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Gross Funeral Home

120 Wrights St, Hot Springs, AR

OBITUARY

William "Bill" Marvin Glisson Jr.

June 7, 1950October 7, 2019
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William “Bill” Marvin “Chicken Hawk” Glisson, Jr., 69, of Hot Springs passed away October 7, 2019. A gifted musician, he was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1950- the same year and city where Sun Studio began recording what would later be recognized as the first Rock-n-Roll records. No one is sure if it is a coincidence.

Bill was a well-loved local singer and guitar player with his band, The Bellaire Buffs. He also led music at his church and had just begun a musical ministry with Jerry Greer at the Garland County Detention Center. The ability of music to teach and to heal was embraced by Bill who truly loved people.

After retiring from his 34 year career at AT&T, he was able to devote more time to music, as well as, hunting, fishing, watching the Green Bay Packers, and keeping up with his “Oaklawn News and Notes” Facebook Page. However, his retirement was really about spending time with those who called him "Po-Po" (sometimes "Pokey Po-Po") - his grandkids. Alexa, Jayden, Tommy, Hunter, Aubrey, and Brantley will never question how very much they were loved by their "Po-Po".

Bill was greeted in Heaven by his mom, Rebecca Patterson; dad, William Marvin Glisson; and patiently waiting at the gate was Rocco, his beloved dog.

Bill will be missed by his wife of 37 years, Debbie Glisson; sons, Eric (Marcah) Glisson and Zachary (Kelly) Glisson; daughter by luck, Dawn Hall; six amazing grandkids; brothers, Steve (Jennifer) Glisson and Mike (VeeAnn) Glisson; sisters, Diana Drost and Patsy Cleveland; dad by blessing, Pat Patterson; cat buddy, Zo; the most current Mr. Fishy; his church family at New Beginnings Free Will Baptist; many much loved nieces and nephews; and more friends than any one person should legally be allowed to have.

Services

19 October

Vistation

1:00 pm

19 October

Celebration of Bill's Life

2:00 pm

Gross Funeral Home

120 Wrights St
Hot Springs, Arkansas 71913

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William "Bill" Marvin Glisson Jr.

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Bill Lee

October 18, 2019

It’s always a shock when you hear of someone like Hawk passing, except there was no one like Hawk. He was an original, one-of-a-kind...someone I’d heard about many years ago, and subsequently had the good fortune to get to know, and even perform with on occasion. He was Hot Springs’ original rock n’ roller on stage, but a kind-hearted friend to all when he stepped off it. A truly unique person who won’t be forgotten by the many who loved him. Hawk will be missed.

Hal Gandy

October 15, 2019

I was in maybe Bill's first band in 1967, The Camolots, with Stan LaFever and Dennis Devine. Steve and Mike Glisson may remember me.

My thanks to Bill's family for their kindness over the years and always welcoming all of us. My condolences as well. All of us who knew and loved him have lost a great friend.

Scott Coney

October 13, 2019

Rest in peace Hawk. I have so many fond memories of watching you pick and sing when I was a young man. It still brings a smile to my face forty years later, when I hear a song on classic rock radio that you would do so well! My dad and I both thought the world of you! ,Scott

Sandy Spalding

October 13, 2019

I can't find words adequate to express what this good, good man has mean to me and also my boyfriend over the past 37 years. He's always been there in good times and in bad, and especially when we really needed extra loving attention and kindness (house fire & Tommy's stroke) he went above and beyond. I've missed him since the moment I heard he was gone & I know I'll never stop. He was such a very special guy. Love you Hawk.

Lynne & Theron Summit

October 12, 2019

I met Bill through his wife Debbie who I worked with for many years..... Bill was smart, funny and talented, and most importantly, a Christian..... everyone he met instantly became his friend.
Not long ago Bill, Debbie, my husband Theron and myself attended a wedding sitting at the same table. We had a great and joyous time...... this would be the last time I saw Bill.
Bill was a talented musician, husband and father...... his greatest joy was being "PoPo" to his grandchildren.....
Bill will be missed and never forgotten, as when you meet someone extraordinary, you are left with an imprint that lasts a lifetime!
Rest in peace Bill, sing among the angles in the presence of our savior!
Our sincere condolences for the Glisson family.

Cindy Vanderburg

October 12, 2019

I want to offer my thoughts and prayers to all the Glisson Family. I married Morgan Vanderburg in 1976. Hawk and Steve wrote the sweetest song, that they sang at our wedding. Along with Tommy Robbins & Lindsey Frazier. We made 34 years before Morgan passed. I treasure that memory. Thank you Hawk. RIP

Terry and Mary Blaylock

October 12, 2019

We were just friends but mostly because of his other friends. My husband graduated in 1969 from HSHS but he new of his talent and how well loved Bill was, me I knew because of the people I graduated with in 1972. But the guys that jammed or played in the band had a following of sorts. Laugh if you want but it in included Bill, Randy, and Stan. But when we moved back to Hot Springs after our grown up adventures in Oklahoma and Odessa,Texas. I went to work at Walmart on Albert Pike afterFew reunions from my class and going to the Big Chill. We started to recognize each other. He would come through my line and visit we would joke around. Bill never met some one that wasn’t a friend. We became Facebook friends. But I will miss his posts and seeing him on Facebook cause it’s those memory I will cherish. My Terry is getting older he was born in May of 1950 and has memory problems so all the party and fun back then have blurred High School memories. We love and will miss Bill. Prayers for your family. Peace Bill don’t cause them trouble up there. Lol.

Rick & Diane Blagg

October 11, 2019

We send our condolences to the whole Glisson family . Hawk will be missed by all who knew him. We both have fond memorys from our much younger days. We ask that the lord comfort the Glisson family at this difficult time.

randall ragland

October 10, 2019

I'll miss Bill and that's what I called him I guess because we worked together for a while. He would always remind me we started work at the Phone Co. on the same day. I think it was May 25th 1975 he would correct me if that was wrong though. He would correct me because he seemed to remember everything and honestly I don't know how. We had a lot of fun in those days jams at the Bowlers Lounge a Phone Co. event. He always came by when the house was a mess or he needed a nap. He invited me to play at the prison and church with him but I never was a great fan of the Animals and was hesitant to learn their songs. Man I wish I'd have gone with him now. Probably one of the nicest guys I ever knew. God rest your soul Chicken Hawk.

David Lafever

October 10, 2019

Hope everyone knows I was joking with steve great people!!!!

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