Funeral services for William “Billy” Bedgood, age 80 of Tuscaloosa, Ala., will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, 2010 at Harvey Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Mount Vernon City Cemetery with full military honors. Officiating will be his son-in-law, Ron McCool and his cousin, Willie Alcorn.
Mr. Bedgood was born Dec. 10, 1929 in Saltillo, to William Madison and Martha Alcorn Bedgood. He graduated from Saltillo High School in 1948 and East Texas State University in 1952. He married Marjorie Jean Hayes March 6, 1954 in Columbus, Ohio. He was a commissioned Second Lieutenant in the USAF and retired as a Lt. Colonel in 1973. He served in Indo China and Vietnam in the Strategic Air Command. He was stationed at several Air Force Bases in the United States and around the world. After retiring from the Air Force, he worked for 20 years as a Civil Servant. He also served as a volunteer with the American Red Cross, a search and rescue pilot for Civil Air Patrol and was a certified flight instructor. He was a member of the Church of Christ.
He died on Sunday, Nov. 28. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Robert Keith Bedgood and a sister, Martha Yvonne Byrd.
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; his daughters and their spouses, Laura K. and Ron McCool of Collinsville, Okla., Rebekah A. and Tom Story of Edmund, Okla., his sons and their spouses. Jeffery D. and Phyllis Bedgood of The Colony, Tex. and David A. and Twila Bedgood of Hoover, Ala.; two brothers and their wives, Dale and Betty Bedgood of Commerce and David D. and Donna Bedgood of Sherman; a sister, Carolyn Beckett of Paris,11 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Mark Byrd, Robert K. Bedgood, Daniel McCool, Jesse Story, Will Story and Caleb Bedgood. Honorary Pallbearers will be Willie Alcorn, Joshua McCool, Dale Bedgood, David Dwayne Bedgood, Gerald Lyautey, Kenneth Bedgood, Kyle Bedgood, Matt Ballay and Joel Bedgood.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4144 N. Central Expressway, Ste. 750, Dallas, Tex., 75204 or Boles Children’s Home, 7065 Love St., Quinlan, Tex., 75474.