OBITUARY

Darrell Ray Bedford

October 16, 1933December 3, 2018
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Darrell Ray Bedford, 85, passed away December 3, 2018 in Mansfield, Texas. Mr. Bedford was born in Bradley, Arkansas on October 16, 1933 to J.D. and Velma Bedford.

Mr. Bedford worked hard providing for his family as an over the road truck driver for Stokely Van Camp for 33 years. He met his wife, Katherine, when they were teenagers at a Dallas skating rink and they married March 15, 1952. They were married for 58 years. He loved spending time building and racing dune buggies, racing air cooled mini stocks at DFW Speedway for many years, and spending time tinkering in the garage. He also loved fishing, boating, skiing, and camping with his family.

Mr. Bedford resided in Grand Prairie for over 50 years before moving to the country in Venus, Texas. He lived in Venus the remainder of his life, where he enjoyed mowing the acreage, tending to his goats, sitting on his front porch, simply being out of the city.

Mr. Bedford is survived by his children; Peggy Carter, husband Bud, Beverly Driskill, husband, Michael, and his son, Darrell Ray Bedford, Jr. (deceased) and his surviving spouse, Elizabeth. He is also survived by his grandchildren; Christie McMahan, husband, Jay, Eddy Bernard, wife, Cassie, Candice Fincher, spouse, Bobby, Stephanie Bernard, spouse, Ryan, and Cody Glasgow; and great grandchildren; Hannah McMahan, Bailey Olsen, Cameron Fincher, Ashten McMahan, Aubrey McMahan, Kennedy True, Korbin Bernard and Jameson Bernard.

Mr. Bedford is preceded in death by his father and step-mother, J.D. and Lillie Bedford, and his mother and step-father, Velma and T.J. McKinney; his wife of 58 years, Katherine; his son, Darrell Ray Bedford, Jr., and his siblings; Fairy Jean Durham, Hazel Conner, Wayne Bedford and Hershel Bedford.

Mr. Bedford's arrangements are being handled by Grand Prairie Funeral Home.

Condolences and personal memories may be shared online at www.grandprairiefh.com

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Cody Glasgow, Active
  • Bud Carter, Active
  • Bobby Malchus, Active
  • Jay McMahan, Active
  • Michael Driskill, Active
  • David Langston, Active

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, December 5, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, December 6, 2018
REMEMBERING

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Tricia Brockman-Ramsey

January 7, 2019

I remember so many times spending the night with Beverly at her house. Her dad and mom were always so nice to me. One time they took me with them to the VFW Hall and they danced all night. I also remember Mr. Bedford taking us for rides in his dune buggy!! That was so much fun!! He was always kidding with me and making me laugh. In later years once I was grown he came into the bank where I was working. He still remembered me!! He was a very nice man and will not be forgotten. I know he is dancing with his bride in heaven!! I pray his precious family finds comfort knowing they will see him again!!❤️

Rene' Cherry

January 7, 2019

I love Mr. Bedford and this family. He never missed an opportunity to have a good time and dance! May God bless Beverly and her precious family...may they feel HIS loving embrace, comfort and Peace through this extremely difficult time. Let them know how much their daddy/grand dad was loved. Much love, hugs and prayers my friend. ❤🙏🏻

SHERRY Chasteen

January 7, 2019

This is such a beautiful tribute to a loving father, grandfather, friend. I remember spending the night and going to the VFW with Beverly and her parents! First time, I ever played shuffle board. Such a fun family always had so much fun with her mom and dad. He was such a great man and missed by everyone that knew him

Stephanie Bernard

January 6, 2019

Papa,
I have so many memories of my childhood with you as the world's greatest grandfather. You always had a joke or made me laugh. I love that you even carried on tradition and called my girls sugar bug, sugar duke. I think about those moments and try to share them with your great granddaughters. In my heart you are with Mimi and one day I will see you again. Love you so very much
♡Stephie

Peggy Carter

January 6, 2019

Dad, I LOVE You and miss you. So many wonderful memories, there is not a minute that goes by that your not in my thoughts. I bet your still making memories, in heaven now, with Mom and Darrell Ray, talking, dancing and racing. You were the best Dad!! I could not of asked for a better childhood, I know you and Mom, did everything for me, Darrell Ray and Beverly. We were your life and the reason you kept pushing on all those years as I know it was not easy at times. I don't know how to tell you how much I appreciate everything you showed me, except to tell you Dad, I was listening and will continue to use your advise in my every day life. You will never be forgotten, always remembered and I treasure all the times we shared together. Dad, until we meet again, know I love you dearly.
Peggy,

Vicky Christian

January 6, 2019

I always remember going to Uncle Darrell’s as a young child and adult !!
He always had some much love for everyone, would give you anything.
Always loved the family gatherings,
Always so many toys and things to do!!
Miss him and know he is fishing with my dad Wayne Bedford. Till we meet again,
Love to you all❤️❤️

Teresa Johnson

January 6, 2019

I remember Dad always in the garage or drive with Darrell working on dune buggies or something. Always sweet. Always wanting me to dance with him and I was always a horrible dancer. Loved him to the Moon.

Vicky Christian

December 3, 2018

So sorry for your loss,
May God give you strength and
comfort in the days ahead.
Keep those memories close you your heart.


Love you all,
Vicky Bedford Christian

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Biography

Darrell Ray Bedford, 85, passed away December 3, 2018 in Mansfield, Texas. Mr. Bedford was born in Bradley, Arkansas on October 16, 1933 to J.D. and Velma Bedford.

Mr. Bedford worked hard providing for his family as an over the road truck driver for Stokely Van Camp for 33 years. He met his wife, Katherine, when they were teenagers at a Dallas skating rink and they married March 15, 1952. They were married for 58 years. He loved spending time building and racing dune buggies, racing air cooled mini stocks at DFW Speedway for many years, and spending time tinkering in the garage. He also loved fishing, boating, skiing, and camping with his family.

Mr. Bedford resided in Grand Prairie for over 50 years before moving to the country in Venus, Texas. He lived in Venus the remainder of his life, where he enjoyed mowing the acreage, tending to his goats, sitting on his front porch, simply being out of the city.

Mr. Bedford is survived by his children; Peggy Carter, husband Bud, Beverly Driskill, husband, Michael, and his son, Darrell Ray Bedford, Jr. (deceased) and his surviving spouse, Elizabeth. He is also survived by his grandchildren; Christie McMahan, husband, Jay, Eddy Bernard, wife, Cassie, Candice Fincher, spouse, Bobby, Stephanie Bernard, spouse, Ryan, and Cody Glasgow; and great grandchildren; Hannah McMahan, Bailey Olsen, Cameron Fincher, Ashten McMahan, Aubrey McMahan, Kennedy True, Korbin Bernard and Jameson Bernard.

Mr. Bedford is preceded in death by his father and step-mother, J.D. and Lillie Bedford, and his mother and step-father, Velma and T.J. McKinney; his wife of 58 years, Katherine; his son, Darrell Ray Bedford, Jr., and his siblings; Fairy Jean Durham, Hazel Conner, Wayne Bedford and Hershel Bedford.

Mr. Bedford's arrangements are being handled by Grand Prairie Funeral Home.

Condolences and personal memories may be shared online at www.grandprairiefh.com