Sidney Borom Bledsoe Jr., 67, a native of Armstrong in Macon County, died Dec. 7, 2013 at Mobile Infirmary. He was born Sept. 9, 1946, to Sidney B. and Sue D. Bledsoe. He was a member of Midway Baptist Church in Thomasville.
His family had a history of large agribusiness and commercial operations in rural Macon County going back several generations. He was educated in the public schools of Macon and Bullock counties, graduating from Bullock County High School in Union Springs in 1965. He also attended Georgia Military Academy (now Woodruff Academy) for three years. He attended Auburn University for a short time following high school.
Following his career with the Alabama State Parks system, he resumed his formal education. He received his Licensed Practical Nurse diploma from Hobson State Technical College (now Alabama Southern Community College) in 1993 and his Associate Degree, Registered Nurse, from the University of Mobile in 1995. He continued his education at Faulkner University, receiving his BS degree in 1998.
He was a retired state employee and registered nurse, had been a resident of Thomasville for the past 11 years. He was a resident of Satsuma for several years prior to his retirement in 2002. He was a long-time employee of the Alabama State Parks system, having served as Park Manager or Superintendent at Blue Springs State Park in Barbour County, Wind Creek State Park in Tallapoosa County, and Lakepoint Resort State Park in Eufaula.
At the conclusion of his service with the State of Alabama he worked in numerous capacities as a registered nurse, including Director of Nursing at a Baldwin County nursing home and clinical instructor in the LPN/RN program at Alabama Southern Community College. In retirement, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking and working on the grounds around his rural Clarke County home.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Scarlett Knight Bledsoe, Thomasville, two sons, Lance (Candice) Bledsoe of Saraland, Greg (Lita) Bledsoe, Leesburg, Virginia; two daughters, Cyndy B. (Sam) Aikens, Springville, Alabama, Lynn Bledsoe, Montgomery; a sister, Emma S. “Bebe” Bledsoe, Montgomery; 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Leanne Bledsoe Sellers.
A memorial service will be Saturday, Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. at Midway Baptist Church in Thomasville.
Donations may be made to a favorite charity are requested in lieu of flowers.