William "Bill" Alonzo Estes, Jan. 8, 1924 -- Dec. 25, 2008

Thursday, February 5, 2009

To all our friends in beautiful Eureka Springs, I want to say "Thank You" for your genuine friendship and care about my dad.

"Bill" died peacefully Dec. 25, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nev. while visiting my brother, Jon. He was buried at the National Cemetery in Boulder City, Nev. on Jan. 5 with a beautiful military (Navy) service.

He was born Jan. 8, 1924 in Canadian, Texas. He is survived by son Jon Estes of Las Vegas, Nev.; daughter Carol Estes-Nowlin of Corrales, N.M.; daughter Velma Hostetter of Georgia; a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren and dozens of friends across the country.

Alonzo loved living in Eureka Springs. He lived there after my mother passed away. Everyday, he would walk across the street and catch the trolley, harass the trolley drivers, stop at Roscoe's for coffee and a visit, go downtown, read the Wall Street Journal at the Library, sit at Basin Park and visit with friends and listen to the banjo players and the beautiful mountain singers, grab a hamburger at Sparky's and visit friends along his route home.

In lieu of flowers, donations were collected to support local food banks and charity organizations.

He talked nonstop of the friends he had made and the wonderful warmth he felt in Eureka Springs.

-- Carol L. Estes