of Roland, AR
October 25, 1937 - June 22, 2022
Billy L Harding, age 84, was born in Roland, Arkansas on October 25, 1937. Born to Rube Harding and Esther Harding (Clifton).Proceeded in death by his parents, Rube and Esther Harding; daughter, Donna Harding Miller; brothers, John (Betty) and Ray Harding and sisters, Evelyn Taylor and Ann King.He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Peggy Harding (Davidson) of Roland; Children, Kim (Steve) Spangler of Conway and Jason Harding of Roland.Brother, Wilbur Harding of Roland; Sister-in-laws, Norma Harding of Little Rock and Barbara Butler of Roland.Grandchildren, Kandi (Michael) Manes, Savannah (William) Morgan, Blakelea (Stephen) Leach, Chloe Harding, Josh (Tiffany) Spangler, Trey (Hannah) Miller and Samantha (Blake) McFadden. Twelve great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.Billy was a 1955 Graduate of Joe T. Robinson High School. From there he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He was assigned to the 96th Supply Squadron. While in the Air Force, he was the pitcher for the Air Force Baseball Team. He traveled worldwide playing ball. Once out of the Air Force, he enjoyed playing fast pitch softball and in 1973, he was the MVP of the Arkansas State Tournament. He retired from Harvest Foods, and after retirement, he enjoyed hunting, taking care of Rainey Cemetery and spending time with family. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the "Light of his Life".Funeral service will be 10:00 A.M., Monday, June 27, 2022, Monnie Springs Assembly of God Church, 18807 Ross Hollow Road, Roland, Arkansas. Visitation 4:00 6:00 P.M., Sunday at Roller Chenal Funeral Home, 13801 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, Arkansas (501-224-8300). Interment will be at Rainey Cemetery, Roland, Arkansas.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rainey Cemetery, Roland, Arkansas.
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Sorry to read of Billy’s passing. Worked many years with Billy at Safeway/Harvest Foods Warehouse. Prayers for the family.
I am sorry for your loss. I was just thinking of Bill and Peggy the other day. I often think about living next door to them. Bill will be missed by all that new him. The family will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
You will be missed uncle Bill. RIP
I am so grateful that I got to spend a afternoon with you Billy. Being in this family for 20 yrs you were always on of my favorites. You can rest in peace now, see you on the other side.
Someone else mentioned Billy’s distinctive voice. I remember that voice and that crooked smile. And he was always smiling. He was more like an uncle than a cousin, as were his brothers and sisters. I was blessed to have him in my life as a child and teen. Peggy, the same goes for you. Thoughts and prayers with you
Peggy and family, once again this landscape that we call home is changing. Roland is losing its longtime residents and Billy was certainly one of them. I know he’s been somewhere between this world and home for a while, but this time he’s stepped over and you have seen him go and are left with a lifetime of memories just between the two of you. Life is but a fleeting moment between heaven and earth and we are all in line. My prayers are with you in the coming days and months.
Wish I had more time with him. The little time we did spend together at Uncle John’s, was priceless. God is definitely, lucky to have this guy ! Sending hugs, prayers!
Uncle Bill was a great man, husband, father, grandfather and uncle. I’ve have to say, he was the ‘calm one’ of the Harding boys. He loved being with family. He loved good food, I don’t know how many trips to eat catfish he and Donna would make a month. He loved sweets, and I can still see him at Grandma Esther’s table eating her delicious desserts. We all know he loved fast pitch softball and made himself famous doing it. He also loved playing baseball with Daddy, Uncle Wilburn and Uncle Ray. Those Harding boys were quite a crew!! Many of us kids spent our weekends at a ballpark somewhere. I remember every Easter whether at Grandma and Grandpa Harding’s or my Mom’s house we always had a softball game after hunting eggs. The softball games were so much fun because we were all competitive; it was in our blood. Uncle Bill, Daddy and I shared a birthday month and I always thought it was special when all the family came and we got to celebrate together. I loved Uncle Bill’s smile and laugh. He was kind to everyone unless you ‘crossed’ his family. Now he is in Heaven, celebrating with all of those many loved ones gone before. I’m sure he, Daddy and Uncle Ray are ‘catching up’ and Donna is right there with them trying to referee! 😃Uncle Bill will be missed so much but we will hang on to the wonderful memories. Even in his sickness, he always said “ I Love You Too”. Rest In Peace Uncle Bill and I Love You Too!! Trisha
I am so sorry for your loss prayers and hugs go to the family he was a really nice.
So sorry for your loss, but pray that you find peace in knowing he is now with family that went on before him. We are losing the story tellers of our family and community. Love all of you and praying for y’all during this time.
Peggy I am so sorry to hear about Bill. It’s been years since we have seen y’all, but we still remember all the good times that we had with you and Bill, you and your family are in our prayers. Pat
So sorry for your loss. Mr. Bill was a wonderful man that always had a smile on his face when saw him. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Peggy and Family, I'll try to make this short, but after knowing Billy all of my life, (81 years), a 'summary' of his life could still be long. All that I can say is 'he was a good man and provider', worked hard, loved baseball, and enjoyed talking about his tour in the Air Force. He did NOT like being in the water nor boating and kept the land yacht in your garage until Jason needed space for his things. As he aged, he loved and enjoyed laughing & talking to most everyone that he met...anywhere. The last and hardest thing he ever did was cope with the Alzheimer's disease and several strokes that destroyed everything about him. "What a warrior and a battle he fought!" May God provide peace and comfort to each of you as you go through the weeks, months, and years without him.
Sorry for your loss sending love hugs and prayers your family's way ❤.
Uncle Bill going to miss you! Love YouDon and Susan
Our thoughts and prayers for the family.
RIP Uncle Billy. Your family will not be the same without you. My heart goes out to Aunt Peggy for the loss of her dear husband. I hope all of the happy memories will help the family through this difficult time. We are all so sorry.
One of the best men I know, the strongest generation of men we will ever know . Everytime I seen him he wore a smile.happy to converse about anything u wanted too..Too the family ,mrs.harding your a very strong lady ,I've know yall.all.myllife and like my Gma that passed your the glue that this family needs to bond one another together in times like this . I know how hard that is but it's something you and only you can do .. my thoughts and prayer are deep for the harding family tonight. JASON I'm sorry brother and if you need anything at all I'm a phone call away . I love ya man ,and truly sorry ,just be a ease knowing he is at ease tonight .BE STONG FOR YOUR MOTHER MAN ,Be the man we all know you can .. again my deepest thoughts
Rest In Peace Uncle Billy. I will miss all the times we were able to spend together and hearing all the baseball stories with your distinctive voice. The world has lost a wonderful man.
So sorry for your loss, Billy was a fine man.
So long little brother this not goodby But hopefully to see you later. Love
My sympathies go to the family. I remember for many years he cared for the Rainey Cemetery where many of my loved ones and family lie. It was a long time ago when I lived near there, but I remember good people.