Callison-Lough Funeral Home

605 W Central, Bentonville, AR


William Morgan Burse Jr.

March 16, 1945June 25, 2020

William Morgan Burse was born on March 16, 1945 and passed away on June 25, 2020 and is under the care of Callison-Lough Funeral Home.

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William Morgan Burse Jr.

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Jeanne Mecham-Franco

June 27, 2020

Bill and I had a lot of fun both on and off the dance floor. A consummate gentleman, whenever we were in a group setting, he always introduced me to everyone (because he knew EVERYONE!) and made me feel welcomed. Thoughtful and considerate, he only drank white wine when he was in a dance group because once, he had accidentally splashed some red wine on someone. For the longest time I didn't even know he liked red wine. Attending a concert at the Mission, he packed both a small and medium-sized woman's jacket to make sure I would have the correct size to keep me warm and comfortable. He also brought beautiful crystal wine glasses to our pre-concert dinner, a signature for him according to his longtime concert friends. When we went to formal events, he would bring a selection of ties to make sure we were color coordinated or send me preview photos to choose from.
Everywhere we went, we would dance. There was much joy on the dance floor. He was, by far, my favorite dance partner. If I got too exuberant on a crowded floor, he would lean in and gently say, “Stay close.”
Most of all, I appreciated that Bill was a man whose actions mirrored his Christian beliefs. He served on the boards of One Step Ministry, a nonprofit serving single-parent homeless families and the homeowner’s association of his Coto de Caza community. He listened well. Even if his opinions were different from mine, we engaged in respectful discourse. He said I was easy to talk to; I felt the same about him. He was instrumental in reigniting my faith.
I feel blessed that my children met him and my daughter was taught the Two Step by him, thankful we were actively communicating prior to and during lockdown, thankful I was able to speak to him shortly after he was hospitalized. As always, he expressed more concern for me than himself, telling me that I needed to remain diligently social distancing so I wouldn't get COVID-19. I will miss him so.
Stay close, Bill. Stay close.