John William Bullard

Private graveside services for John William Bullard at Newton County Memorial Gardens. Newton County Funeral Home North, 9998 Hwy 15 North, Newton, is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Bullard, 90 of Decatur, MS, died Friday, July 2, 2010. John William Bullard was born August 16, 1919, to William and Alma Gordy Bullard in Louisiana. Shortly after he was born, his parents died, and he was raised in Mississippi by an uncle and aunt, Louis & Ruth Bullard, in Decatur, who loved and cared for him dearly. He attended grade school, and graudated from Decatur High School. He also attended East Central Jr. College, and "Military College." He was musically inclined, playing the clarinet and the saxophone, as well as sang with a quartet in his early years. He married Junaita Coghlan in 1946, and his lifetime career was spent serving others in the milatary. He was veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army, and served many years with the Mississippi Army National Guard, and Mississippi Adjunct General's Office, retiring as Colonel in 1979. The Bullards lived in Jackson many years, retiring to Decatur in 1995. He was an active member of Clarke-Venable Baptist Church as long as his health permitted.

He was preceded in death by his parents: William & Alma Gordy Bullard and his brother: George Bullard.

Survivors Include: his wife: Juanita Coghlan Bullard of Decatur; his daughters: Cassandra Ruth "Sandy" Bullard-Elsass, and Deborah Lee Etheriedge, both of Hayden, AL; his grandchildren: John "David" Etheriedge of Atlanta, GA; Sarah "Amanda" Gramstead of Birmingham, AL; Tobias Benjamin "Toby" Etheriedge of Smokerise, AL; William "Bo" Fulmer of Pelham, AL; Cassandra "Lee" Coghlan of Atlanta, GA; "John" Richard Elsass of Birmingham, AL; and his great-grandchildren: Sarah, Ben, Timothy, Rebekah, & Bethany Etheriedge; and Zechariah & Lydia Gramstead;

Memorial contributions may be made to the Local Chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars or to the local American Legion Post.

No visitation will be held.

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