Gary Bearden

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Gary L. Bearden, Jr., 50, of Smithton, IL, born February 17, 1969, in Centreville, IL, passed away at home, after a brief battle with melanoma, on Thursday, August 15, 2019, surrounded by his family.

Gary was a production supervisor at Hubbell Wiegmann for 15 years.  He was a motocross enthusiast and a member of the Belleville Enduro Team, where he was often the track announcer.  Gary loved working in his “shop” and had an enthusiasm for everything fast.  He had a contagious laugh and smile, and he never met a stranger.  He lived his life to the fullest every day.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gary L. Bearden, Sr; and his grandparents, Ray and Loretta Biver and Jim and Hazel Bearden.

Surviving are his mother, Loretta Bearden, nee Biver;
a son, Cody (Samantha Bollmeier) Bearden;
a daughter, LeeAnn Bearden, all of Smithton, IL;
his companion, Emily Morris, nee Stumpf;
and her children, Joe and Ella Morris;
a sister, Tammy (Scott) Scharf of Millstadt, IL;
a brother, Scott (Tracie) Bearden of Lenzburg, IL;
and aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to an Education Fund for LeeAnn Bearden, or to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, August 19, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, August 19, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Scott Baker officiating.

According to Gary’s wishes, cremation will follow the services. A private burial will be held at Green Mount Protestant Cemetery, where he will be laid to rest with his Dad.

A Celebration of Life and Benefit will be held from 12 to 8 p.m. Saturday, August 24, 2019, at the Smithton Senior Center, Smithton, IL.


3 Comments on Gary Bearden

Diane Herr said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2019 at 9:03 PM

So sorry for your loss, Emily.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Dee Dee Loesche Funk said : Guest Report Aug 17, 2019 at 4:16 PM

My deepest sympathy. I didn’t know Gary in these later years but grew up near him. You are all in my prayers.

  • St. Libory
  • IL
Karen and Andy Jackson said : Guest Report Aug 17, 2019 at 1:12 PM

There will be a void in this family. GB was a joy to be around and will be greatly missed. God has another plan for his soul that just couldn't wait! He's off to start that new journey!

  • Grafton
  • IL

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