Les “Bubba” Pudney

Les “Bubba” Pudney, 37, of Columbia Missouri, passed away September 30, 2014, peacefully at home with his Wife, Mother and Father by his side. On October 10, 2014 at 6:00 P.M., friends and family will gather at Liberty Baptist Church, 7461 N Brown Station Rd, Columbia, MO 65202 for a Memorial to celebrate his life. Les was born in Peoria, Illinois on May 3, 1977 to BJ and Jim Neely. He enjoyed his work as a professional concrete contractor, working beside his Dad at Neely Custom Concrete. Les never met a stranger. Once you met him you never forgot him and he never told a friend no, if they needed help. He felt his purpose on this earth was to put a smile on your face and laughter in your heart. His motto was “If it makes for a good story, then do it!” He always had a great story, and loved to tell them around a fire to any and all who would listen. Along with loving his friends & family he had a great love for animals mostly Bear, but couldn’t help but love all the others his wife brought home no matter how hard he tried. Survivors include, his wife, Cindy Pudney, of Columbia; Son, Nicholas Pudney, of Sturgeon, Parents, BJ & Jim Neely of Thompson, step-daughter Samantha Richardson and step-son Andrew Richardson both of Columbia. Les is preceded in death by his Grandmother Lucille Mason and Great Grandmother Tessie Stuart. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.heartlandcremation.com.


  1. Ron Stone on October 8, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    I was saddened to hear of Les’ passing. He was always a good kid and friend to Matt. Our hearts go out to BJ and the rest of the family. I believe he is with God. Probably telling him a story.

  2. Ron Heathman on October 9, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    BJ & Jim, I am working 12 hour days tomorrow and am going to try and get off early and come to Les’s service. Mary is out of town for a wedding and I can’t bring mom as I will be coming from Jeff City. Barring trouble at work I will see you tomorrow. If I don’t make it, please know Mary, Mom and I have had you all in our thoughts and prayers. We are not supposed to out-live our children, but we must trust that God knows best. Much Love, Ron, Mary & Aunt Tootie

  3. Mark Critchfield on October 10, 2014 at 6:37 am

    I was saddened to hear about Les’ passing. He was my go to guy for concrete work. I cut it, he poured it back. I will miss him. Condolences to the family.

  4. Donna Fike on October 10, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Nick and Family… I had full intensions of coming to the memorial tonight… but got called to IL for my dad. I just want you to know we will be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers as you heal from your loss. It sounds like you had much of your dad in you, Nick. His personality sounds like yours… You don’t know a stranger either and are always interesting to visit with. We just want you to know we are with you… even if we can’t be there tonight for you and your family. Please know we all are here for you whenever you need a friend to talk to. School is a good place to be while you heal.
    Let us know when you need anything at all. We’re all here for you… God’s Peace be with you all
    Mrs. Fike

  5. Lowell & Mary Joe Woods on October 10, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…Our thoughts are with you BJ, and your family during this difficult time. Les is home now…..
    May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you.

  6. Tim Brammer on October 10, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    I knew Les as a Fun Loving Great Kid who could warm any heart and make any one laugh. Am Saddened to hear of his passing but know he is with the Lord Smiling for sure! My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, family and Wonderful Mother BJ.

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