Wesley Bruce

Wesley Bruce

Saturday August 15, 1942 - Saturday August 29, 2020
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Funeral services for Wesley Bruce, 78 of Vidalia, LA will be held at Young's Funeral Home in Vidalia LA., Wednesday September 2, 2020 at 10am with Bro. Whest Shirley officiating. Visitation will be held at Young’s in Vidalia on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 from 5PM until 7PM and Wednesday 9 until 10am with interment following immediately afterwards at Natchez City Cemetery, under the direction of Young’s Funeral Home.

Wesley Bruce was born Saturday, August 15, 1942 in Winnsboro, LA. and passed away unexpectedly at his home on Saturday, August 29, 2020. He was a lifelong resident of Vidalia belonging to many local organizations. During his childhood Wesley worked hard at being proficient at playing his set of drums which landed him a Lead Drummer position for The Mississippians Band. He never lost his fire for playing music with friends throughout his life. He was a proud member of the United States Air Force before being honorably discharged because of a knee injury. Wesley worked for the local ambulance service as an EMT and for the Fire Department in his youth, before taking on his passion of Crime Scene Investigator for the City of Vidalia’s Police Department from 1979-2004. Wesley had many accomplishments in his career. He was proudest of acquiring the AFIS computer (Automated Fingerprint Identification System) for the Vidalia Police Department. He was promoted to Captain and Senior Crime Scene Investigator before his retirement, with 25yrs of service. Wesley was a Member and past President of the I.A.I. (International Association of Investigators). He became a Certified Instructor in Crime Scene Investigation and Advanced Latent Print Examination. Wesley taught these courses to future law enforcement officers at police stations and Universities such as LSU, ULM, New Orleans, Lafayette. During this time frame he also developed a passion as a videographer. Once he felt confident in the operations of filming, titling, and editing he opened up his own business which he named “Bruce Video Productions”. Wesley made countless everlasting VCR & DVDs for his client’s special events, while making many memories and friends along the way. In his spare time he always enjoyed working with his German short haired pointer bird dogs, quail hunting in Kansas, playing drums with the band members of Calvary Baptist church in Natchez, and most of all spending time with his family.

He is preceded in death by his parents, L.C. and Grace Bruce and a brother, Robert L. "Bob" Bruce.

Wesley leaves behind his wife of 56 years, Anna M. Bruce of Vidalia, LA; daughter, Robin L. Stahlman & her husband Bill of Church Hill, MS; two sons, Robert E. "Bobby" Bruce & his wife Diane of Huntsville, AL and John C. Bruce & his wife Veronica of Vidalia, LA; seven grandchildren, Lee Hash & his wife Jamie of Natchez, MS, Robert Hash of Tulsa, OK, Beau Stahlman of Church Hill, MS, Brett & Logan Bruce of Huntsville, AL, Ashton & John Auston Bruce of Vidalia, LA.; four great-grandchildren, William, Katelynn, Madeline, and Kayleigh Hash; brother, Edward Bruce & his wife Margie of Vidalia, LA; and sister-in-law, Gwen McKinney of Vidalia, LA. He also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Pallbearers are his 6 Grandsons: Lee Hash, Rob Hash, Beau Stahlman, John Auston Bruce, Logan Bruce, and William Hash, and nephews Bo Pedigo of McComb, MS., Ricky Bruce of Meadville MS.

Honorary Pallbearers are Charlie Young, Rex Archer, Jim Easterling, Bobby Cox, Ellis Felter, Bubba Johnson, Charles Stroud, Ronnie Cox, Doug Felter, Ben Forman, and Spanky Felter.

Our special thanks to Dr. Kenneth Stubbs and his wife Karen, Dr. Brad LeMay and his wife Dorie, and their staffs for decades of care and friendship. Also a special thanks to Vidalia’s First Responders.

The family asked that any donations please be sent to the Natchez Humane Society or Concordia Parish Animal Shelter.

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We were sorry to hear about Wesley. I know he will be missed. The family is in our thoughts and prayers. Love James & Geneva
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