Councilman Bruce Bentley, a resident, and Councilman for the Town of Berlin, was tragically killed in an early Friday morning crash on Highway 278 East near Experiment Station Rd. Bentley was appointed to the Berlin Town Council, Place 3, in March of 2020 to fill a vacant seat.

In addition to serving as a Councilman, Bruce co-owned Berlin Hardware and Farm Supply and a special needs school bus aide for Cullman City Schools. Bruce’s passion for helping special needs was unprecedented. His faith in Christ was never in question as his good deeds on earth were always in the name of Jesus. He had a servant’s heart, loved the Lord, loved his family, and certainly loved his small community. Bruce will be remembered throughout the Berlin community as a strong leader and will undoubtedly be missed by many. His time here on earth was short, but he made a significant impact on many lives.

Town of Berlin Mayor Partick Bates released a statement saying, “Bruce was a church leader, a prominent businessman, and council member. His sudden passing is not only a loss to his friends and family but the entire community.”

West Elementary Assistant Principal and Transportation Director for Cullman City School’s, Tommy Duke, said, “It is with immense sadness that I deliver this statement about Bruce Bentley. We are all greatly saddened by his passing. Bruce was a beloved employee of Cullman City Schools. Bruce positively impacted the lives of all that he met. He was a hard worker, a loving father, a husband, and someone I considered a friend. Bruce will be greatly missed by all those that were blessed to know him. I want to send my condolences to his wife Judy and his entire family. We will have all of his family and friends in our thoughts and prayers.”

Berlin Hardware and Farm Supply, “It is with a very heavy heart we are posting this message to inform our community of the loss of our owner Bruce Bentley this morning. He was a great Christian Husband, Father, and friend to so many in this community. He will be sorely missed, but his testimony will live on. He lived his daily life as a witness to his personal savior Jesus Christ and was always anxious and happy to share his faith with those around him. Please keep the family, community, and our employees in your prayers.”

We ask that you please keep the Bentley family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Picture courteous of The Cullman Times. The picture was taken after Bentley was sworn into office in March of 2020.