|Birth: ||Sep. 2, 1919|
|Death: ||Jan. 26, 2006|
Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Morgan Funeral Chapel for Paul Bearden, 86, Albertville, who died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2006. The Rev. Jimmy Bailey will officiate. Burial in Rainbow Memorial Park. Morgan Funeral Chapel & Crematory directing.
Mr. Bearden was the owner of Bearden Sporting Goods for many years. He was a veteran of World War II. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorene Bearden.
He is survived by his sons, Robert (Margaret) Bearden, Joe Bearden and Phillip (Maria) Bearden, six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be family and friends.
The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Morgan Funeral Chapel.
Article published Jan. 28,2006 Gadsden Times
The "Early" Edition May, 2005
A salute to the Veterans of World War II
For many, Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer. But to others, including the country's thousands of combat veterans, the day is an important reminder of those who perished in the service of their county. Mr. Paul Bearden is an Army veteran who currently resides at Alameda Courts. We had a visit with Mr. Bearden recently, and together, we remembered the soldiers of World War II and what they experienced to protect the many freedoms we hold so dear today.
Mr. Bearden grew up in a family with 8 boys and 1 girl. He and two of his younger brothers volunteered to serve their country during World War II.He was 21,just a bit shy of his 22nd birthday, when he joined the Army and was sent to Fort McClellan then on to Fort Riley, Kansas. He came home for 2 weeks before he was sent across the country to San Francisco, California to ship out on the USS West Point(the USS West Point was originally a cruise ship that was converted into a Troop Transport for the war). He was carried across the Pacific from San Francisco to Sydney, Australia.After landing in Sydney,the freshly transported troops made their way across the islands of the area, finally landing on the island of New Guinea.Mr. Bearden and many of the troops who were transported with him were part of a replacement group for the many soldiers that were previously lost.Mr. Bearden remembers that whe he first arrived on the islands,someone told him "when you hit the ground-shoot anything that moves-if it doesn't move,stick it with a bayonet,then shoot it".This replacement group of soldiers made their way from one island to another.The climate of the area was hot and humid year round,and there was an abundance of mosquitoes in the area.All the soldiers had to take pills to prevent them from contracting Malaria.The troops were on the move towards the Philippine Islands to liberate them from the Japanese occupation.Mr. Bearden remembers they were making their way to Japan when the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.The dropping of the bomb caused massive tidal waves in the area.The soldiers were told to go to higher ground;when they returned to lower ground,they found that the water came over many low lying areas and took away much of the supplies that they left behind.At that time,they did not know that the bomb was dropped.Mr. Bearden served in the South Pacific for a little over 2 years.On their way back home, the troops were supposed to continue taking their pills to prevent them from getting Malaria.Mr. Bearden stopped taking his pills when they were in the Pacific Ocean around the International Date Line.He came down with a fever when the ship was just a few days out from getting back to the United States.That was the last thing he remembered until he woke up 14 days later in a hospital in Mississippi.Mr. Bearden was told that when the ship landed,he was flown from San Francisco to Hattiesburg,Mississippi.He did recover from his bout with Malaria, but it took him about a year to fully recuperate.
Memorial Day is one day out of the year to honor our family and friends who died in conflicts and wars;not to honor war, but to honor those that paid the ultimate price.We must all remember to reach out and express our gratitude to the families of fallen heroes for their ultimate sacrifice,and also to thank veterans and active military personnel for their service to our country. Thank you,Mr. Bearden,and thank you to all veterans who have served their country so well!
William Roland Bearden (1880 - 1966)
Annie Connell Bearden (1883 - 1982)
Lois Lorene Mize Bearden (1922 - 2003)*
Julian Roosevelt Bearden (1904 - 1960)*
Beatrice Clements Bearden Studdard Glass (1906 - 2004)*
O Z Bearden (1909 - 1987)*
Jerry Loyce Bearden (1916 - 1973)*
Louie Bearden (1916 - 1989)*
Paul Bearden (1919 - 2006)
Hershel Leon Bearden (1921 - 1984)*
Rainbow Memorial Park
Created by: Joyce Mize Worsham
Record added: May 23, 2010
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