Monday, May 27, 2013

Collas Bledsoe
World War II Veteran

Freedom Isn't Free. Thank You Veterans.

He enlisted 13 May 1941 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi

Mr. Bledsoe, 90, died Aug. 11, 2008, at G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson. He was born in Brookhaven on March 1, 1918, to William Bledsoe and Ethel Smith Bledsoe. He was a former truck driver for Southern Wholesale in Brookhaven. He served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church and served on the trustee board. Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Eudie Bell Smith Bledsoe; his sons, William and Earnest Bledsoe, his brothers, Denon, R.T., Ameal, Osborne and Burnell Bledsoe; his sisters, Wydell Markham and Gertrude Shipp. Survivors are his son, Larry Bledsoe, of Gulfport; his daughters, Collisteen Wells and Ora McKeever, of Brookhaven; his sister, Mazie Coleman, of Los Angeles; his 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Collas' sister Wydell married my mother's cousin Versie Markham.
Photograph courtesy of Willie L Robinson.


  1. Thank you for your service Collas Bledsoe. Thanks for sharing his story.

  2. Thank you for sharing the photo and story of your veteran.