GASTONIA - Mr. Yates Benton Bess, 82, of Gastonia, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Abingdon Place of Gastonia.
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He was a native of Gaston County, son of the late Marshall and Iris Lilly Moffatt Bess.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers, Cregg and Leon Bess.
Yates was a member of Lutheran Chapel Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and retired as a pressman with the Charlotte Observer.
After retirement he enjoyed woodworking, gardening and grandparenting.
Survivors of Mr. Bess include his wife of 55 years, Peggy Lineberger Bess; sons, Michael Bess and wife Tracy, Timothy Bess and wife Angela; five grandchildren and one great-grandson.
The family will receive friends from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at Lutheran Chapel Church.
A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at Lutheran Chapel Church with Rev. Michael Comer officiating.
Entombment will follow the service at Gaston Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to Lutheran Chapel Church, 702 N. New Hope Road, Gastonia, NC 28054.
Condolence messages may be sent online at www.McLeanFuneral.com.
McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the family of Mr. Bess.
Published in Gaston Gazette on January 21, 2013