Friday, June 12, 2015

Coming Home to Bikes Blues and BBQ

Earl Vinson and his wife, Heather Wilson, with their 2013 Road Glide Custom aka "Sound of Madness"

We would like to welcome home Petty Officer Third Class Earl Vinson who served his country in the US Navy for the past six years.  Upon finishing his military career on May 27th this year, he and his wife, Heather Wilson, began making plans to return to NW Arkansas from San Diego, California. During his tour of duty, Officer Vinson was deployed on the USS Gridley Destroyer and was part of the 7th Fleet escorting the carrier group that went in to get bin Laden.  Prior to his service in the Navy, he served NW Arkansas for thirteen years as a police officer.  Quite an honorable record of service, we are all very proud to have him returning home and greatly thankful for his service.

Earl's hometown is Prairie Grove, Arkansas where he grew up and attended school.   Joe Giles, the Executive Director of Bikes Blues and BBQ, used to be Earl's English teacher in 7th and 8th grades in Prairie Grove Middle School where, coincidentally, Earl's mother, Verla Jean Vinson, also worked in the administration offices until her passing in 1996.  Earl and Heather will reside in Springdale upon returning to the area, to be close to his four daughters, ages 19, 18, 15 and 9.

Earl is tickled to be able to attend Bikes Blues and BBQ again this year and Heather is enthusiastically looking forward to attending the rally for the first time.  She tells us she will be posting about the rally later in the summer on her own blog, Life of a Traveling Navy Wife.  "My father rides and despite my being 39 years old this will be my first rally ever!  We are both looking forward to seeing everyone there," Heather Wilson, proud wife of former US Navy Sailor, Earl Vinson.