Services for retired CMSGT Tom Bill Bourn, 79, will be held at 2:30 p.m. today at Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home in Haughton, La. Officiating will be Minister Norman Moore. Burial will follow at Hill Crest Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home in Haughton.

†Bill was born June 8, 1933, in Norphlet. He died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at Northwest Louisiana War Veterans Home in Bossier City, La.

He served in the United States Air Force for 28 years, six months, and 10 days, retiring as a chief master sergeant. After his military retirement, he worked as a service advisor for 15 years at area car dealerships. Mr. Bourn was known for his honesty and integrity, and the world will be a worse place without him in it.

As a retired aircraft mechanic, he loved to work with his hands and to do for others. He mowed the grass for years at Eastwood Church of Christ on Highway 80 in Haughton, where he was a member. He built picnic tables, had a large vegetable garden, and enjoyed small engine repair, providing many repaired lawn mowers to widows in the area. He led a life of quiet service to others, and he was an example to many.

Bill Bourn was a wonderful father who took his family on many camping and fishing trips wherever he was stationed in the Air Force and, in later years, to his camp at Toledo Bend.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 58 years, Wyvonne Bourn of Haughton; his devoted daughter, Debra Norris and husband Clift of Houston, Texas; his eldest son, James Michael Bourn, wife Karen, and granddaughters Madison and Regan Bourn of Glen Allen, Va.; his youngest son Billy Wayne Bourn, wife Ashley, grandson Logan and granddaughter Taylor Bourn of Haughton; his devoted brother-and sister-in-law Lowell and Gwen Price of Hot Springs; his sisters, Mary Downs of Magnolia and Frances Murphy of McNeil; his sisters-in-law, Judy Bourn of Brownfield, Texas, Mary Jane Bourn of El Dorado, and Kathryn McGriff of Austin, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to private sitter Lisa Windham, who provided comfort and care in his last year of Alzheimer’s disease.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Caddo Council on Aging-Ombudsman Program, 1700 Buckner St., Suite 240, Shreveport, La. 71101, www.caddocouncilonaging.org, or “In Search of the Lord’s Way,” P.O. Box 371, Edmond, Okla. 73083, www.searchtv.org, 1-800-321-8633.

You may share words of comfort with the family by visiting www.hillcrestmemorialfh.com.

Published: 11/18/2012