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Thomas E. Bee

Thomas E. Bee

Thomas Edward "Tommy" Bee, 58, of Muscle Shoals, entered his heavenly home Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, after a brief illness.

Visitation will be Thursday evening from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at South Highland Free Will Baptist Church (SHFWBC) in Muscle Shoals. The funeral service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the church. Burial will follow at Colbert Memorial Gardens in Tuscumbia. His son, Brother Scott Bee, Brother Shiloh Hackett, Pastor of SHFWBC, Brother Hoover Lewis and Brother David Thomas will be officiating.

Tommy is survived by his devoted wife, Barbara. Their 38th wedding anniversary would have been Dec. 12. He is also survived by his son, Scott Bee and wife, Amy, of Decatur, Ill.; and daughter, Laura Everett and husband, Justin, currently serving in the United States Air Force; grandchildren, Cameron, Preston, Emily, Savannah, Ava, and Brody; his mother, Stella Bee; brothers, Charlie Bee (Debbie), O'Neal Bee (Helen), Britt Bee (Deanna), and Danny Bee (Vicki); and sister, Donna Swackhamer Bee (Greg). There are also family and friends without number whose lives have been enriched by him and who will treasure his memory.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Bee; grandparents, Charles and Irene Bee and Clarence and Vernon Belew. Also, his father and mother-in-law, Wallie and Earline Zills; brothers-in-law, David Zills and Buddy Balentine; and niece, Bonnie Marie Zills.

Tommy received Christ at youth camp in 1975 and faithfully served Him for 38 years in many capacities including deacon, adult Sunday School teacher, music director, coach of the men's softball team, and endless hours serving behind the scenes. He was dedicated to his Lord, his family and his church.

He retired in 2000 after 25 years with the Lowe's Corporation and recently returned to work at Discount Dan's Home Center.

Serving as pallbearers will be Charlie Bee, O'Neal Bee, Britt Bee, Danny Bee, Buddy Troutt, Paul Liles, Ron Watson and Adell Stepp. Honorary pallbearers will be Brother Sidney Jackson, Ted Everett and men of the adult Sunday School class.

Colbert Memorial Chapel, Tuscumbia, is directing. You may sign the online guest register at colbertmemorial.com.

Published in Florence Times Daily from Dec. 4 to Dec. 5, 2013
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