William Earl Edwards
Published: September 13, 2017
William Earl Edwards, 44, of Bentonville, AR, passed away Sunday, September 10, 2017. He was born in Bentonville on September 19, 1972, to Bill Ewalt and Sandi Wall.
He was preceded in death by his father, Bill Ewalt, and his grandfather, Earl Edwards. Survivors include: his partner, Chadwick Turner of Bentonville, his mother, Sandi Edwards of Eureka Springs, his grandmother, Wanda Edwards of Bella Vista, his Uncle (big brother) Ron Edwards and his wife, Natalie Edwards; their children, Dixon Edwards of Tampa, Fla., and Hunter Edwards, of Wells, Maine, his late father's wife, Summer Ewalt, and her son, Sean Ewalt (his little brother). His "boy"Tucker Dan. There are many, many friends whom William considered his family, as well.
God blessed William with the gift of singing! He started performing at 6 years old. He loved his years at Bentonville High School because of Accapella Choir and Chorus. He sang at many weddings, fairs, and entered many singing competitions.
He performed at Silver Dollar City, in Branson, Mo. for seven years. There, he was the headliner at The Echo Hollow Show, and was billed as "Silver Dollar City's Own Son". His beautiful songs are still played on the Christmas train ride.
He recorded many albums, some in Nashville. Other career highlights were; opening for Roy Clark, George Strait and Patty Loveless.
William sought change in his life of performance, so he enrolled in Cosmetology school at Toni and Guy in Dallas. He became a respected stylist and returned to Bentonville and opened Gorilla Salon with his dear friend, Phyllis Shultz. He developed his own product line, taught cosmetology school, and became a platform artist for Scrupples.
William was a dog lover, and amazed all who observed his dog training skills. He was involved in many local charities, like Havenwood in Bentonville, Horses for Healing and Lives Under Construction in Lampe, Mo.
Once again, William started to plan for a career change, by recently going to college. His love of entertaining and cooking were lead him to culinary college and the introduction of a cooking blog.
His plans were not fulfilled, as he began to suffer from Bipolar Disorder. Despite seeking the best medical help, he was unable to find relief from his suffering.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Havenwood. 808 N. Main St., Bentonville, Ark. 72712. Arrangements by Epting Funeral Home Bentonville. Condolences: www.eptingfuneralhome.webs.com.
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