Alvin Lawrence Beedie, age 83, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away on June 20, 2013, at Westwood Healthcare and Rehab Center. Al, or Coach Beedie as most people knew him, was born on Aug. 3, 1929, in South Norfolk, Va., to William and Ella Beedie. He was a veteran of the United States Coast Guard and United States Air Force and retired as a chief master sergeant at Eglin Air Force Base after 30 years and 23 days of honorable service. He continued his career in civil service at Eglin Air Force Base for another 24 years and three months. Al loved working, volunteering at Eglin, and coaching Little League baseball for almost 30 years.
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He is survived by his wife of over 40 years, Hao Beedie; daughter, Sophie Beedie-March and husband, Jef March, of Shalimar, Fla.; son, Michael and wife, Katherine, of Navarre, Fla.; son, Gary and wife, Lynne, of South Mills, N.C.; son, William, of Elizabeth City, N.C.; and three grandchildren.
A celebration of life service for family and friends will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2013, at Emerald Coast Funeral Home from 2 to 3 p.m. A private burial will be held at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola for family on Monday, July 1, 2013, at 11:45 a.m., with U.S. Air Force military honors.
Arrangements are entrusted to Emerald Coast Funeral Home in Fort Walton Beach. You may offer condolences, share memories, and sign the guestbook at www.emeraldcoastfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Coach Al Beedie Little League Fund through the Fort Walton Beach Youth Sports Association at (850)496-2227, which will be used towards the new City of Fort Walton Beach Recreation Complex.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home
161 Racetrack Rd NW
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on June 23, 2013