Jack Bearden was born on April 18, 1937 in Akron, Ohio. His parents were Grover Cleveland and Maude Higdon Bearden. Both of his parents were originally from North Georgia and
migrated to Akron during the Great Depression to find work at the Firestone Tire Company. Despite these shared experiences however, the couple didn’t meet until they attended worship
together at the Baptist Church. They married and had Jack and one other son, Jack’s younger brother, Raylynn. Jack attended school in Akron, but spent his summers with relatives in North Georgia, an area he grew to love. In High School he enjoyed metal and wood shop. All his life he could fix almost anything with his hands. He played sports including baseball and basketball. Jack was a hard worker and entrepreneurial by nature. While still in school, he cut grass, shoveled snow and washed cars to make extra money. He also worked for the school, firing up the boiler in the morning among other tasks.
After graduating High School, Jack got a job working for Ford Motor Co. He stayed there for ten years, becoming the youngest foreman at the company. In 1968 he moved to Georgia and
worked at starting several new businesses, most notably a janitorial company that expanded to cover most of the Atlanta area. Jack had two children, whose mothers died young. In 1980, Jack began working for Stone Mountain Park, a 32,000 acre facility and one of the most popular parks in America. It was his favorite job. He loved improving its programs and outreach and worked his way up to becoming the Director of Attractions overseeing thirteen attractions and later became Procurement Director.
On April 29,1988 he married Genie. Their families had known each other for years and they had even dated each other briefly when they were very young. In 2002, Jack and Genie retired to
Ellijay, Georgia. There he stayed active and busy. He served as Chairman of Trustees for the Ellijay United Methodist Church, improving the building in many ways. His main passion
however was working with the Faith, Hope and Charity Recycle Store. As Business Manager and Chairman of the Board he helped the store to purchase and move to a much larger
building. He also greatly expanded its programs and began an effort to fund a building for the Gilmer Food Pantry.
In August of 2012 Jack and Genie moved to Eagle, Idaho to be near family. In Idaho he was an active member of the Eagle United Methodist Church. He also formed a close group of friends
who daily drank coffee and ate breakfast together; self-named the Eagle Council of Wisdom. He claimed they could talk about any topic and yet remain friends and he loved being a part of
the group. Jack favorite hobby was woodworking and he was very good at it. He made tables, cutting boards, boxes, end tables and entertainment centers. He loved classic cars and enjoyed going to car shows. He was a good son, a wonderful husband and a devoted father and grandfather. He had a very outgoing personality and was one of those persons who never met a stranger. We lift Jack up in the sure and certain hope we have in Christ and his resurrection.
Jack is survived by his wife Genie Bearden, his son Randy Bearden (Lisa), his daughter Jacqueline Apsley (David), daughter Rhonda Apsley (Mark), and daughter Allison Smith. He also is survived by his grandchildren: Jennifer McCannon (Jason), Michelle Roberts (Solomon), Prestin Apsley (Emily), Jacob Apsley (Raimey), Holly Apsley and Heidi Apsley, as well as great
grandchildren Rylee Roberts and Caiden Roberts.
A celebration of life service at Eagle United Methodist Church on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at 2:00pm.
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Jerry Spicer saysMarch 17, 2022 at 5:22 am
We are so sorry to learn of Jack’s illness and passing. It is heartbreaking news. I certainly enjoyed the many years we worked together at Stone Mountain and have only fond memories. He was a most trusted department head who didn’t add too many gray hairs in those years. God bless you.
Jerry and Paula Spicer
Linda Jackson saysMarch 18, 2022 at 3:09 am
The passing of this wonderful man is very sad . Jack was a wise man that have great advice and guidance to many of us. I only have fond memories, I can still hear his laugh. Rest In Peace my dear friend.
Kristi saysMarch 18, 2022 at 10:21 pm
I saw Jack almost every moring.He would come have breakfast with his friends at my work.IWill miss seeing and talking to him in the mornings.Rest in peace my friend.
Nancy Dammrose saysMarch 19, 2022 at 12:18 pm
So sad to learn of Jack’s passing. What an engaging, sage man! He assisted in many of our homeowner concerns at Paddy Row, spearheading and completing efforts to resolve
issues. We so enjoyed interacting with him. In mentioning family, he always had such
adoring words to say. Wish I could give him one more hug…
Doug and Nancy Dammrose
John, Debra and Matt Terrell saysApril 5, 2022 at 1:43 pm
Our heart goes out to your family. May the lessons your Father gave you last a lifetime, Randy, thank you for sharing some of those lessons with me. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Angela Hill saysApril 13, 2022 at 4:32 am
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I’m so sorry for your loss.