Raymond "Buddy" Edward Bearden

March 2, 1945February 11, 2014
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Bearden, Raymond “Buddy,” age 68, passed peacefully on February 11, 2014. He was of the Baptist Faith. He was a graduate of Rule High School, class of ’64. He proudly served his country during the Vietnam War, as an Air Force Radar Control Operator. Buddy’s love of golf even had him playing in the winter months, with his brother, Rick. He constantly declared himself to be the top golfer and winner “always” against his brother-in-law and great friend, Stormy. He reunited with, and in 1998 married, his high school sweetheart, the love of his life, Edith. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Louise Bearden, as well as Eddie Pittman and Eva Stiles. He is survived by his wife, Edith; step-children, Kim Cox, Jeff Stevens (wife, Laura), Tiffanie Sloan (husband, Greg); sisters, Wanda Pittman (husband, Gary Call), Linda Smith (husband, Stormy), Barbara Stiles, Sue Allen (husband, Charles Ray); brothers, “Dub,” Rick (wife, Pat), Terry; eight very beloved, special grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several nephews and nieces. The family will receive friends Saturday, February 15th 12:00 – 2:00 pm at Weaver Funeral Home. Funeral service 2:00 pm, Pastor Jeff Stevens and Preacher Timothy Gupton officiating. Interment to follow at New Gray Cemetery. Arrangements by Weaver Funeral Home, 5815 Western Avenue (588-3868). Condolences may be left at


  • Visitation Saturday, February 15, 2014
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 15, 2014

Raymond "Buddy" Edward Bearden

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February 18, 2014

Edith, I am so sorry for your loss. I was out of town or I would have been there. Please know I will always love you and ask God to watch over you in these difficult days. God Bless you and your family! Claudia

February 17, 2014

Sending loving thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May the Lord's peace surround you.
Joann Wade

Linda Smith

February 16, 2014

Hello Old Man, my pet name for you in your suffering days. If I were coming to see you and I wasn't there when you thought I should be, my phone would ring, ring, ring. If I were walking from my car into the nursing home, I kept you on the phone, until I walked into your room. At that time, you would simply say bye and I would say bye. We both hung up laughing. Talking about Jesus, we did talk about Jesus. I believed you hungered to be saved. After asking my preacher to visit with you and you learned how to tell if you were saved,you finally told me: The most important thing in you life was Jesus. Oh, at the times I left there crying because you hurt so bad, or I was feeling sorry for myself, I was very aware that you were saved. You loved my grandchildren, and they would come sing I'll Fly Away and you and I would sing right along. The Old Man was gone, the new man appeared. You went peacefully. I love you and I will miss you. Someday we will meet again, until then I love you so so much.

February 15, 2014

May God bless you at this time, you and your family are in my prayers. I know that you have peace in knowing Raymond is now living in a Heavenly home. Love to you
Donna Gorman Johnston

Teresa Johnson

February 15, 2014

Go rest in the arms of Jesus Ray.

Teresa Johnson

February 15, 2014

Go Rest in the arms of Jesus Ray.

Tania Keller

February 14, 2014

Buddy, I will miss you so much! I will never forget the time I spent my spring break with you! I think about how you wouldn't let me watch TV at night because you said it would wake you up. I think its funny now. I used to laugh at you and I would get so excited when mom would say you were coming to stay at the house. I usually could get you to buy me anything. LOL! I want you know that I love you and I know you are home with Jesus and having a great time up there in Heaven. I know you may not remember them but my Mother and Papaw are up there and I know you have seen them please tell them I love them and I miss them. I will see you again! Love you!
Love always,
Your Niece Tania

The Staff of Weaver Funeral Home

February 14, 2014

With deepest sympathy, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Debbie Byrd

February 14, 2014

Edith and Linda - I'm so sorry for your loss - my arms are wrapped around both of you! Edith, you have been such a trooper enduring years of being a faithful and loyal partner and wife to Ray - my heart breaks for you both - love to you!

Kaye (Walker) Underwood

February 14, 2014

I am so sorry for your loss. Raymond was a kind and gentle spirit and many looked up to him.