Sidney Borom Bledsoe, Jr., 67, a native of Armstrong in Macon County died Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at Mobile Infirmary. Bledsoe, a retired state employee and registered nurse, had been a resident of Thomasville for the past 11 years. He was a resident of Satsuma for several years prior to his retirement in 2002.
He was a long-time employee of the Alabama State Parks system, having served as Park Manager or Superintendent at Blue Springs State Park in Barbour County; Wind Creek State Park in Tallapoosa County and Lakepoint Resort State Park in Eufaula.
Born Sept. 9, 1946, to Sidney B. and Sue D. Bledsoe, his family had a history of large agribusiness and commercial operations in rural Macon County going back several generations. He was educated in the public schools of Macon and Bullock counties, graduating from Bullock County High School in Union Springs in 1965. He also attended Georgia Military Academy (now Woodruff Academy) for three years. He attended Auburn University for a short time following high school.
Following his career with the Alabama State Parks system, Bledsoe resumed his formal education. He received his Licensed Practical Nurse diploma from Hobson State Technical College (now Alabama Southern Community College) in 1993 and his Associate Degree, Registered Nurse, from the University of Mobile in 1995. He continued his education at Faulkner University, receiving his BS degree in 1998.
At the conclusion of his service with the State of Alabama, Bledsoe worked in numerous capacities as a registered nurse, including Director of Nursing at a Baldwin County nursing home and clinical instructor in the LPN/RN program at Alabama Southern Community College.
In retirement, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking and working on the grounds around his rural Clarke County home.
He was a member of Midway Baptist Church in Thomasville.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Leanne Bledsoe Sellers. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Scarlett Knight Bledsoe of Thomasville; two sons, Lance (Candice) Bledsoe of Saraland and Greg (Lita) Bledsoe of Leesburg, Va.; two daughters, Cyndy B. (Sam) Aikens of Springville and Lynn Bledsoe of Montgomery; sister, Emma S. “Bebe” Bledsoe of Montgomery; 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service will be at Midway Baptist Church in Thomasville at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 to celebrate his life. Donations to a favorite charity are requested in lieu of flowers.
Miss Nancy Rufus Burchfield, 85, of Thomasville died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 at the Thomasville Health Care and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Dec. 10, 1927 in Hamburg, Ark. Burchfield was a retired registered nurse, a member of Thomasville Baptist Church and the Order of Eastern Star.
She is survived by her sister, Ruth (Jesse B.) Galbraith of Thomasville; two sister-in-laws, Marnell Burchfield and Opal Burchfield, both of Crossett, Ark.; a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee Roy and Ophelia Jordan Burchfield; five brothers, Paul Burchfield, C. I. “Jack” Burchfield, H. B. “Nig” Burchfield, L. R. “Tiny” Burchfield, Jr. and Ecil Burchfield and sister, Mildred Maxwell.
Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 7 at Jones Funeral Home in Crossett, Ark. with Rev. Lyles Hern officiating. Interment followed at Pinewood Memorial Park in Crossett with O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Thomasville directing.
Active pallbearers were Billy P. Burchfield, Randall Burchfield, James H. Burchfield, Freddy Guin, Tommy Maxwell and Will Maxwell. Honorary pallbearers were Billy B. Burchfield, Roger Burchfield, Brent Galbraith, Steven Galbraith and Dale Galbraith.
Condolences my be offered at www.obryantchapelfh.com.