George Ollie Bearden II

Thursday, January 9, 2014

George Ollie Bearden II, 72, passed away January 7, 2014, at the Rector Nursing and Rehab in Rector. He was born August 17, 1941, in Rector to Irwin and Ruby Gibbs Bearden.

George was a 1959 graduate of Rector High School. He continued his education at the U. T. in Memphis and received his pharmaceutical degree from U.T. Medical. He was a retired pharmacist who had spent many happy years in his downtown pharmacy serving the people of his hometown of Rector and the surrounding community. Working tirelessly with him each day were his loyal friends, Bucket Mosely, Dorothy Webb, and Ann Horton. George loved his family, friends, church, community, and school. While his three children were attending school, he was president of the Rector School Board.

He was an avid sports fan who loved and supported the Arkansas Razorbacks and the St. Louis Cardinals. George was a member of the Rector First Baptist Church. He loved his church family and often recalled the many happy days with his pastor and family. He was a Mason, a member of Ducks Unlimited, and the Lions Club.

He spent many relaxed hours reading the books of his favorite classic western author, Louis L' Amour. His outside activities during his retirement included quail hunting, fishing, and playing golf.

George was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, David L. Bearden.

He is survived by his three children, George Bearden III of Germantown, Tenn., Greg Bearden of Jonesboro and Debbie Bearden and her husband Gill Mouyal of Mountain Brook, Ala. He is also survived by Debbie's stepdaughters, Annie, Sarah and Hannah; his sister-in-law, Carletta Smith and three beloved nieces, Deah Bearden, Hollen Bearden and Letriana Bearden Teague.

George would want his friends to know that he was loyally supported and given much aid during his many illnesses by his ex-wife, Shirley, and her huband, Paul Vescoco.

Visitation will be from 12 noon Saturday, January 11, 2014, until service time at 2 p.m. at the Rector First Baptist Church with Rev. Ron Sanders officiating. Burial will follow at Woodland Heights Cemetery.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Don Kirklin, Bobby Tracer, Danny Ford, Brian Woods, Mike Adams, and Carl Doyne Parrish. Honorary pallbearers are David Webb and Marv, Jennifer and Reed Whitney.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Rector First Baptist Church.