October 25, 1935 – February 6, 2016
Mr. Bearden passed away Saturday, Dec. 6, 2016, at a nursing home in Pensacola, Fla., near his daughter. He was 80.
Visitation will be Tuesday, February 9th, 6 – 8 pm at New Hope Funeral home. The funeral will be Wednesday, February 10th, at 1:00 pm at the Hebron Church of Christ.
Dock grew up in the Hebron community, the son of Dock Bearden and Margie Lucille Hodge Bearden and one of 4 brothers. Three of the brothers, including him, married sisters.
He, along with 2 of his brothers and a family friend, formed a county music band in the 1970s. The Country Gents became well known in north Alabama.
When Mr. Bearden and his wife first married, they settled near the Guntersville Dam and farmed. He later worked as a welder and transmission mechanic.
An amateur radio operator, he loved to “tinker” and taught himself to break down and repair radios, his family said.
He moved his family to New Hope in 1978.
Mr. Bearden is survived by 2 daughters, Donna Colvard (Keith) and Patricia Walling; a son, Mike Bearden (Melinda); 3 grandchildren, Michael Austin Bearden, Cassandra Lynn Bearden and Justin Coy Walling; and 3 brothers, Delbert Calvin Bearden Sr. (Annette), Kenneth Wayne Bearden and Donald Ray “Bill” Bearden (Jo Ann).
He was preceded in death by wife, Roberta Bearden; a daughter, Carolyn Jean Bearden; and pet Bitty-Bit.
Officiating at the service will be Bro. Bobby Starnes and Bro. Mark Hastings
Mr. Bearden will be buried in the Walker Cemetery with New Hope Funeral Home directing. Pallbearers will be Calvin Bearden, Donald Ray Bearden Jr., Brandon Batey, Matthew Batey, Jonathan Batey, Curtis Bridges Jr., Justin Walling and Austin Bearden