William E. (Bill) Cawthon, 89, Pine Bluff died Friday, June 29, 2012, at Trinity Village Medical Center.

William E. (Bill) Cawthon, 89, Pine Bluff died Friday, June 29, 2012, at Trinity Village Medical Center.

He was born in Hugo, Okla. and raised in Camden, Ark. He dearly loved his father, William Maurice and adored his dear mother, Myrtle King Cawthon.

He retired from International Paper Co. after a long career working in both Camden and Pine Bluff.

In retirement, he enjoyed many years of seeing parts of this great country pulling his camper trailer often times to Harlingen, Texas to spend winters with his wife of 63 years Mary, and his lifelong good and great friend and brother-in-law George Martin and wife Jo.

In later years, he thoroughly enjoyed building, flying, crashing, re-building and flying again radio controlled aircraft with Keith. And during these years of retirement, he was a good and faithful member and servant of the Primitive Baptist Church.

Of all of his lifeís journeys, he was most proud to have been an early volunteer to serve in the US Army prior to the outbreak of WWII. As a decorated veteran, he was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division and participated in the Normandy invasion to free Europe as a paratrooper at Sword Beach on D-Day 1944 and represents one of this nationís greatest generation.

He is preceded in death by his Mother, Father and his older brother, Richard Bruce Cawthon whom he held in his heart until this very day and now has reunited with them all.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Cawthon of Whispering Knoll; son, Mike Cawthon and wife Virginia of Little Rock; daughter, Lillian Peyton of Pine Bluff; grandson, Michael Cawthon and wife Canem of NY, N.Y.; granddaughter, Heather Walter and husband David of Pine Bluff; and great granddaughter, Chloe Walter and extended family and friends.

The family thanks the love and care shown Mr. Cawthon while at both Whispering Knoll Assisted Living Center and Trinity Village.

A graveside service will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, July 2, 2012, at Bethel Cemetery in Thornton, Ark. with Rev. Myron Ford officiating.

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Alzheimerís Foundation or to a local Humane Society.

Online register at: www.ralphrobinsonandson.com.