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“"Mr. B." was a fabulous mentor to me when he first came to Madison College to begin the HRM program in 1975. He helped me hone my skills and love for...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: RICK CASEY - Basye, VA - STUDENT

“John was one of my most memorable professors at JMU. His countenance and the delightful real life experiences he shared in class have remained with...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Mark Zehr - Punta Gorda, FL

“Condolences to the family. While distance kept me from knowing him as I would have liked to, I'll always appreciate how supportive of me Uncle John...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Christopher John Flor - Nashville, TN

“Condolences to the family. While distance kept me from knowing him as I would have liked to, I'll always appreciate how supportive of me Uncle John...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Christopher John Flor - Nashville, NJ

“Larry, I'm so sorry that I couldn't personally be at the funeral and visitation. You and JA have been an example of love for the rest of us in your...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Kay Dunn - NORFORK, AR

“The offciers and members of Sylvan Hills Masonic Lodge #754 extend our deepest sympathy to the Bilon family at this time. As a Mason of over 50 years...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: T.H. Henwood, Secretary - AR

“Larry, so sorry to hear of your loss, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Big E ”
7 of 13 | Posted by: Eric Battershell - Bryant, AR

“Larry, you and your family have been in our thoughts and prayers since we heard of your father's passing. Your memories will bring you comfort in...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Conley & Connie Hutto - AR

“Steve and Kathy we are so sorry for your loss. If we can do anything, please let us know. Larry and Sheroll Pharris and family ”
9 of 13 | Posted by: Sheroll and Larry Pharris - AR

“Larry and Family, Our deepest sympathy to you in your loss. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you during this time. Jan and Sandy ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: Jan and Sandra Dannaway - AR

“I'm so sorry about grandpa, he was a great man. I know you will miss him deeply. ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: Tracey "Crace" Johnson - sherwood, AR

“Larry, my deepest regrets for the loss of your father. Remembering him in the future will always bring a smile to your heart. Eddie ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: Eddie Passini - cabot, AR

“We are all saddened by your loss. Please know that you are in our hearts and prayers at this difficult time and that we want to help. We await your...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Nancy Boren - Concord, GA

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Col. John J. Bilon, (Ret.), 86, of Sherwood passed away Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. He was born July 25, 1926, in New York City to John and Catherine (Bilecka) Bilon.
John was a very devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend, and volunteer. He will be deeply missed by friends from Sylvan Hills United Methodist Church, the Sherwood Rotary Club (charter President and Paul Harris Fellow), and the VFW. John received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in hotel and restaurant management from Cornell University and served in the U.S. Army, retiring in 1975 after 31 years. He then worked as a Professor and Director of the hotel and restaurant management program for James Madison University (VA).
In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his brother, Lawrence; sister, Emily Flor (Philip); sister-in-law Juanita Giffin; and brother-in-law John Taylor (Bobbie).
Cherishing his memory are his wife of 66 years, Dorothy Taylor Bilon; three sons, John D. Bilon (Fran) of Newnan, GA, Lawrence Bilon (Jane Ann) of Sherwood, Stephen Bilon (Kathy) of Cabot; one brother, Richard Bilon (Fran) of New Jersey; four grandsons, Clanton, Wesley, Jonathan, and James; six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of John's life will be held at 10:00 AM, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at Sylvan Hills United Methodist Church, 9921 Highway 107, Sherwood, AR 72120, with Pastor Alex Workman officiating.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Thursday at Griffin-Leggett/Rest Hills Funeral Home, 7724 Landers Road, North Little Rock, (501) 835-3515.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to VFW, Wounded Warrior Project, Sylvan Hills United Methodist Church, or a charity of your choice.
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