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Collas ‘Goat’ Bledsoe

Services for Collas “Goat” Bledsoe, of Brookhaven, are 11 a.m.Saturday, Aug. 16, at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church inBrookhaven with burial in Hillcrest Cemetery.

Visitation is Friday from noon until 7 p.m. with family presentfrom 6 until 7 p.m. at R.E. Tyler Funeral Home.

Mr. Bledsoe, 90, died Aug. 11, 2008, at G.V. (Sonny) MontgomeryVA Medical Center in Jackson. He was born in Brookhaven on March 1,1918, to William Bledsoe and Ethel Smith Bledsoe.

He was a former truck driver for Southern Wholesale inBrookhaven. He served in the U.S. Army. He was a member ofMacedonia Missionary Baptist Church and served on the trusteeboard.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, EudieBledsoe; his sons, William and Earnest Bledsoe, his brothers,Denon, R.T., Ameal, Osborne and Burnell Bledsoe; his sisters,Wydell Markham and Gertrude Shipp.

Survivors are his son, Larry Bledsoe, of Gulfport; hisdaughters, Collisteen Wells and Ora McKeever, of Brookhaven; hissister, Mazie Coleman, of Los Angeles; his 17 grandchildren and 13great-grandchildren.