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Kenneth Ray Bearden, 61, of Commerce went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, May 5, 2016.
The funeral service took place Tuesday, May 10, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Commerce with Brother David Burns and Brother Byron George officiating. Interment followed at Cumby Cemetery.
Commerce Funeral Home in Commerce is in charge of arrangements.
He was born Dec. 20, 1954, in Sulphur Springs, Texas, to James Dudley Bearden and Christine George Bearden.
Kenneth graduated from Cumby High School in 1973. He was then hired by his brother-in-law, Kenneth Cummings, to work at the Sonic Drive-in as the assistant manager. He continued a lifelong career with Sonic and the Winterringer family, aka Wintco. Known around town and to his employees as "KB," he took great pride in running the drive-in and always hoped he was teaching good work ethics to the many teenagers who worked for him. His employees meant the world to him. Many remained good friends to him for the 42 years he had been there.
Kenneth was kindhearted and generous. He loved to help the schools, churches and other organizations with their fundraisers; donating whatever he could to help. He was a simple man who loved sitting and playing his guitar, country music, Nascar racing and most of all his family and friends.
Kenneth is survived by his wife of almost 43 years, Carolyn; daughters Robin Nabers and husband Justin of Commerce, Wendi Humphries and husband Charles of Cumby; son Brine Bearden and wife Becky of Cumby; grandchildren Taylor, Landon and Hannah Nabers, Grayson Humphries, and Tyler, Lizzie and Blake Bearden; his sisters, Vicky Betz and Laurie Brown and husband Erik; niece Andrea Hood and husband Randall and great-nephew Caleb Garcia.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dudley and Christine Bearden.
Serving as pallbearers for Kenneth will be Steve Smith, Johnny Petty, Russell Caldwell, Dale Crumpton, Landon Nabers, and Tyler Crumpton.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Brashear Baptist Church 5074 FM 3389 Brashear, Texas 75420.
Published on May 11, 2016
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