He was born in Sullivan County on Sept. 24, 1920, the son of Carl Bedwell and Alice Burch Bedwell.
Gene was a member of the Hickory Methodist Church, retired machinist from Crane and was a coal miner.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Suellen Arnold; five brothers, Jesse Bedwell, William Bedwell, Delbert Bedwell, Lux Bedwell and Cecil Bedwell; four sisters, Gladys Kinnett, Goldie Bedwell, Pearl Vaughn, Marie Bedwell; and two infant twins.
Survivors include: his wife of 69 years, Mary Robertson Bedwell; one son, Lance Bedwell (Ann) of Conway, S.C.; five grandchildren, Carol Jones, Cathy Brummett, Paula Baker, Dee Nesbitt, and Lana Jones; 13 great-grandchildren and five great great grandchildren.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, at Newkirk's Funeral Home in Dugger with Pastor Ralph Roach officiating. Interment in the Hickory Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.