William T. Bounds Jr.

December 5, 1942October 15, 2020

Dr. William (Bill) Theodore Bounds, Jr., 77, went home to be with our Lord on Thursday, October 15, 2020. Bill was born on December 5, 1942 in Meridian, Mississippi to Meida Gilbert Bounds and W. T. Bounds, Sr. Bill was preceded in death by their son, Joseph Theodore Bounds. He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Jonnie, his sister, Meida (Mimi) Bounds Steele of Kirkwood, Missouri and his Aunt, Alline Bounds Powell Garris who resides in Leroy, Alabama. Bill graduated from Lucedale High School. After receiving a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi, Bill served in the Army and achieved at the rank First Lieutenant going on to earn his Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Mississippi. Bill taught at the University of Southern Mississippi, Mississippi College, University of Mississippi and retired from the University of Central Arkansas after 34 years. Bill was a member of Beta Sigma Pi and a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Pi. Bill was an active member of Woodland Heights Baptist Church in Conway, Arkansas where he served as a deacon, worked AWANA, sang in the choir, was a leader in Vacation Bible School, was the church photographer for new members and served on seven Foreign Missions Service Projects. An active member of the Lion’s Club, Bill served as secretary and received the Lion of the Year & the Melvin Jones Fellow award for dedicated humanitarian services from Lion’s Club International. Visitation will be at Woodland Heights Baptist Church, 4215 Prince Street, Conway, Arkansas 72034 , on Thursday, October 22, from Noon to One O’clock with the service following at 1:00 p.m., Dr. Larry White officiating. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Bill’s memory to Woodland Heights Baptist Church, 4215 Prince Street, Conway, Arkansas 72034, or to Gideon Bibles: The Gideons International Processing Center, P.O. Box 97251, Washington, DC 20090-7251.


  • Visitation for family and friends

    Thursday, October 22, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Thursday, October 22, 2020


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Aimee Prince

October 25, 2020

I am sorry for your loss. Bill was such a special gentleman. I enjoyed getting to know him during my time in the Lion's Club. He certainly lived by the club's motto, "We Serve".

Donnie Hay

October 22, 2020

Bill, one of a kind a true friend, Bill meant the world to me and all the members of the Marine Corps league, he was army but we adopted him being married to a Marine ( Jonnie) . Jonnie I’m praying for you daily, Bill will truly be missed.
Donnie Hay

Dwight Witcher

October 22, 2020

Bill is truly one of the finest men I have ever met. I've know him as members of the Marine Corps League. Although he served in the Army, I kidded him that at least he was smart enough to marry a Marine, Jonnie.
Bill had just received the Marine Corps League State of Arkansas Associate Member of the Year for 2019-2020. What an honor it was to see him accept that much deserved award.
He will be sorely missed in both the MCL detachment and the community. Semper Fi Bill. Till we meet again.

John Price

October 21, 2020

Dr. Bounds was a very kind man. I really enjoyed having him for Strategic Management many years ago at UCA. I hope to see him again some day. My condolences to the family.

-- John R. Price, North Little Rock, UCA B.B.A. Class of 1995

Katie Turnage

October 21, 2020

Mr. Bill was such a special man. He had such a servant’s heart and he never let a little thing like age get in his way. He will be missed. ❤️

Jerry Deas

October 21, 2020

Sorry to hear of the passing of a good friend. We spent 12 years going to the same school in the same grade. We went to the same church but I lived out of town so our time together was church and school until we were old enough to go camping, mostly at White's Creek, close to an artesian well. We got together at some of our high school reunions and it was always good to be with good old friends. Bill will be truly missed.

Scotty Williams

October 21, 2020

I grew up beside Bill in Lucedale, Mississippi. We spent many days as kids playing Monopoly and Canasta on Bill's front porch. During those wonderful summer days we would ride our bikes all over town, go swimming at Inland Beach or Railroad Creek, go camping at White's Creek or play cowboy and Indians around the neighborhood. Bill's house was sort of the center of activity because of his Grand Mother. She was a hoot. She would let us get away with murder as young boys and we loved her for it.
We sure had a blast and I will miss you, Bill.

Bart Castleberry

October 21, 2020

Bill and Jonnie have been role models to me since I was 18 years old. At that time I had just met Jesus Christ and was a new member of FBC. Bill and I played on the church softball and basketball teams and my future wife Melissa played on the women’s team with Jonnie. Bill always had a kind word and a word of encouragement even for a hardheaded 18 year old. As We all got older they remained a source of inspiration. I stood next to Bill as we were reciting the Pledge of Allegiance a couple of years back. The pride and love for our country were so obvious in his tone and demeanor that it had a profound impact on me. Even though Bill was a reserved gentleman I bet he said WOW when he saw heaven. Jonnie ,Melissa and I grieve your loss but not as the world does. For you know you will see all your loved ones again.

Joe Cangelosi

October 19, 2020

Dear Jonnie: Bev and I are truly sorry concerning Bill's passing. Bill was a great guy, wonderful colleague and mentor, and able to make a medical diagnosis when necessary. I can remember coming into his office in the middle of a class I was teaching, giving Bill my symptoms and him telling me I had a big "K" on my forehead. Bill promptly took me to the hospital, and his diagnosis was correct, of course, a kidney stone. That was just one instance of how Bill was a caring and committed person and a great department chair. I will miss seeing him around town and at the HPER center. Bill was a wonderful example of a dedicated Christian. I am going to miss talking to him. His insights were the best. God bless you, Jonnie; you'll be in our prayers.

Judy McEwen

October 19, 2020

Butch and I are so sorry for your loss. You and Bill have been such good friends to us. Bill was the most caring and gracious man I have known. Bill seemed to always see the glass half-full, not half empty. Always seemed to see the best in people and in life. Great memories with our lunches after church and dinner parties at home.
Love you - Judy and Butch


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