Vernon Clarence Bess

April 15, 2011


Ahoskie -Vernon Clarence Bess age 93 of the 500 block of NC Hwy 561 East, Ahoskie, died Friday April 15, 2011 at Roanoke Chowan Hospital.

Mr. Bess was born in Hertford County on August 29, 1917 to the late Benny Bess and Sallie Garris Bess. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ahoskie and was a member of the Radio Bible Class. He was a US Army veteran serving in World War II and the Korean War he worked as a machinist at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard Shop #31.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 19 years Edith Harrell Hollowell; son Robert C. ‘Bobby’ Bess and his wife June of Gaithersburg, MD; step-son Benjamin Keith Hollowell of Greenville, NC and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Margaret Nowell Bess; sister Lessie Sawyer and brothers Willie Cecil Bess, Jesse Bess, Lonnie D. Bess, Russell Bess and Ned Earl Bess.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Monday April 18, 2011 at 4:00 PM in the Ashley Memorial Chapel at Garrett-Jones Funeral Home in Ahoskie. Rev. Daniel Glaze and Rev. Robert May will officiate. Burial will be private in Highland Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to service at Garrett-Jones Funeral Home in Ahoskie. Memorials may be made to the Radio Bible Class at First Baptist Church of Ahoskie, PO Box 649, Ahoskie,NC 27910.

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Bobbie Armstrong
12 years ago

Dear Edith,

I am so sorry for your loss. I didn’t know until just now of Vernon’s passing.

I remember when you married and I thought you were such a sweet couple. You have my sympathy for your loss and you are in my prayers.