OBITUARY

Bobby J. Bearden

May 17, 1939January 26, 2013
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Bobby J. “Buddy” Bearden, 73, of Southside, passed away Saturday, January, 26, 2013, at 12:25 p.m. after an extended illness. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at Collier-Butler Chapel with Bro. Bobby Joe Winningham officiating. Burial with full Military Rites will follow at Old Harmony Cemetery. Mr. Bearden will lie-in-state for one hour prior to the services Tuesday at the funeral home. Collier-Butler Funeral and Cremation Services directing. Mr. Bearden was a retired Veteran of 20 years in the U.S. Army, having served in Vietnam and Korea. After his military service, he was employed by Republic Steel and Goodyear Tire and Rubber. Mr. Bearden was a caring husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and loved his family with all of his heart. He attended John S. Jones, Southside High School, and finished high school and college in the military. Mr. Bearden enjoyed visiting and keeping up with family and friends, hot-rodding his vehicles, racing cars on and off the track, and always updating his trucks and gadgets. Most importantly, he took pride in attending his grandchildren’s activities. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, H.A. Sr. and Ozella Bearden; and parent, Mary E. Cook. Mr. Bearden is survived by his wife, Marcelle Stone Bearden; his daughters, Debbie (James) Sprayberry, Linda (Art) Cleveland, and Sheila (Jeff) Clay; his grandchildren, Mickey (Shana) Fortenberry, Bubba (Christina) Fortenberry, Brad Clay, Brittney Clay, and Hunter Cleveland; and his great-grandchildren, Raven Fortenberry, Draven Burrage, and Ryleigh Partee. Pallbearers will be members of the United States Army. Honorary pallbearers will be Brownie Brown, Barrett Johnson, Tommy Ivey, Stan Pruett, and Jeff Bedwell. The family wishes to express a special thanks to Dr. Anthony Metcalfe, M.D., Dr. George C. Robinson, M.D. F.A.C.S., Dr. Mazen Hakim, M.D., and all other doctors and staff that helped to treat my husband and our Dad throughout his long illness. The family will receive friends on Monday, January, 28, 2013 from 6 until 8 p.m. at Collier-Butler Funeral and Cremation Services in Gadsden. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.collier-butler.com.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, January 28, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, January 29, 2013
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Curtis (Eddie) Guest

January 29, 2013

In a visit, a few months ago, he expressed a strong testimony and talked of a blessed hope to be with his Lord. I regret I will not be able to attend services.

Curtis (Eddie) Guest

January 29, 2013

I have fond memories of Buddy at family reunions at aunt Ozella's and Buddy was my double cousin. He visited me a few months ago and told me of his strong faith in the Lord and his trials with health problems and his faith and hope beyond this life with the Lord. From his testimony to me I have no doubt he is now in the presence of Jesus and so shall be forever.

TERRY KEENUM

January 29, 2013

BUDDY WAS ALWAYS SO FRIENDLY. ALWAYS CHATTING WHETHER IT BE IN PLACES YOU RAN INTO HIM OR JUST SITTING AT A RED LIGHT. MY HEART GORS OUT TO YOU MARCEL AND YOUR FAMILY. GOD BLESS YOU IN THE DAYS AHEAD. A GOOD MAN GONE TOO SOON.

Jamie Mitchell

January 28, 2013

I enjoyed Buddy and our conversation when he would get his truck service! Such a great person! Thoughts and prayers go out to his family!

Donna Harmon

January 28, 2013

We thought a lot of Buddy, he will be missed. So sorry for your loss. Lots of love and prayers to all.

Becky Ragsdale

January 28, 2013

We are so sorry for your loss. We will continue to pray for you.
The Ragsdale Family

January 27, 2013

You are in my prayers. Sue Gray

FROM THE FAMILY
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