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William “Bill” David Gaines Sr, age 78

William “Bill” David Gaines Sr, age 78, of Little Rock, Arkansas went to be with the Lord on December 31, 2022. He was born in Malvern, Arkansas on April 12, 1944 to the late Iza and Henry Gaines.

He is survived by a son, Billy (Yuliya) Gaines of McKinney, Texas; daughter Kim Jebb of Prairie Grove; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Bill grew up in Hot Spring County and is 1962 graduate of Poyen High School. His love of life and nature led him to study biology and botany at Henderson State University. After graduating college, Bill began a career with the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission where he was Chief of the Real Estate Division until the 1980s when he left to pursue other business ventures. Bill was a maverick who marched to the beat of his own drummer. Tenacity and perseverance were his definitive personal qualities. Elvis Presley’s version of “My Way” was his personal anthem. Bill will be missed by many friends and family.

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at


  • Patti Henard Posted January 10, 2023 11:47 AM

    RIL Mr Bill. It was an honor to be your friend these past few years. You had some really great stories that I probably heard more than once if not twice lol and some that were jaw dropping. You never lost the fight to tell folks how you felt which was great, but could also get you in trouble lol.

    You sir will be truly missed. I know you are in heaven giving folks the what for and running around like nobody’s business. I love ya and will miss your many calls through out the week.

    Forever gone but not forever missed.

    • Patti Henard Posted January 13, 2023 4:47 PM

      Sorry that was supposed to say not forgotten and missed.

  • Peggy DeLamar Posted January 14, 2023 8:12 AM

    God bless him Bill was quite a guy! We had some really good times together and he could have done a television show on the state of Arkansas. Rest in peace, and blessings to Billy, Kim and families. Love to you all.

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