Lloyd Bise, 81, of Vilonia passed away Jan. 27, 2011.
He was born April 28, 1929, in Flushing, Mich., to the late Russell and Grace Bise.
During his younger years in Illinois, he raced stock cars and was known as "Cigar Bise". In 1951, he joined the Air Force and served in Korea during the Korean War, he was honorably discharged in 1955. In 1956, he moved to Arkansas and owned/operated new car dealerships in Paragould and Pocahontas. Later he bought a dealership in Stuttgart. While living in Stuttgart, he also owned a farm in Lonoke and enjoyed flying his plane between the two.
In 1975, he moved to Vilonia and shortly thereafter he built the first shopping center there. He served as mayor of Vilonia for 12 years, his main accomplishments were getting the city sewer system put in and improving the ballparks, he also served as the Vilonia Fire Chief. Lloyd was a lifetime member of the Shriners, a Mason and a lifetime member of the VFW. Lloyd loved people.
Lloyd’s greatest joy was getting together with his family and friends. He was generous to a fault, he took great pride in helping people get started, in life or business. He took great pride in the success of those he helped.
Lloyd is survived by his wife of seven years, 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; six grandchildren; a whole host of nieces and nephews and many many friends.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home, in Conway.
His funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday 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.
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