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A graveside service for Kenneth "Bud" Van Cleave, age 84, of Jacksonville, is scheduled at 2 o'clock in the afternoon Friday, January 27, 2017 at Meador Cemetery in Jacksonville. Rev. Steve Edwards will officiate. Services are under direction of Autry Funeral Home.
Bud passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2017 in Jacksonville.
He was born November 21, 1932 in Eddy, TX to William and Bertha Mae Allen Van Cleave.
Bud was a member of Central Baptist Church of Jacksonville. He was the OSHA safety compliance officer for Southwestern Electric Service Co, in Jacksonville. He worked for the company for 42 years. Bud served in the National Guard. He was a member of the "Romeo" Real Old Men Eating Out club, as well as the Golden Jubilees group at First Baptist Church.
Bud was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Ruth Van Cleave, sons; Thomas Dwayne "Bubba", and Bryan Keith as well as his parents.
Left to cherish his memory are his sons and their spouses Richard and Lujene Van Cleave, Arlington, Dale and Sheila Van Cleave, Jacksonville; brothers, Leonard Van Cleave, Ca. Bruce Van Cleave, San Antonio, Forrest Van Cleave, Va.; brother in-law, Osa Harris and wife Alice, sister in-law, Susie Russell and husband Chuck. Also by a very special friend, Anne Hendry, Jacksonville. Bud has four grandchildren, Adam Kenneth Van Cleave, Andrew Cole Van Cleave, Shane Stark and Jamie Kirk and three great-grandchildren, Tyler Van Cleave, Paiten Kirk and Lilly Stark.
Pallbearers will be Adam Van Cleave, Shane Stark, Andrew "Drew" Van Cleave, Rick Day Mark Smith, and Phil Joseph.
Honorary Pallbearers include; John Barton, Frank Diamont, Robert Perry, Tommy Mullinix, Roger Reagan, Bob Johnson and Robert Byers.
Visitation will begin on Thursday, January 26, 2017 and friends are cordially invited to visit with Bud's family from 5 to 7 o'clock in the evening at Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville.
The family would like to thank Heart to Heart Hospice. They would also like to extend a special gratitude to Waive Reynolds and Katrina Hansen for the prayers, meals and care to "Bud" and all the family.
Rather than customary condolences, memorial donations in Bud's memory may be made to Heart to Heart Hospice 7925 S. Broadway Ave. Suite 1140, Tyler, Texas 75703.
Published on January 25, 2017
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