Bill Bearden Sr., 80, of Batesville, formerly of Alma, passed away Saturday, July 14, 2018. He was born Oct. 2, 1937, in Kingston to the late Curtis and Mattie Bearden. He was a machine operator for Franklin Electric. He was preceded in death by his companion, Wilma McDonald.

He is survived by Wilma’s son, Rick McDonald and wife Enola of Alma; and their children, Whitney and Kyle McDonald.

Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Antioch Cemetery in Van Buren, under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Mr. Bearden will lie in state from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home, 4100 Alma Highway, Van Buren.

To place an online tribute, go to www.edwardsvan-alma.com.