Bill Brunner

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Bill Brunner, 86, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, passed away Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Fayetteville. He was born March 14, 1933, in Chicago, Illinois, to William Brunner and Marie Potocnic Brunner. Mr. Brunner was a retired educator. He was a high school teacher and coach in Crossett, Arkansas. In Fayetteville, he served as teacher and coach at Hillcrest Jr. High; teacher, coach, assistant principal, and the first principal to follow M.O. Ramay at Ramay Jr. High; and in 1972, he moved to Fayetteville High School, where he served as vice principal until his retirement. At FHS, Mr. Brunner was in charge of student discipline and activities. He also coached girls' track and was Voice of the Bulldogs for a number of years. Bill played football at Bacone Junior College, then transferred to Arkansas Tech from which he graduated. He was drafted to play for the Green Bay Packers, but prior to joining the team, he was drafted into the United States Army where he served with the Signal Company Special in Fort Riley, Kansas. Bill was an active member and deacon of First Baptist Church of Fayetteville. Over the years, he was a sponsor of youth activities and most recently served as Sunday School Department Director for Young Married Adults. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Marvin, niece, Cheryl, and nephew, Charles. Bill is survived by his wife, Sue Carol Brunner, daughter, Bonnie Wood and husband Windell of Fayetteville, two grandchildren, Ben Wood and wife Kimberly of Fayetteville, Morgan House and husband Evan of Fayetteville, and great-granddaughter, Maisie Faye House. Great-grandson, Wyatt Vincent Wood will arrive in October. Two services will be held. A graveside service will be held Thursday, August 1st, 11 a.m., at McFadden Cemetery in Dover, Arkansas, and the Celebration of Life service will be Saturday, August 10th, 1 pm, at First Baptist Church, Fayetteville, Arkansas, with Dr. Douglas Falknor officiating. The family will receive friends at 12 noon on Saturday before the Celebration of Life service and also afterwards. All are welcome to attend either or both services. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 20 East Dickson, Fayetteville, Arkansas, 72701; Fayetteville High School Athletics Hall of Greats, 915 West Clinton Drive, Fayetteville, Arkansas, 72701; or Butterfield Trail Village Foundation, 1923 East Joyce Blvd., Fayetteville, Arkansas, 72703. To sign the online guest book, please visit

Published July 31, 2019