Harry Andrew Bedgood, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, went home to be with God on November 3, 2023. He was a man of strength and unwavering determination. Born on March 12, 1950, Harry lived his life to the fullest and made an impact on everyone fortunate enough to know him. Harry was a proud member of the Citronelle and Mobile Seniors Golf Association and the Myrtle Beach Hackers Golf. He was passionate and willing to share his knowledge with those on the course, especially young golfers from Citronelle High School's golf team and the Summer Youth camp. As a season ticket holder for all Alabama Crimson Tide home football games, Harry proudly cheered on his favorite team. He lived for those exhilarating moments of victory and cherished the time spent family and friends. "Roll Tide Roll" Family was at the heart of Harry's life. For 52 years, he stood together with his loving wife Edna Fretwell Bedgood. Their bond was unbreakable, nourished with faith by love, trust and shared experiences.
Harry leaves behind three treasured daughters: LaRae Frolik (Tracy), Heather Bedgood, and Mandy Phillips (Eric). He was a pillar of strength guiding them with his wit and wisdom, providing them with unconditional love. His daughters will forever carry his spirit within their hearts and always rembemer "Dont worry about what you cannot change. Change what you can." In addition to being a caring father, Harry experienced great joy in being a grandfather to Andrew Whatley, Savanna Reed (Grady), Rose Bedgood, Charley Phillips, William Phillips, Kenny Zabel, and Jonny Zabel. Being with them filled his life with joy and peace. Harry's legacy will live on through the memories they shared together. Harry's great-grandchildren, Kaiden and Brantley, were the cause of laughter and wonder that brought a smile to his face. Harry leaves behind his sister, Nora Garney (Tom), brothers, Steve Bedgood (Rhonda), and JP Grandquest (Bobbi Carol), and sister in law Angie Bedgood. Harry was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse L. Bedgood, Sr., and Mary Grandquest; his sister, Geraldine Bedgood; his brothers, Jesse L. Bedgood, Jr. (Pat) and Rusty Bedgood; and his grandparents, Harry and Ruth Babcock.
In the community, Harry proudly held the esteemed role of Alabama State Commander of the Sons of the American Legion. With unyielding humility and dedication, he served as the current adjutant and a member of the Honor and Color Guard for Post 164. Throughout his life, Harry held many titles within the organization, including 1st Vice Commander. His commitment to service touched countless lives and left an indelible mark on those he encountered.
Outside of his accomplishments, Harry will be remembered for his remarkable personality. He was headstrong and stubborn at times but he had a special gift for making everyone feel welcomed and valued. Harry never met a stranger and could carry on a conversation with anyone along his paths. Harry was truly one of a kind.
Harry Andrew Bedgood's legacy will continue to live on through unforgetable memories with family, friends, and co-workers including: fishing with his grandson William, outings with numerous golf partners, countless football games and events, and traveling with the American Legion and representing Mobile Mardi Gras.
Visitation services will be held on November 6, 2023 at Restoration Church in Citronelle. From 9:45 AM to 11:00 AM, friends and family will have the opportunity to pay their respects and share comforting memories of Harry. A funeral service will follow at 11:00 AM. Burial to follow in Pine Crest Cemetery.
"My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me" -Jim Valrano
Pallbearers: Andy Whatley, Jay Bedgood, Mike Bedgood, Tracy Frolik, Eric Zabel, and Grady Reed
Honorary Pallbearers: Ricky Bedgood and the Honor Guard of American Legion Post 164