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Jonny Mac Bittinger, age 71

Jonny Mac Bittinger, 71, of Vilonia, died November 25 in Little Rock. He was born December 2, 1947, in Grady. He graduated from Grady High School and from Clinton Community College, Plattsburgh, NY. He served in the United States Navy and was a Vietnam War veteran.

He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Alta Bittinger of Grady, two brothers: Danny Lee Bittinger of Little Rock and Larry Green Bittinger of Metairie, LA, and one sister, Jean Dafford of Lafayette, LA.

He is survived by a daughter, Tracey Lynn Leep (Rob) of Panama City, FLA, and a son, Stacy Joe Blaise of Schenectady, NY; four granddaughters: Abigail Leep, Gabrielle Leep, Destiny Blaise (Shane Welch), and Johndra Blaise ; two grandsons: Tyler Blaise and Logan Cade Blaise; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Bill D. Bittinger of Winnsboro, SC, and Jerry Bittinger of Conway, and two sisters: Carol Felkins of Greenbrier, and Betty Jo Middleton (Howard) of Alexandria, VA; nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas.   501-982-3400


  • Robert Dafford Posted November 25, 2019 8:15 PM

    I’m glad I knew him all those years ago but especially when we were children, running like wild creatures in the woods behind Grammas house, building treehouses and camps, rope swings, zip lines, and contraptions. Catching jars full of fireflies . And of course chores, in Grampas gardens, sheds, fences, gates. Sleeping and playing in homemade rooms and spaces. The Bittinger’s endless creativity and skills, needed to make everything they had, had the most powerful influence on me as an artist

  • Nancy McCormick – Parker Posted November 26, 2019 5:20 AM

    So very sorry for your loss 💕💕

  • Richard Dafford Posted November 26, 2019 9:55 AM

    Thanks for so many wonderful childhood memories. The 3 story treehouse, the briar patch fort, catching snakes and throwing knives. I know that you aren’t gone, you have begun the next part of your journey. Love you.

  • Tom Posted November 26, 2019 6:31 PM

    Sorry for your loss.

  • Dorrit Caufield, Member of VUMC Posted November 27, 2019 5:15 PM

    How he is missed at the Vilonia UMC where he attended during the last few years–he was always so faithful in his attendance while still able and always had a smile on his face and a friendly hello to each of us. Have not known where or how to contact him since he left the Vilonia area. Am sure he is at peace now.

  • Kathleen R. McIntire Posted November 28, 2019 10:09 PM

    Dear Uncle Jonny, I am so glad I had you growing up in my life. You always took the time to ask me about me. When I was older, you’d always GET me right away. You’re one of them Daffords. It was a great laugh. Thank you for always caring. Love you always.

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