Veteran David Woodrow Bady, affectionately called “Gunny” was born on March 3, 1957 in Smithville, GA to the parentage of Mr. Turner Allen and Mrs. Postell Harvey Bady, who precede him in death. He is the ninth of ten children born to his mother. He attended the public schools of Lee County. While in high school, he played basketball and football for the Mighty Trojans. He graduated from Lee County High School in the Class of 1975. In September 1975, Mr. Bady enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. As a Marine, he received the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. He received deployments to Paris Island, South Carolina; Okinawa, Japan; Augusta, GA; Glendale, California; Honolulu, Hawaii; Riverdale, GA, and Norfolk, Virginia. He received numerous decorations, medals, badges, citations, and campaign ribbons: which include the Navy Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Marine Corps Recruiting Service Ribbon, Meritorious Mast, Letter of Appreciation, Rifle Marksmanship Badge, and Pistol Sharpshooter Badge. While in the Marine Corps, he furthered his education by attending Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
………. After proudly serving this country for 21 years, Gunnery Sgt. Bady retired from the United States Marine Corps in 1996 and moved back to Smithville. He accepted a position at Cooper Tire in Albany, GA and retired from Cooper in 2008.
………. At an early age, Mr. Bady realized that he would face numerous obstacles in life, therefore, he confessed Jesus Christ as his personal savior and joined the Green Grove Baptist Church and was baptized by the late Reverend Champ Waters. After joining the church, he joined the choir, attended vacation bible school, and Sunday school on a regular basis.
………. On Sunday, March 6, 2016, at his earthly home, after being ministered to by his Pastor, several classmates, his wife, and sisters-in-law, he smiled and his soul left to be with his savior in his heavenly home. One sister, Ms. Mae Francis Rivers, five brothers, Matthew Rivers, Mr. Ed Rivers, Sr., Mr. Sammie Rivers, Sr., Mr. Paul Bady, Mr. Charles Bady precede him in death.
Left to treasure his memories are his LOVING and DEVOTED wife, Mrs. Ilean May Bady, one daughter, Mrs. Letitia Bady (Timothy) Johnson, one son, Mr. Brian Bady, all of Atlanta, GA; a step son, Mr. Christian May, Smithville, GA; two sisters, Mrs. Emma Kate (Andrew) Covin and Dr. Delphine Bady McGrady, all of Smithville, GA; one brother, Mr. Willie Roosevelt (Cheryl) Bady, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; seven sisters-in-law, Ms. Vera Rivers, Smithville, GA; Ms. Lula May, Norfolk, VA; Ms. Alice Glover, Jacksonville, FL; Mrs. Annie (Larry) Hodge, Smithville, GA; Mrs. Elizabeth (Ronnie) Marshall, Plains, GA; Mrs. Doris (Rev. Dwight) Perry, Dacula, GA; and Elder Pamela (Hiram) Grimes, Albany, GA; four brothers-in-law, Mr. Rufus (June) May, Taylors, SC; Mr. Lenwood (Melissa) May, Milledgeville, GA; Mr. Eddie (Veronica) May, Oxford, AL, and Mr. Charles T. (Tamara) May, Jr., Norfolk, VA; two aunts, Ms. Mary Walton and Mrs. Annie May Mack, Plains, GA; two devoted nephews, Mr. Don Rivers and Mr. Derrick Smith, Smithville, GA. Additional survivors include a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and his children’s mother, Ms. Beverly Ross Bady also survive.