J.M. Bodiford, 79, of Altha, Florida, passed away Tuesday, August 25, 2009, in Altha.
J.M. was a lifelong resident of Altha and was a retired tug boat captain. He was a member of Red Level Masonic Lodge F&AM and the Order of Eastern Star Blountstown Chapter 179 and also a member of Shaddai Shrine Temple in Panama City.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe D. and Montee Bodiford.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty A. Bodiford, of Altha; a daughter, Shelby Bodiford Harrell, and her husband, Ricky, of Fort Pierce, Florida; two grandsons, Richard Bodiford Harrell and Joshua Aaron Harrell, of Fort Pierce; beloved children, Johnny Garrett, Barbara Owens, Carl Desrosier and Michael Owens, all of Altha; four brothers, Ben Bodiford of Connecticut, George Bodiford of Oklahoma, Tio Bodiford of Blountstown, and Glen Bodiford of Melbourne, Florida; two sisters, Maxine Hand of Blountstown and Vivian Godwin of Panama City, Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, August 29, at Adams Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Mike Sullivan and Reverend John Kusnier officiating. Serving as active pall bearers were Rudy Rackley, Jamie Edenfield, Nicolas Edenfield, Buddy Alday, Jamie Alday and Stacy Alday. Serving as honorary pall bearers were Jay Hoyt Rackley, Charles Waldorff, Kirby Melton, Eddie Knight, Don Melton, Eddie Williams, David Branton and his “McDonalds” 7 o’clock Club friends. Interment followed in the Magnolia Baptist Church Cemetery with full Masonic rites.
Adams Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements (ph. 674-5449 adamsfh.com).