Billy Charles Bedsole, 83, passed away Saturday, November 11, 2023, after a brief illness.
Billy was born the oldest of two children to Lucille and Charles Bedsole in Jasper, Alabama on February 19, 1940. He attended law school at the University of Alabama and was a practicing attorney since 1963. He was also business owner, a coach for over 45 years, an avid runner, and a long-time member of Spring Hill Baptist Church. Billy had an unstoppable passion for helping people in all areas of his life.
In high school, Billy's family moved to Mobile, Alabama. He met his wife, Mamie Delaney, in 1954. They married on November 11, 1961, and welcomed two children, Billy Charles (Rusty) in 1963 and Karen Lucille in 1966.
Billy wore many titles: husband, dad, brother, son, friend, attorney, deacon, chairman of endless committees, bar commissioner, Bible Study Fellowship Leader, fish keeper, and, perhaps his most well-known title: coach. He coached over 500 basketball and football games and won numerous championships. The City of Mobile honored him by naming the street leading to the athletic fields at Municipal Park Billy Bedsole Run. His greatest joy was mentoring those young men.
Billy practiced law until a few days before he passed. The word "retired" was not in his vocabulary. He worked diligently both in and out of the courtroom to seek justice for his clients. Likewise, he was dedicated to Springhill Baptist Church serving the Lord, teaching the Bible, and ministering to others.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Lucille Anderson Bedsole, his father, Charles Bedsole, and many beloved pets, but mostly fish.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 62 years, Mamie Delaney Bedsole, his children Rusty Bedsole and Karen Bedsole Golightly, his sister Patricia Abney, his grandchildren: Bella, Charlotte, Phin, Brink, and Pip, many nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
February 19, 1940 — November 11, 2023
A memorial service and celebration of life for Billy will be held at Springhill Baptist Church on Friday, November 17, visitation at 10 am, service at 11 am. Reception to follow