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William Dalzell Faggard (Bill), age 66

William Dalzell Faggard (Bill) was born March 12,1956 to Joseph Ward Faggard and Ruth Dalzell Faggard. He was the youngest sibling of four and was a very happy little boy growing up in California and then Texas. He was the family comedian at the dinner table, often reducing us all to laughter.

Bill was a man of many hats; literally and figuratively, from his adored Donald Duck and Robin Hood hats from family trips to Disneyland to his various ball caps from work or his beloved Razorbacks. He spent his work life making a better world for others. He began his work life delivering the Houston Chronicle to neighbors. He worked for years as counselor and eventually program director at Camp La Junta in Hunt, Texas. He worked for Halfway House of San Antonio before moving to Little Rock, AR and beginning a career with Camp Aldersgate. He had great ideas for making camp a more accessible, more exciting, and more meaningful place for children with disabilities from all parts of AR. His years of being a constant presence there created lifelong memories for many families.

Although he dealt with many physical and medical challenges, after retirement he found pleasure in following his favorite sports teams and the companionship of favorite pets who loved his lap and his pats.

After a short illness, Bill passed away on October, 10th. His family will gather to celebrate his life next spring. Our memories of our years with Bill will be with us always. He will not be forgotten.

He leaves behind sisters Susan Reedy of Little Rock and Melinda Base of Beaverton, OR; Nieces Melissa Westfall and Kathryn Green  (Little Rock), Elizabeth Verner-Cole (Portland, Or) and Nephews Michael Torres-Franco (Albuquerque) and William Verner (Woodinville, WA); cousins Beverly Speak (Claremont, Ca) and Steve Garrott (Covington, La); as well as numerous grandnieces and grandnephews.

Cremation arrangements are under the trusted direction of  A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400.  Bill’s online guestbook is available at


  • Barbara Lyle Posted October 12, 2022 4:20 PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. Bill was a staunch advocate of Camp Aldersgate and those it served. He will be missed by many. He had a huge heart for the campers and their families.

  • Lori Ann Posted October 12, 2022 4:37 PM

    Bill was my first “boss” as I was a counselor at Camp Aldersgate throughout high school and into college. He felt more like a mentor and friend, and inspired a lot of smiles, created a place where I gained confidence, and is a huge part of why I work with youth in outdoor education today. This morning, I woke up thinking fondly of him and how great his impact was on me and on what I do now, and then saw this 💔 I’m forever grateful to him, his kind words, his attitude, and all that he created at Camp Aldersgate. “There is a place, that’s dear to my heart…” 💚

  • Cathy Engelkes Posted October 12, 2022 5:01 PM

    I knew Bill from Camp Aldersgate. He was an inspiration and joy to be around. Always the life of the camp!

  • Becki Swindell Posted October 12, 2022 5:33 PM

    Rest In Peace Bill. I have many fond memories working with him at diabetes camp.

  • Liza Murray Posted October 12, 2022 7:10 PM

    Bill had an immeasurable sphere of influence. As a mentor and supervisor to decades of camp counselors and the face of the camp to countless campers, he absolutely made this world a better place and so many of the people he influenced have responded with the pursuit of careers and goals to help others. Camp Aldersgate was such an impactful place to so many people and a huge part of why that was the case was due to Bill’s guidance and example. I am grateful to consider myself a small part of his sphere of influence and will always cherish the many summers I was able to spend with Bill as my boss and mentor and friend.

  • Nik Purifoy Posted October 12, 2022 7:20 PM

    Bill was a great man. I met him as a volunteer at Camp Aldersgate and of course as a Jr counselor then counselor. He always wanted to find new and better ways to help others. He will hold always a special place in my heart. This is not good by but simply, a see you later moment. With much love, Rest in peace Bill.

  • Debbie Jackson Posted October 12, 2022 7:22 PM

    I was a volunteer for Camp for several years and was always impressed with Bills kindness and devotion. He will be missed by myself and many others. Thanks you Bill. Rest In Peace.

  • Samantha (Watts) Marquard Posted October 12, 2022 11:03 PM

    Bill impacted my life in ways I am not totally sure I can wrap my head around. Our hours and hours spent tweaking the zip lines and ropes courses at camp are some of my fondest young adult memories. He was truly an inspiration

  • Sydney Hess Posted October 12, 2022 11:13 PM

    Our daughter was a camper, volunteer, and counselor at Camp Aldersgate. She passed away in 2016. She was 21 years old. I am so thankful she knew and loved Mr Bill. He was a wonderful example to her and he inspired our Kenzie to make a difference in peoples lives. I know she’s welcoming him with open arms in heaven. I think they were both angels here on earth. Thank you for sharing him with all of us. Praying for his family.

  • Shannon Aston Posted October 13, 2022 5:19 AM

    Bill was amazing! I had the pleasure of working with him on Program Committee at Camp Aldersgate! I loved how much he loved camp and their mission! He handled all my crazy ideas with respect no matter what it was! He will always be special to the Aston family!!!

  • Regina Riehl Posted October 13, 2022 5:21 PM

    I worked with Bill for over 24 years. I will always remember him coming to me with a big smile and wanting me to mend a split in his pants or sew a button . We didn’t always agree but we were always friends and I respected him immensely. I will miss him but know he is in a better place

  • Garrett Ramsfield Posted October 14, 2022 2:25 PM

    I was a camper at Camp Aldersgate from 2000-2010 and Bill always made my time at camp a blast with his boundless energy and energetic spirit….his generosity, dedication and memory will live on in the family and friends and the acts of kindness that he used to embrace us all.

    Fly High I know that one day we will meet again

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