Dr. Edgar H. "Buddy" Bedenbaugh
1936 - 2021
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Dr. Edgar H. "Buddy" Bedenbaugh
Dr. Edgar H. "Buddy" Bedenbaugh, Jr, 84, of Hattiesburg passed away on February 9, 2021 at Asbury Hospice House. A private family service will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2021, with a memorial service to follow at a later date.
Dr. Bedenbaugh was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. He was a graduate of the University of Florida, with both a master's and a Doctoral. He was a professor at the University of Southern Mississippi for 30 years, where he served as the Chair for the Department of Educational Leadership and Research, as well as serving as a major professor and doctoral committee chair for over seventy doctoral graduates in education. He was the author and co-author of numerous research articles in administration and finance. He was a sport enthusiast, being a fan of the New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, the U.S.M. Golden Eagles, but especially the Florida Gators. He enjoyed the city of New York, with his favorite place being Broadway. He enjoyed reading and watching select television programs, especially watching college football.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar H. Bedenbaugh, Sr. and Annie Lee Hunt Bedenbaugh; his wife, Carolyn Anne McPherson Bedenbaugh; and two sisters, Anne Alene Bedenbaugh Davis and Thelma Frances Bedenbaugh.
He is survived by his three children, Michael H. Bedenbaugh (Carolyn Ross) of Hattiesburg, Christopher Patrick Bedenbaugh (Elizabeth Smith) of Hattiesburg, and Katherine Anne "Kate" Bedenbaugh Burchfield (Kevin) of Alpharetta, GA; and five grandchildren, Christopher Alan Bedenbaugh, Michael Ross Bedenbaugh, Zachary Kevin Burchfield, Jeremy Chase Burchfield, and Callie Anne Burchfield.

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Published in Lake City Reporter on Feb. 12, 2021.
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February 12, 2021
Dear Mike, Chris, Kate, spouses and grandchildren, I am so very sorry that "Dr. B" is gone. He and I were texting up through Tuesday, Feb. 2nd. That day he told me that the food wasn't bad and that he was feeling much better! I surely don't know the whole story but that was my last word from him, so I know things went downhill quickly from there. He was a VERY special person in my life for 35 years! (I'm one of those 70 doctoral students, you know.) And he was oh-so-proud of all of you. It was a joy for me to know you all, too, and get to do things like sing at your wedding, Kate! He and your mom were such an inspirational love story. They were so good to me through the years. I live in Albuquerque, NM, now but come to Mississippi several times a year in non-COVID times. I would love to attend any service you have later, if you could somehow let me know when/where that ends up happening. And I'd like to share some photos with you, if one of you might contact me with an address/email. Meanwhile, please know you are all in my prayers, especially tomorrow. And I am thanking God for Buddy Bedenbaugh! Love, Jeanne Forrester
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February 12, 2021
Mike, so sorry to hear about the loss of your Father. My sincere condolences to you and your family!
Debbie Rowell
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