Shelby Dean Newsome Bess

August 25, 1937 - May 23, 2023

08/25/1937 - 05/23/2023

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Funeral Service
Saturday May 27, 2023
11:00 am
Cedar Lawn Cemetery
Highway 258 North
Rich Square, NC 27869

RICH SQUARE, NC – Shelby Dean Newsome Bess, age 85, of Jackson Street, passed away on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at her home.

Ms. Bess was born on August 25, 1937 to Zollie Newsome and Nettie Turner Newsome in Northampton County, North Carolina. Shelby was a simple Christian lady that loved her Lord and Savior. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She enjoyed her time at home, talking about, and spending time with her family. She also liked her snuff and tending to her flower garden as long as her health permitted. Shelby was loved by her family and friends and will be deeply missed.

Along with her parents, Shelby was preceded in death by a daughter, Rose Marie Bess, her twin, Ella Dean Hines; and twelve other siblings, Claude Newsome, Ezell Newsome, George Newsome, Walter Newsome, Lucy Hoffman, Eva Cutchins, Patience Newsome, Macon Fernen, Jim Pete Newsome, Jr., Elvie O’Leary, Nellie Cutchins, and Elsie Lee Campbell.

Shelby is survived by her daughter, Kaye Bess of Ahoskie; her son, Benjamin Russell Bess (Janet) of Woodland; four grandchildren, Benjamin Jesse Bess, Megan Bess, both of Woodland, Tammy Harrell (Brian) of Ahoskie, and Dustin Perry of Virginia Beach, VA; three great grandchildren; Matthew, Braxton, and Alyna; a sister, Ora Foreman Kenessey (Frank) of Florida; along with a host of nieces, nephews, and extended family.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the extended family for the love and support shown to them during this difficult time, especially Rob Foreman and Wayne Hines.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, May 27, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cedar Lawn Cemetery, Rich Square, NC, with Rev. John Thompson officiating.

The family extends a heartfelt thank you to all of the healthcare associates and Dr. Navarro and his staff along with Gentiva Hospice and all the staff that showed their love and dedication to the care of Mrs. Shelby.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Rich Square Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Bess family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

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Pattie Bess Withers
10 months ago

Benny and Kay Bess, just reading about your momma. So sorry to hear of her passing. God bless you both.

10 months ago

Benny and family! So sorry to hear of Ms. Shelby’s passing! Didn’t realize she had been sick. A very sweet person to work for. She is with her Heavenly Father now. Prayers to you and your family! Love J.R., Bonnie and James Futrell

Judy Soper Warren
10 months ago

Benny, I am heart broken for you, Janet, Ben and your family. May God wrap His arms around all of you and comfort you as you go through this phase of life. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Christopher Parker
10 months ago

Sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family.