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Official Obituary of

Mother Bernice Bacon

October 29, 1930 ~ February 23, 2024 (age 93) 93 Years Old
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Mother Bernice Bacon Obituary

“Life is but a stopping place, a pause in what’s to be, a resting place along the road to sweet eternity….”

With hearts full of gratitude for a life well-lived, we celebrate the peaceful transition of Mrs. Bernice Bacon to her eternal heavenly rest on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at the age of 93. She was born on October 29, 1930, in Richmond Hill, Georgia, to the late Donald and Josephine Lee. Bernice’s journey was marked by faith, love, and an unwavering commitment to joy.

When asked, she shared fond stories of her childhood, reminiscing about walking the dusty roads of "Dixie" to church and school. She received her education in the Bryan County public school system, laying the foundation for a life dedicated to family, hard work, and a profound reverence for God.

On December 24, 1950, Bernice entered into holy matrimony with the late William N. Bacon, and together they nurtured a family of seven children. They instilled the values of hard work and the fear of God in their children, leaving a lasting mark on their lives. While three children preceded her in death—Mr. Anthony Bacon, Sr., Mrs. Ophelia Anita Albro, and Mr. Ricky Bacon, and two grandchildren, Tyrie Albro and Mr. Tony Bacon—Bernice’s legacy as a loving and caring mother endured. 

Her professional journey took her through the culinary industry and later into the service of the Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority, Inc. With a heart for the needy, Bernice dedicated herself to various roles, including transportation and clerical positions, with her last position focused on energy assistance. Her passion for helping others extended beyond the workplace, as she often used her personal vehicle to assist homebound clients, offering support with a smile, a kind word, and a touch of humor.

In the community and especially in “Bacontown”, she was affectionately known as "Mama Bernice." Her personable nature, infectious laughter, and playful spirit endeared her to everyone she encountered. Much like a sunflower, she radiated positivity and joy, sowing seeds of inspiration wherever she went.

During her leisure time, Bernice found joy in cooking, solving crossword puzzles, sewing, coloring in her coloring book, reading her daily devotion, and engaging in lively conversations with friends over the phone. Always attuned to current events, she remained a vibrant presence in the lives of those around her.She also enjoyed traveling, a few of her favorite places being New Jersey, New Mexico, Italy, and the sandy beaches of Destin, Florida.

A dedicated member of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Richmond Hill, Georgia, she was lovingly referred to as Mother Bacon as she served as Mother of the Church. She went above and beyond to nurture the spiritual well-being of her church family. She regularly called and checked in with members of the congregation, as well as, her family, friends, and individuals in the community offering words of encouragement, sharing uplifting scriptures, and ensuring that everyone felt connected and cared for. Her phone calls became a source of comfort and joy for many. Even in the post-pandemic era, she continued to nourish her spirit by tuning into church services on her iPad every Sunday morning, showcasing her unwavering commitment to her faith in God.

Bernice’s life was a testament to the power of love, laughter, and faith. As we celebrate her legacy, let us remember the joy she brought to our lives and carry forward her spirit of positivity, kindness, and unwavering faith in God.

She leaves to cherish so many wonderful memories, her children: Evangelist Gloria Simmons; Ms. Deborah Bacon, bothof Midway, Georgia; Mrs. Janice Bland (Thurman Thomas) of Fayetteville, Georgia; Mrs. Verdell Jones (Randolph Jones, Jr.) of Midway, Georgia. Her brother, Mr. Simon (Darlene) Lee of Mobile, Alabama; her sister, Mrs. Byrdell Clark of Brunswick, Georgia and 14 grand-children: Kimberly (Everett) Greene, Andrew (Montrey) Bland Jr., Steffan E Bacon, Stacy (Tim) James, Nakia Albro, Demetrius Bland, Shayla (Dominick) Parker, Tyra Albro, Tajana Jones, Rashad Albro, Anthony Bacon, Jr., Octavia Bacon, Rocquis Martin, Cadence Bland-Thomas; a granddaughter-in-law, Mrs. Mariel Bacon; 21 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great-grandchildren; a goddaughter, Mrs. Rose Ferdinand; the Strodder Family; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Final and most sacred arrangements are entrusted to the professional care of The Dorchester Funeral Home, 7842 E. Oglethorpe Hwy, Midway, GA. 

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Viewing
Friday
March 1, 2024

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Dorchester Funeral Home
7842 E. Oglethorpe Hwy
Midway, GA 31320

Homegoing Celebration
Saturday
March 2, 2024

11:00 AM
Calvary Missionary Baptist Church
200 Daniel Siding Loop Rd
Richmond Hill, GA 31324

Video is available for this event


Interment following funeral service
Saturday
March 2, 2024

First Zion Baptist Church Cemetery (Riceboro, Ga)

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