansas State Veterans Affairs for Widows and Survivors office. Bill loved to watch the ponies run at Oaklawn and would help others understand his successful methods for picking the winner’s. Bill also loved baseball and coached/managed American Legion baseball for many years, giving young men an understanding of the game and helping them to grow into manhood with more tools for success. He loved Golf and was very competitive. Bill was preceded in death by his mother, Oleta Johnson and his younger brother Ray Bridges. Bill is survived by his loving wife Shirley, Sister Linda Johnson in Houston, Texas, Son’s Gregg Burks, Ronnie Burks and Scotty Bridges. Bill also had a wonderful and loving Daughter; Lori Drake, precious Niece Denise Johnson Vaught, 6 Grandchildren, and many, many Great Grandchildren.

A special thanks to son Gregg Burks whom has taken care of Bill and Shirley for the past 10 years. He has been a self-less care-giver and arranged many doctor’s appointments, Emergency room calls, nursing home visits and at Bill’s bedside in Hospice. Also a special thanks to Bill’s daughter Lori Drake whom was a comfort and source of faith to everyone through the many years of failing health. Heaven has gained another Hero…My Hero…My Dad. We will see you soon Daddy…Scott Bridges