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JEAN BODIFORD

Jean Bodiford, 89, a resident of Greenville, AL died Tuesday, July 13.

A “Celebration of Life “service was held Saturday, July 17 at Southside Baptist Church with Reverend Herbert Brown and Hospice Chaplain Jason Simmons officiating and Dunklin Funeral Home directing.

Pallbearers for the “Celebration of Life” service were: Tommy Hinson, Todd Norman, Bodie Pickens, Leander Pickens, Kal Piggott, and Slade Piggott

Burial followed at Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery.

“Granny Jean”, as she was known by so many, was preceded in death by her loving husband: Kelly Bodiford; parents: Edward A. Cobb and Nina Mae Sollie Cobb; sisters: Mary E. Cobb and Mary Lou Weaver; brothers: Walter E. “Buddy” Cobb, Edward A “Junior” Cobb, and Ray Cobb and son-in-law: Phillip Pickens.

She was also blessed to have a wonderful 2nd mother, Alfreda Cobb, following the death of her birth mother when Granny Jean was seven years old.

She is survived by her children: Betty Bodiford Pickens of Greenville, AL, Sally Bodiford Piggott (James) of Greenville, AL and Linda Bodiford Jernigan (Patrick) of Greenville, AL; grandchildren: Ginger Norman (Todd) of Greenville, AL, Raisin Seymour (Clint) of Auburn, AL, Kal Piggott of Greenville, AL, Tricia Jernigan of Fort Worth, TX, Leander Pickens (Kathy) of Greenville, AL, Robie Hinson (Tommy) of Greenville, AL, Leonora Harrison (Nathan) of Mobile, AL, Slade Piggott (Jehle) of Greenville, AL, Bodie Pickens (Beth) of Brewton, AL and Lillian Jernigan of Columbia, SC; great-grandchildren: Cody Norman, Cam (Bailey) Norman, Haley Esperago, Jacob Seymour, Blake and Kaylee Piggott, Jamie and Noah Pickens, Blaine Hinson, Phillip Harrison, William Pride and McFerrin Piggott, and Samuel and Elizabeth Grace Pickens; sisters: Anne Brown of Frisco City, AL and Sandra Bradley of Spanish Fort, AL; brother: Clifford Allen of Mobile, AL; brother-in-law: Robert Bodiford of Excel, AL; many nieces and nephews; faithful furry companions: Dixie, who was always by Granny’s side, and Mavis, her 22 year old cat.

Granny Jean was an influence to many generations of children at Southside Baptist Church in Greenville, Alabama.  Being the 6th grade Sunday School teacher for almost 40 years, many children came through her class.  Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were many that were influenced by her Biblical teaching.  She taught mission friends, VBS, discipleship training, and joined alongside her husband, Kelly Bodiford in leading the bus ministry.

The family would like to thank the members of Southside Baptist Church, especially Dr. Pam Ingram for treating Granny Jean during her illness.  They also want to thank Heather, Andrea, Monica, April, and Jason with Southern Care Hospice for their care.

A full obituary can be viewed here