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“Aunt Karen, Penney and Scotty,I just wanted to say how sorry we are to hear of Uncle Bo's passing. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. I will...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Jon Compton - Brownsburg, IN

“Dear Karen and family we are so sorry for your loss. We always had a good conversation.he loved the Lord.he will be missed by all of us.love and...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Brenda/frannie Crawford/douglas - AL

“Aunt Karen, Penny and ScottYou and your families are in our thoughts and prayers. I will never forget the great times I had growing up and spending...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Tony Sparks - diamond, OH

“Please know you will be in my prayers & thoughts.I am so sorry for your loss. ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: Joan McClellan - Powderly, KY

“Karen and family.my heart aches for you all and I hold you all up in prayer. ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: Bonnie Moeller ( childers) - IN

“There is no way to express our sorrow at losing Bo. We have so many memories of good times, laughter, and joy shared. The greatest of these was his...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: John and Mary Jo Kinder - Friend

“Scott and Family, we will be keeping your family in our hearts and prayers. ”
7 of 10 | Posted by: Jeff (Clyde) Bratcher - Philpot, KY

“Joey and I were so blessed to live next door to Bo and Karen in our early years of marriage in Beechmont . He was just a very pleasant man and you...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Marsha Smith - Greenville, KY

“To Jo and Penney,John and I wish to express our condolences for the loss of Bo. We will be praying for your strength and comfort in the Lord. ”
9 of 10 | Posted by: John and Carla Taylor - KY

“I'm sure gonna miss your smile and the love you had for all of us! I always loved how you told me I was the only Rager out of the TerMarsch clan! We...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Heather and mike Miller - Lapeer, MI


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BEECHMONT – James Edward Bruce, 75, of Beechmont, died Friday, January 1, 2021, at 2:40PM at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. Mr. Bruce was born June 18, 1945, in Greenville. He was a coal miner for Peabody Coal Co., and was a member of the Gospel Tabernacle Church in Russellville. He was also an army reservist for 2 years. He was a 1963 graduate of Drakesboro Consolidated High School. He served many years on the Muhlenberg County Board of Education as a member and chairman. He was preceded in death by his father, Archie Bruce; mother, Pearl Brown Bruce; brothers Archie Bruce and Don Bruce; and sisters Hazel Bobbitt, Alice Sparks, Betty Phillips, and Audie Worrell.

Most people called him "Bo", but we knew him as husband, dad, father-in-law, and granddaddy. He loved attending church and being with his brothers and sisters. He enjoyed watching the St. Louis Cardinals and the Kentucky Wildcats. He loved gardening, fishing, hunting, and spending time with his granddaughters at the pool. He was a loving husband, he was an excellent father, who always took care of his children and did the best he could to teach and guide them. He was also a caring granddaddy, who dedicated himself to providing an abundance of unconditional love, humor, lessons in life, and most importantly, ice cream. Bo was loved by many and was a kind and warmhearted man. His smile and laugh were contagious. He cared for and impacted every person he encountered. Bo is loved and will be missed by many.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Jo Rager Bruce of Beechmont; two children, Penney Bruce Gates (Harold Gates, husband) and Scott Bruce (Dana Turner Bruce, wife); four grandchildren, Tayler Gates, Sydney Bruce, Kilee Gates, and Madison Bruce; and sisters, Cherry Brewer and Erie Warner.

Funeral services will be Saturday, January 9, 2021, at 1:00PM at Tucker Beechmont Funeral Home, with Pastor Craig Jackson officiating. Burial in Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday after 11:00AM at the funeral home. Family and friends are asked to wear a face covering, in accordance with the governor's mandate. Capacity will be limited to comply with current state guidelines. Online condolences may be made at www.tuckerfuneralhomes.com.

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