Graveside funeral services for Mr. Bobby Dean McLeod will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, August 16, 2013 at Memorial Park Cemetery. The Reverend Jim Ingram will officiate the services with military honors conducted by the United States Navy. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. Friday, August 16 at Cox Funeral Home Bastrop.
Bobby Dean McLeod was born October 11, 1931 near Wilmot, Ark. to the late Alvin Steve McLeod and Willie Mae McKee McLeod. He passed away at his home in Bastrop on August 13, 2013. Mr. McLeod was a member of First Baptist Church. Bobby loved football and was an outstanding running back for the Bastrop Rams, receiving numerous scholarship offers. After choosing to attend Northwestern State University, he instead enlisted in the United States Navy with six of his friends. They became known as the "Lucky 7." Mr. McLeod was a veteran of the Korean Conflict and served aboard the U.S.S. James E. Kyes, a naval destroyer. While onboard, he participated in three conflicts and made ports of call in Japan, China, Korea, Formosa, Hawaii, San Francisco and San Diego. For his military service, he received the National Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation and a Good Conduct Medal. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, Bobby served for 39 years as an electrician with International Paper Company. Mr. McLeod also loved to hunt and fish and was an avid gardener. He is survived by his wife, Johnnie Mae Brown McLeod of Bastrop; his daughter, Terri McLeod of Knoxville, Tenn.; two sons, Mark Calvin McLeod of Bastrop and Carlton Keith McLeod of Des Moines, Iowa. Mr. McLeod is also survived by seven grandchildren, Russ David, Reed David, Ryan David, Margo Waller, Mark Calvin McLeod II, Rebekah McLeod McGowen and Garrett McLeod; and seven great-grandchildren, Anna Lee David, Aspen David, Lylah David, Reagan McGowen, Landon Hal Waller, Luke Pierson Waller and Lawson Mark Waller. Serving as pallbearers are Mark Calvin McLeod II, Jason Waller, Russ David, Reed David, Ryan David and Garrett McLeod. Honorary pallbearers are Rocky David, Landon Waller, Peyton Spear, Hilary Duncan and Billy Johnson.