Bob Bodiford, Former Powder Springs Councilman, Dies at 91

Visitation will be held on Thursday at Powder Springs First Methodist Church, followed by a memorial service.

The following obituary is from Bellamy Funeral Home's website.

Robert (Bob) G. Bodiford, a former Powder Springs city councilman, departed this earth for greener pastures on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 at the age of 91.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 12:30 p.m. at Powder Springs First Methodist Church, followed by a memorial service at 2. Rev. Susan Ashe will conduct the service. 

Bodiford was born in Gainesville, Florida in 1921 and left after high school to attend and work in an engineering co-op program at the University of Cincinnati, where he earned his bachelor's degree. 

He also served his country in the Army during World War II in the Philippines. In 1950, he earned a master's degree from Georgia Tech in aeronautical engineering. He came back to the Atlanta area in 1954 after working for McDonald Aircraft to have a successful career at Lockheed until he retired in 1983.

That year, his wife and mother of his children, Jane, passed away from cancer. He met and later married DeLane C. Browning in 1986. DeLane and her three children Johnny, James and Robert were a loving addition to the family, and they all survive Bob.

Also surviving Bob are his two children, Judge Jim Bodiford and his wife, Nancy, of Marietta, and John Bodiford of Opelika, AL; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Bob lived in the same historic house on Marietta Street near downtown Powder Springs for 57 years and proudly served on the City Council there for $1 a month.

He was also named volunteer of the year in 1994 for the Cobb County Superior Court Volunteer Probation Office.

Share your thoughts and memories in the comments below.

Ra Barr October 23, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Thank you for your faithful service, to your country and to your city. More concerned citizens like you are needed. Sincere condolences to your family.
Little Petty Girl October 24, 2012 at 04:52 PM
In 1962 I was just about to turn six & entering the first grade when my Dad moved our family to Marietta St.with just 1 house between our home and the Bodifords. I learned to ride my bike & roller skate on the sidewalk between our house and the Bodifords, I remember asking Jesus to make sure if I was going to fall off my bike or skates that day to make sure it was in front of the Bodiford house cause Bob's way of fixing a scraped knees or elbows was chocolate, I can still hear Bob calling out "Jane that little Petty girl has fallen again bring something to fix her up" after I'd had a dose of chocolate browines or chocolate chip cookies together he & Jane would wipe away my tears, put me back on my bike or skates and help me get rolling back down the street. Over my next 30 plus years on Marietta St, I can recall many other memories of Bob being at the right place at just the right time to help anyone in the neighborohood with what ever problems or issues they may have. DeLane, Jimmy & John, my condolences to your family.
Susan Petty Kirkendoll October 25, 2012 at 01:47 AM
To the Bodiford family, we wish to express our sorrow for the loss of your loved one. Since my childhood, Mr. Bodiford has always always been an outstanding neighbor and member of our community...loved and respected by the neighbors on Marietta St (Main St in our earlier years). I always liked seeing him come down the street in that red convertible. My parents always enjoyed talking with he and Jane on the sidewalk, or setting on the porch together. As the years went by and I married and moved out of the neighborhood, he never forgot who I was. Maybe Which One I was, because whenever I'd see him around town he'd say, "you're one of the Petty girsl aren't you?" , or DeLane, "this is the Petty girl". As adults, Ronnie and I always enjoyed seeing Mr. Bodiford around town and at the city hall meetings. He always knew what was going on and how it things unfold. You could count on him. He always beamed when we'd ask about the boys. A very proud pappa. Jimmy and Joh; I know you will miss him, but, he can always be in your heart. May good memories help you thorugh the days ahead. And, always pattern yourselfs at least a little like your dad. He was one of the best! Susan (Petty) Kirkendoll and Ronnie
Bruce Roberts November 05, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Sincere condolences to the Bodiford family. I enjoyed working with Bob at Lockheed on the C-5 engineering program; he was a great guy! Wow, didn't realize it had been so long since he retired. Bruce Roberts


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