Willard Dean Bedingfield, age 74 of Lawrenceville passed away on June 16th, 2015 at Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth, GA. Willard was born on April 12, 1941 to the late Carl and Nora Haney Bedingfield. Willard retired in 1995 as Captain of the Gwinnett County Police Department. During his 30 years of service to Gwinnett County, he commanded both detective and uniform divisions. He was also a 1978 graduate of the FBI National Academy. In addition to his parents, Willard is preceded in death by his brother, Bennie Bedingfield and brothers-in-law, Charlie Compton and Larry Fleeman. Willard is survived by his sons, Jeffery Dean Bedingfield and Joel Carl Bedingfield and his wife, Dedra Bedingfield; daughter; Pamela Bedingfield Schultz and former son-in-law, Jack Schultz; grandson, Justin Avery Bedingfield; granddaughter, Haley Faith Bedingfield; former wife, JoAnn Everett Boss; sisters, Joan Compton and Judy Fleeman; sister-in-law, Brenda Bedingfield and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 19th, 2015 at 3:30pm at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel with Rev. Fred Bedingfield officiating. Interment will follow at Gwinnett Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 18th from 2:00pm til 4:00pm and 6:00pm til 9:00pm at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel. Gwinnett County Police Department, Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department and Lawrenceville Police Department will serve as Honor Guard. Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville 770-277-4550. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wagesandsons.com.

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  1. The world was blessed by Mr. Bendingfield. A true depiction of a mans man. Loving father foremost who was truly proud of his children and gave from his heart while serving his country and community. He will be missed.

  2. We are so sorry about your loss. God’s Word, the Bible, states that soon our enemy death will be destroyed forever and the dead will rise again (Isaiah 25:8; 26:19). What thrilling promises these are, and as our Loving God, Jehovah, promises, they are to be fulfilled in the near future! So, it is our hope that knowing this fact bring you some comfort in the days ahead.

  3. My husband, Larry Cox, worked with Willard at the Gwinnett County Police Dept. for several years. A very upstanding, fair and loyal man. Our son, Jason, was good friends with Joey & Jeff. Willard was so kind and giving. Prayers of comfort for the family. May God comfort you during this time of sorrow.

  4. Willard influenced so many people during his life and will be missed by so many. I always looked up to him when I was young and as an adult. I was his brother-in-law, but he treated me like a son. He loved his family and was a very tender and kind man even though his job demanded he be tough and stern… You will be missed Willard but we will see you again one day soon.

  5. We extend our deepest sympathy and love to the entire Bedingfield family. May the Lord bless your lives with wonderful memories of happy times Willard shared with family and friends in this life.
    Regina & Ed

  6. So sorry to hear of Willard. My first husband, Tommy Parr, served in the army with Willard. He passed away at a young age of 45, but 74 is also too young. My sympathy to all of family. I’m also knew Bennie and know Judy.

  7. I owe Willard Bedingfield a huge debt of gratitude. Almost 40 years ago he was on the panel of Gwinnett County Police officials hiring for the county. He gave me my first chance at a career in the law and law enforcement. I have never forgotten that. Willard was a firm but fair supervisor and became a friend. May he ‘Rest in Peace.’ Willard will be missed.

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