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William Charles Spilman

February 21, 1950November 6, 2011

William (Mr. Bill) Charles Spilman of Fort Smith, went to see the face of the Lord on November 6th 2011. He loved Jesus, his family, people, and life as he served and lived for 61 years. Mr. Bill served in the Army during the Vietnam War as an engineer, helping to build Highway 1 near Tuy Hoa in Southern Vietnam. He went to Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton, OK where he met his future bride, Valerie. They married in 1974, and he graduated later from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK with a Bachelor’s of Science. He worked for several years with St. Edwards Hospital, Holt Krock Clinic, and then Sparks Regional Medical Center as a Medical Technologist. He was an active member of the River Blenders Chorus and an active singer his entire life. Mr. Bill joined the Boy Scouts in 1988 with his son as a Tiger Cub den leader. For the next 20 years, he would serve as a Cub Master, Scoutmaster, Grub master, Quartermaster, and co-founder of Troop 110 in Fort Smith. In that time, he was known for his cheerful personality, servant heart, and Dutch oven cooking, especially his “Chocolate Death.” In that time, he impacted the lives of thousands of scouts and scout leaders. He was an active member of City Christian Fellowship as a worship leader, small group pastor, and a major contributor to the Matthew 18 camp for foster children and several other community outreach projects. His passions included Jesus Christ, his wife and family, cooking, camping, canoeing, singing, and serving others.

He is survived by his father, Clenton Verle Spilman of Fort Smith, AR; his wife of 37 years, Valerie Spilman, also of Fort Smith; his daughter and her spouse, Anna and Brian Carlisle of Tulsa, OK; his son and his spouse, Zach and Ali Spilman of Dallas, TX; 2 grandchildren, Braden Carlisle and Abigail Spilman; his brother and his spouse, Richard and Rhonda Spilman of Tulsa, OK; and his sisters and their spouses, Rebecca and Johnny Hensley of Stillwell, OK, and Beverly Spilman of El Paso, TX; and his mother-in-law, Mae Mings of Wilburton, OK.

Due to Bill’s many friends and acquaintances the family has scheduled 2 services.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM in the City Christian Fellowship Church and burial will be Monday, November 14, 2011 at 10:00 AM, in the U.S. National Cemetery. Services and cremation are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Zach Spilman, Brian Carlisle, Dwayne Bell, Danny King, Rick Small, and Chip Marrin.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Rick Grizzle, Alan Anderson, Joe Davis, Brian Feather, Joe Carruth, Wayne DeLoney, and Michael Brown.

The family will greet friends at Edwards Funeral Home on Friday evening from 5-7 PM

Donations may be sent in His honor to the Boy Scouts of America or to the Village 2 Village Project.

To sign an online guestbook visit www.edwardsfuneralhome.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, November 11, 2011

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, November 12, 2011

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, November 12, 2011

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, November 14, 2011

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Sheila Fowler

November 12, 2011

Valerie, Bill will be deeply missed. I worked with him many years. He told me many times that he had prayed for me and my family during very difficult times. Words can't describe how he will be missed. You and your family are in our prayers...We will miss you Mr. Bill.

Pastor Eddie and Linda Lee

November 12, 2011

We remember meeting Bill years ago on a number of occasions. His kindness and his singing are very memorable to us. We like to think he may be singing with his mother, who was a beautiful soprano, "Little is much when God is in it..." Our prayers are for your comfort at the loss of this loved one. Earth's loss is heaven's gain.

Jeena Lee

November 12, 2011

Valerie, Anna, and Zach. I am praying for you and your entire family. Asking the God of all grace to be The Comforter by the power of His Holy Spirit. With love!

Craig Waldron

November 11, 2011

Mr. Spilman was a wonderful influence as I grew up at FBC in Fort Smith. You couldn't be around him without being lifted up. It didn't matter if he was in some official teaching capacity or simply walking somewhere with you; if you listened to how he carried himself you were going to be a better person because of that time with him.

Tricia Grimes

November 11, 2011

Valerie,
My condolences to you and your family at this time. Mr. Bill will be missed. He touched so many lives, including mine and my family in more ways than I can say. Seeing him at work in passing or being around him through the years in our scouting days, he was always kind, considerate, happy and full of life. I will keep you, Zach, Anna and family in my thoughts and prayers. We all should have been so fortunate to have known him better. Thanks for all you and Mr. Bill have done for so many.

melanie garner

November 11, 2011

I knew Mr. Spilman from the lab @ Holt Krock Clinic and what a happy man he was. always a song and a whistle. I am sorry for your loss. What a great legacy he leaves. Melanie Garner (Fort Smith, Ar. )

Angela Reynolds

November 10, 2011

My deepest and most sincere condolences go out to all of his family and freinds. He was such a funny man, full of life and wonderful stories and jokes, he will be missed.

Judy Mikeska

November 10, 2011

What a beautiful soft spoken man who always had a twinkle in his eye, I thank God for bringing him into Valerie's life and for the creation of their beautiful family. He will live on in our fond memories.

Judy Mikeska and Mary Ann Hightower, Santa Rosa, CA

Athena Putman

November 10, 2011

Valerie --

Thinking and Praying for you and your family during this difficult time. So sorry for your loss.

David and Pattie Smith

November 10, 2011

Valerie and family: There will never be another "Mr. Bill". It was an honor and a privilege to have known such a wonderful, kind and generous man. We will always cherish our time with him in Scouting and will miss him dearly. David and Pattie Smith

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