VILONIA — Lloyd Bise, 81, of Vilonia, who died Jan. 27, 2011, was a "forward-thinking" mayor during his tenure and someone who loved the city, according to his friends.
"Lloyd loved Vilonia," recalled Faulkner County Judge Preston Scroggin, who referred to Bise as a friend. Also, Scroggin said, "he brought Vilonia through some turbulent times."
Scoggin served on the Vilonia City Council for four years under Bise’s mayoral leadership. He credited Bise for playing a major role in bringing the sewer system to the city as well as in the purchase of the land that now houses the senior citizen center, the fire department and the municipal complex. He also served as fire chief.
In his honor, the street that runs in front of the complex was named Bise St.
"He was very forward-thinking man," Scroggin said. "He believed in infrastructure and when he believed in something, he would see it through. He was also a very hard worker."
Bise, Scroggin said, also invested in Vilonia by building a shopping center in the city.
"He was just a unique fellow. He was always willing to help others that wanted to work," Scroggin said.
Kieth McCord, who owns Kieth’s Service Center, agreed.
He is one, he said, that Bise helped. McCord referred to Bise as more than just his friend. He said the man took him under his wing and taught him a lot.
"He was a father figure to me," McCord said. "And, he has told me that I was like a son to him. He helped me. He would loan me money when the bank wouldn’t."
On that note, McCord fondly recalls Bise was eager to advise him on a variety of issues including about investments. Once, McCord said, he told him to go and purchase a piece of property. McCord said he told Bise that he would like to but that he didn’t have the money.
"He told me, ‘I’ve got money,’ you go buy it," McCord recalled. "I bought the property made a nice little profit and paid him back."
McCord said his late father Bryan McCord, who died last year, was also close friends with Bise.
"We were close and I’m going to miss him," McCord said. "I’ve lost two very important people in my life."
Bise is survived by his wife Joyce; two brothers, Harold Bise of Heber Springs and Rodney Bise and his wife, Jerry, of Heber Springs; a sister, Mary Bise-Simon of Heber Springs; a stepson, Robert Goff and his wife, Sally, of Vilonia; a stepdaughter, Lisa Weaver of Vilonia and six grandchildren.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. today at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home in Conway. His funeral service will be 11 a.m. at the Vilonia United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in Cypress Valley Cemetery in Vilonia.
Arrangements are under the direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home (501) 327-7727, and an online guest book is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.