Transition: William "Willie" Joseph Alberson (Oct. 12, 1980-May 20, 2018)
William “Willie” Joseph Alberson, of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, a loving father, son and master electrician, went to his heavenly home on May 20th, 2018. He was 37 years old.
Willie was born on October 12th, 1980 in Jacksonville, AR. He lived in Butlerville, AR as a baby then moved to Cabot, AR. He was a good kid, playing baseball, soccer, basketball and one year of football. His favorite was baseball, where he was the pitcher and third baseman. He grew up attending Mt. Carmel Baptist Church where he came to know Jesus at a young age.
He moved to Eureka Springs in 1996. The first thing he said was “Mom, I can’t believe this school is so small there isn’t a baseball team”. Well that certainly changed and baseball was played! He worked hard for his first truck, an old green Ford that he was so proud of.
He worked alongside his Dad in the electrical trade, which he loved. He was following in the footsteps of his Pawpaw and his Uncle Mike. He was very proud of his work and was constantly pointing out buildings and homes he had wired. He built his own beautiful log home there, married and was raising two wonderful children.
Life changed and he struggled for awhile but he eventually looked to God for a renewing of his faith and found a loving church family at New Day Fellowship on Passion Play Road.
He had a trove of friends that he truly enjoyed spending time with. Willie’s attributes were many. He was selfless, cheerful, uplifting, happy, even in the worst of times. “Think positive!” was his motto. He was also citizen of the week according to the Eureka Springs Echo. One of his dearest friends shared that he loved his profession and took pride in his craft. He knew good humor is infectious and shared embarrassing stories about himself, complete with wisecracks and laughter to lighten the burdens of friends. He touched the hearts of many and was an amazing dad, son, brother and friend. He is now free from pain, secure from misery and safe in the arms of his Lord and Savior.
Willie is survived by his children, Kaylee-Paige and Hunter Joe Alberson, whom he shared with former spouse, Meagan Lee Alberson of Eureka Springs, AR; his mom, Judy (Randy) Millerd of Hot Springs AR; his dad, Don (Julie) Alberson of Eureka Springs, AR; his brother, Johnny Tipton of Cabot, Ark; his sisters, Charlotte (Robert) Birdwell of Cabot, AR and Jennifer (Scott) Eby of Avoca, AR; his first cousin, Cassie (Clark) Coyle who was more like a sister, of Springhill, LA; Uncle Mike and Aunt Melanie Alberson of Jacksonville, AR; Uncle Bob (Dollye) Alberson of Bella Vista, AR; Great Uncle George (Nancy) Alberson of Mt. Vernon, AR; nephew, Chris Bayles of Conway; nephew Kyle (Rachael) Bayles of McRae, AR; niece, Sandy Birdwell; nephew, Brandon Birdwell; nieces, Adalyn and Kolbie Birdwell of Cabot, AR; cousins Erin (Ian) Arlow and Andrew (Jaimie) Alberson of Portland, OR; cousin, Michael (Mara) Alberson of Vancouver, WA and nine second cousins.
Willie is predeceased by his great-grandmother, Pauline Dupriest; grandparents, Willie M. and Sarah Alberson, John T. and Olive Williams.
Celebration of his life will be Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 at 3:00 at New Day Fellowship at 440 Passion Play Road in Eureka Springs, AR officiated by Brother Darryl Harris. In lieu of flowers, we ask for donations to “Willie’s Wishes” for an education fund for Kaylee and Hunter. Equity Bank is accepting donations on their behalf.