November 21, 1935 – September 30, 2019
Benjamin Bathurst, 83, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and uncle, was taken from us unexpectedly on Monday, September 30th, in Pensacola, FL. He was born on November 21, 1935 in Pensacola, FL, where he grew up and attended school. Benjamin served the city of Pensacola for over 30 years and 25 years as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army in which he retired from both.
Benjamin was a family man who had love and compassion for all people. Benjamin loved to bowl and was passionate about sports to include his beloved Tampa Rays baseball and New Orleans Saints football. He is best remembered by all he encountered as having a gentle soul, kind heart and an infectious smile. His kindness, generosity and loyalty to family and friends was well known to all. Above all else, Benjamin lead a life that was dedicated to family, who meant everything to him.
Benjamin is preceded in death by his wife, Dona Bathurst and his son, Timothy Bathurst. He is survived by his daughters, Cheryl Kelley (Gary Kelley) and Darlene Bathurst, both from Pensacola; his sons Benjamin Bathurst from Pensacola,FL and Philip Bathurst from New Orleans, LA; grandchildren Chadd Kelley, Cara Kelley, Christian Bathurst, and Lil Gary; and great grandchildren Anthony Jr. and Adriauna Rutherford in addition to several nieces and nephews.
“Mom, Dad is home with you now where his heart has always been. He’s a wonderful man, so please take care of each other until we all can be together again. He is loved so much and we will miss him every day!”
The family will receive friends for visitation at Oak Lawn Funeral Home from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, with a funeral service immediately following. Interment will follow at 2:00 pm at Barrancas National Cemetery, where services will be officiated by Gary Kelley and full military honors will be rendered. Oak Lawn Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.
- Dona Bathurst, Wife (deceased)
- Timothy Bathurst, Son (deceased)
- Cheryl (Gary) Kelley, Daughter
- Darlene Bathurst, Daughter
- Benjamin Bathurst, Son
- Philip Bathurst, Son
- Chadd Kelley, Grandchild
- Cara Kelley, Grandchild
- Christian Bathurst, Grandchild
- Lil Gary, Grandchild
- Anthony Rutherford Jr., Great Grandchild
- Adriauna Rutherford, Great Grandchild
- In addition to several nieces and nephews.
- Visitation Tuesday, October 8, 2019
- Funeral Service Tuesday, October 8, 2019
- Graveside Service Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Nancy & Emma Ruth Felton
October 7, 2019
Thinking of you and wishing you our best. Many happy memories with Ben at the bowling center.
Emma Ruth, Nancy and Edward
October 5, 2019
I have a life full of so many great memories and great times. I remember when I was a little kid we would do our Saturday routine. You would give me a 1.00 and take me to the store for penny candy. Then we would go to the rock pile, take me to climb on the trains at the park downtown, take me to the park to play at sanders beach and so many more fun things. I remember the many camping trips to munson and my first time at Disney world when we(Mom and You) got lost when we walked out the park to find the car. You have always been there for me and taught me so many things about life. I was so lucky to have a father like you. We talked all the time over these last two years of how ready you was if and when god decided to take you home. We would talk about mom and how much you really missed her. I'm happy for you now since i know she was the first person that welcomed you to paradise. I will miss you and i promise i will continue to live a life in honor of how you raised me and continue to make you proud. I hope that one day i can come close in becoming the man that you were for our family. You always said in tough times we have no choice but to deal with stuff head on. I know if you were here you would tell us that. I love you and will miss you. Till we meet again in paradise, hold it down for me. Save my spot! I'm sure i will have a lot to tell you.
October 2, 2019
Pop's. What can I say. It would take hours to explain what you meant and still do mean to us. I knew you for for 45 years. He had a big heart. He helped us tremendously. One story. I'm old skool. Even back then in the late 70s. I asked for Cheryls hand in marriage. We were In the tv room I call it. On the couch him and I. I can see and feel it now. Of course he said yes for me to take my beautiful best friend in my arms. He also asked me if I would take care of her and love her. Of course I respected him and I meant it as me and my best friend are together today. Still my wife and best friend. Me and pops had many private conversations. During camping or at the famous kitchen table at his home. Before I went in the military we would jog together. He was fun. I want y'all to know we talked of heaven and Jesus Christ not once but many times. I wanted to make sure he knew my best friend. Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and savior. I want you to know he loved Christ and was very humble about how Jesus carried him through many hard times. He knew Jesus. pops and I shared tragic times together more than once. He'd tell you today Jesus got him through all those times. How do I know I was there when he told me. So let not your hearts be troubled Jesus said. Pops can't come back to us but if you know his best friend Jesus you can go to him. That's just a little about Pop's