Cherryville – Eleanor Leonhardt Bess, 84, of 111 Harrilson Rd., died Thursday, November 6, 2003 at Carolina Care Center in Cherryville.
Born in Lincoln County on July 28, 1919, she was a daughter of the late J. Frank Leonhardt and Annie Ledford Leonhardt. She was a homemaker and a member of Bess Chapel United Methodist Church and the Women’s Circle.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hal Bess and a daughter, Johnnie Lee Baxter.
Survivors include two daughters and two sons-in-law, Gail Baxter Beam & E.L. of Cherryville and Margaret Baxter Buff & Roddey of Cherryville; one sister, Nell Leonhardt Wagner of Charlotte; 6 grandchildren & 8 great grandchildren.
The family will receive friends Saturday, November 8, 2003 from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. at Bess Chapel United Methodist Church and at other times at the home of a daughter Gail Beam 538 Tot Dellinger Rd. Cherryville, NC 28021.
The funeral will be Saturday, November 8, 2003 at 2:30 P.M. at Bess Chapel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Randi Godfrey officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Memorials can be made to Bess Chapel United Methodist Church 2741 NC Hwy. 274 Cherryville, NC 28021 or to Hospice of Gaston County PO Box 3984 Gastonia, NC 28053.