Remembering Bill Gwatney

Remembering Bill Gwatney

Hundreds are remembering Bill Gwatney and supporting his family this weekend. Visitation for Gwatney was held at the Griffin Leggett, Rest Hills Funeral Home, in North Little Rock.
Hundreds are remembering Bill Gwatney and supporting his family this weekend. Visitation for Gwatney was held at the Griffin Leggett, Rest Hills Funeral Home, in North Little Rock. The funeral for Bill will be held Monday afternoon at the Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church. The process of saying goodbye began with visitation in North Little Rock. Those who knew him stall can’t believe the violent nature of his death Wednesday.

"It's just a tragic situation that this incident happened. Bill's going to be greatly missed," says Rep. Sandra Prater.

Hundreds of friends and colleagues gather to grieve for Bill Gwatney and support his family.

"Bill was a person who worked very hard for this state. His heart was always for the state and for the people and he was always looking to make things better," says Prater.

"He was an inspiration to many people. It’s just, it's just hard to believe,” says Prater.

"Anytime we asked Bill Gwatney to come speak to us in our county he said when do you want me. He was always there..," says Barbara Thexton, Chair of the Garland County Democratic Central Community.

But now, he's gone after police say Tim Johnson walked into the Democratic headquarters where he shot and killed Gwatney. As friends try to come to grips with what happened they say right now they're leaning on each other.

"With our friends and remembering the good points and hopefully remembering the good memories that we have of our chairman," says Prater.

"I can't even think what we've lost and we just have to carry on,” says Thexton.

And that's what friends tell us he'd want.

Police continue to investigate the motive behind this murder, but right now detectives have few answers.

Funeral services for Bill Gwatney will be held Monday at 2:00 at the Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church. Flags at the state capitol will be flown at half-staff.

You can watch the funeral services live on FOX16 and on fox16.com.
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