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Mr. Richard Wayne “Rick” Bozeman, age 72, of Brooks, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on March 2, 2020.
Rick was born on August 5, 1947 to the late Doris Bozeman. Rick was the middle child with an older brother and a younger sister. He grew up in Forest Park and graduated in 1965 from Forest Park High School, where he became smitten fellow classmate, Jean Hawkins. Soon after graduation, Rick enlisted in the United States Army and was sent overseas to serve in the Vietnam War. Rick served with distinction as a Gunner and Crew Chief of Bird Dog airplanes. During his tour, Rick earned a Bronze Star and Purple Heart, among other honors. Soon after Rick’s return home, he was wed to his high school sweetheart, Jean. The couple moved to Fort Hood, TX where Rick was stationed for the remainder of his military service. After proudly serving his country, Rick was honorably discharged as an E5 Sergeant. He returned to Forest Park along with his wife to settle down and raise their only child, Chad.
Rick joined the Eastern Airlines team where he had a long career as a mechanic and fueler until the company’s closing in 1991. He had a knack for fixing just about anything. He used those skills when he went to work for Landmark Christian School and then Grace Christian Academy, from where he eventually retired. During his work at the schools, Rick handled all of the maintenance issues. He also coached Landmark’s softball team which gave him the opportunity to have a lifelong impact on so many of the students. He found true joy in the sport and his amazing players.
Rick was a resident of Brooks for 41 years. He had a deep appreciation for his old family land and home. He was a true outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He liked tinkering with cars, which he often did with his son. A “jack of all trades,” Rick was a real handy man around his house and his church. He was a longtime member of Fayette Bible Church where he became the church’s volunteer caretaker. From driving the bus to fixing the plumbing, Rick was always available to serve the house of the Lord.
Rick’s life was centered around his family, particularly his grandchildren. He was a doting husband, supportive father and attentive Paw Paw. He was jovial and happy. He was patient and lovingly shared wisdom, advice and quality time with his family. Although he will be dearly missed on Earth, Rick had no fear of death. His family will take comfort in knowing Rick is with Jesus and his precious grandson Joey.
Along with his mother, Rick was preceded in death by his grandson: Joey Bozeman; brother: Danny Bozeman; sister: Tina Flippin. He is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years: Jean Bozeman of Brooks; son and daughter-in-law: Chad and Christy Bozeman of Brooks; grandchildren: Ricky, Mikey, Rachel, Jonathan and Rebekka.
A Celebration of Life will be held in Rick’s honor at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Fayette Bible Church, 355 McDonough Road, Fayetteville. A reception will be held immediately following the service. Casual attire welcome. The Bozeman family is being assisted by Georgia Cremation, 1086 Hwy 54 West, Fayetteville. Messages of condolence may be left at www.GeorgiaCremation.com.