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BEARDEN, Erby 'Ray' On the afternoon of Sept. 27, 2015, Ray passed away surrounded by his loving family at Palmdale Regional Medical Center Hospital at the age of 68 years old. Ray Bearden was born in the town of Conrad in New Madrid County, Mo. on April 15, 1947. He was the ninth child out of ten children born to Geneva and William Henry Bearden. Ray is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mildred; daughter, Pamella Fay Gutierrez; sons, Christopher Ray and Douglas Scott Bearden. Grandchildren include Christian, Trista, Caleb, Cheyenne, Makalia, Tyler and Brianna. Great-grandchildren include Adrian, Isaac and Audrey. Surviving brother and sisters, Gertrude Morrow (Waynesboro, Tenn.), Deloras Hugging (Malden, Mo.), Linda McDonald (Imperial, Mo.), Winston (Jeanette) Bearden (Bonne Terre, Mo.), Phyllis Stelling (Bonne Terre, Mo.) and Jeannie Benton (Bonne Terre, Mo.) Ray was preceded in death by his first grandson, Andrew Gutierrez; brothers, Robert, William and Vernon Bearden and parents William and Geneva Bearden. Visitation will be Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 at 10 a.m. with services at 11 a.m. at the Stickel Mortuary in Mojave. Burial will be at Tehachapi Public Cemetery District.

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