Funeral services for the late Ozell Bledsoe will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 24 at Galilee M.B. Church in Helena

Funeral services for the late Ozell Bledsoe will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 24 at Galilee M.B. Church in Helena with Rev Jessie King officiating. Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 23 from noon to 6 p.m. in Stephens Funeral Home Chapel. Internment will held in Jackson Memorial Garden. “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give meat that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. II Timothy 4:6-8 God sent an angel to escort Deacon Ozell Bledsoe, a trueborn soldier for Christ home on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2012. He was born on Aug. 6, 1951 in Coahoma County, Mississippi to Lenzy and Nancy Bledsoe – both preceded him in death. “Bug” as he was affectionately called grew to become an excellent and humble servant of God. He was the oldest of 17 children. He was preceded in death by five siblings, Ernestine Bledsoe, Earl Bledsoe, Barbara Bledsoe Perkins, Odell Bledsoe and John Bledsoe. He was educated in the Helena-West Helena School District. Later in life Continental Trailways of Memphis and Frank Reed Bus Line of Tunica, Miss employed him. With a yearning to be home with his family, he was employed at the port terminal, presently known as Scoular Co. He retired in 2010. He accepted Christ as his personal savior and was baptized at an early age at the Beautiful Zion Missionary Baptist Church. He later joined Galilee Missionary Baptist Church in 1979. He was active and devoted to his church. He served as an usher, and in 1983 he was appointed as deacon and later chairman of the Deacon Board. He also served as supervisor of the Broadcast Committee, a member of the Galilee Male Chorus. He attended Sunday School regularly and he worked in many auxiliaries of the church. He married Mable Green on Nov. 24, 1973. They raised four daughters. He leaves to celebrate his life and cherish his memory, a loving and devoted wife, Mable Green Bledsoe of Helena, who was there with him until death did them part, four children, Brenda (Charles) Smart, Sheila (Ricky) Smith, both of Mesquite, Texas, Michelle Bledsoe and Shanice Bledsoe, both of Helena; two grandsons, Jaylen Ozell Taylor of Helena and Brylon Charles Smart of Mesquite; 11 siblings, Tonnie Bledsoe of Helena, Jacqualine Smith, Shirley (Monty) Ware, and Angie Bledsoe of Memphis, James Bledsoe, Nancy Bledsoe, Deloise Bledsoe, Michael Bledsoe, Mary Bledsoe, Wanda Bledsoe, all of Detroit, Debra (Tyrone) Ruffin of Syracuse, N.Y.; 2 aunts, Nettie and Blanche Carter of Memphis and many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. Services are entrusted to Stephens Funeral Home Family and friends can sign the online guestbook at