OBITUARY

H "Ken" Kenneth Bruce

June 5, 1939October 14, 2021
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Mr. H. Kenneth “Ken” Bruce (82) of Hogansville, Ga. went to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 14, 2021.

A lifelong resident of Troup County, Ken was born June 5, 1939 to the late Wilson Bruce & Lois Yarbrough Smith. He graduated from Troup High School in1959, where he played football for the Troup High Tigers. Ken married his high school sweetheart Phyllis Reason Bruce in 1960.

Ken worked at Bill Johnson Motors & Metropolitan Insurance before pursuing his permanent career as an insurance agent, and opening his own business, Bruce Insurance Agency in 1974. He was an active agent for 26 years, and received the President’s Trophy Award in 1986 for Cotton States Insurance. So many of his loyal customers became dear friends and extended family to the agency. He later retired in 2000.

Ken & Phyllis were married for sixty-one years, and raised two children. He was a five-year member of Carpenter’s for Christ where he mixed the mortar and built many churches. He was a young man when ordained as a deacon, and served his own church faithfully through the years. His last service was to the Rosemont Baptist Church children’s department, greeting the children on Sunday mornings and continuing the tradition of passing out candy at the door.

After retirement he and Phyllis loved to travel in their motorhome experiencing many great places & states. They were members of Southeastern Roamers Camping Club. He also loved the beach with many dear friends enjoying time together over the years. Ken loved to deep sea fish, enjoyed seafood, and a good ‘ol fish fry. Sunday afternoons after church was always a time for resting, watching the Atlanta Falcons, and Nascar racing. He cherished the Family dinners & holidays that were such a special time to all. He was always in charge of scrambling the eggs & frying the bacon. There was much happiness, love & laughter.

Ken is survived by his devoted and loving wife, Phyllis Bruce; two children he loved dearly, Allen (LaSha) Bruce and Michele (Johnny) Green; four grand-daughters he adored, Julie (Korey) Noles, Lindsey (Ken) Truitt, Sidney (Will) Bates and Emily (Gus) Golden; six sweet great-grandbabies, Bennett, Lydia & Collier Noles, Stella & Griffin Truitt and Baby Watson Bates, due October 18, 2021; three sisters, Phyllis Hall, Debra (Danny) Black, Rene Middlebrook, and several extended family members.

A celebration of life service will be held at 3:00pm, on Sunday, October 17, 2021 in the Chapel of Striffler-Hamby Mortuary in LaGrange, GA with Rev. Adam Camp and Rev. Max McCord officiating. The gathering of family & friends will take place from 2:00-3:00pm, prior to the service.

Flowers will be accepted, or contributions in Ken’s memory can be made to Rosemont Baptist Church. Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by visiting www.shlagrange.com.

Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA 30240 (706) 884-8636

  • FAMILY

  • Leila Phyllis Bruce, Spouse
  • Allen Bruce, Son
  • Michelle Green, Daughter
  • Julie Noles, Grandaughter
  • Lindsey Truitt, Grandaughter
  • Sidney Bates, Grandaughter
  • Emily Golden, Grandaughter
  • Bennett Noles, Great Grandchild
  • Lydia Noles, Great Grandchild
  • Stella Truitt, Great Grandchild
  • Griffin Truitt, Great Grandchild
  • Watson Bates, Great Grandchild
  • DONATIONS

  • Rosemont Baptist Church

Services

  • Gathering of Family and Friends

    Sunday, October 17, 2021

  • A Celebration of Life Memorial Service

    Sunday, October 17, 2021

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H "Ken" Kenneth Bruce

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Teena McManus

October 17, 2021

Phyliss, just saw this. Prayers for you all ❤️

Janice Milam

October 17, 2021

Phyllis, I couldn’t stop watching the video and looking at all the wonderful pictures of a beautiful family you and Ken have. I know how proud he was of all of you. I have so many fond memories of all of us cousins gathering at Mama Sayers and Big Daddys for family dinners over the years. When Hunter passed away Ken would tell you let’s go pick up Janice in Columbus and go to Cheddars and you did many times and I loved it. I don’t know where he put all that food. I know he’s in the arms of Jesus now and what a wonderful place to be.

Tyrone and Glenda Smallwood

October 15, 2021

My wife and I were so sorry to hear of Kenneth passing. I always remember helping when he was coaching the little football team. He was always pleasant and a joy to talk too. God bless all of you at this time. Tyrone and Glenda Smallwood

Patricia Neill

October 15, 2021

Kenneth was always teasing his cousins. He would invert his eye lids and chase us, him laughing and us screaming. The last one I saw him I asked if he could still do that. He laughed and asked if I wanted to see him do it again.I have such fun memories of that sweet man. I’m sure he’s into mischief in Heaven.

Paula Edwards

October 15, 2021

Mr. Kenneth was my parents insurance agent for many years, my prayers go out to his family.
Paula Edwards
Lanett, Alabama

Lois Ashley

October 15, 2021

He was great landlord and nice Christian man. Praying for your family.

Darryl Yarbrough

October 14, 2021

I always looked up to Butch as a young man. He was always kind, and genuinely liked by everyone.

I would see him and always ask, how can I be like you? He would say, Son, just smile and always have something good to say to anyone you meet.

REST in peace cuz!!!

David Morgan

October 14, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you today and the days to come. We have great memories of the times we had together. May God keep his hands on you in the days to come🙏🙏🙏

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