Donald Ray Bess was born May 4, 1950 to Isaac Bess Sr. and Ida Mae Davenport in Galveston, Texas. At the age of 2 he moved to Wharton, TX where he was raised. He graduated from Wharton High School in 1969. Shortly after graduating he joined the United States Marine Corp and served his country for 20 years and retired in June 1989 as a Master Sergeant. After his military career he worked for Stewart and Stevenson until he retired in March 2010. The Lord called him home early in the morning on March 12, 2013.
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He is preceded in death by his father Isaac Bess Sr., mother Ida Mae Bess, brother Isaac Bess Jr., and sister Joyce Bess Solomon. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife Rose, sons Cedric D. Bess (Felecia) and Corey R. Bess (Danielle), a stepson Mitchell Mason (Melissa) stepdaughters Jerrice Price (Bo), and Inez Hernandez (Victor), grandchildren Cena Bess, Cianna Bess, Christopher Elliott, Ellyssa Price, Britnie Price, Madelyn Bridges, Nicholas Mason, Cody Mason, Cameron Mason, Trysten Alcala, Katelyn Hernandez, Megann Hernandez, and Victor Hernandez Jr., twin brother Ronald Bess, brothers Jack Bess (Doris), Charles Bess, sisters MaryJean Bonton, Doris Francis (Henry), and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Funeral arrangements are as follows:
TUESDAY, MARCH 19, 2013 @ 6PM - 8PM Heritage Baptist Church, 2223 FM 1092, Missouri City, TX 77489.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 2013 @ 11AM, Heritage Baptist Church, 2223 FM 1092, Missouri City, TX 77489.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 2013 (Immediately following funeral service) Evergreen Cemetery, Wharton, TX
Published in Houston Chronicle on Mar. 17, 2013