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Bessie P. Smith

Mrs. Bessie P. Smith, 58, of 6319 Shell Drive SW, Atlanta, formerly of Petersburg, died suddenly Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in Atlanta. She was born March 11, 1955, to Margaret Prude Starks and the late Jimmie Prude, and stepfather, the late Roger Starks.

She was an honors graduate of Petersburg High School, class of 1974, and South Carolina State College, class of 1978.

Bessie leaves to cherish her memories: husband, Gary Smith Sr.; a daughter, Tiffany Mozely (Torres); son, Gary Smith Jr.; granddaughters, Torrean and Tiana Mozley, all of Atlanta; mother, Margaret Starks of Colonial Heights; a sister, Dorothy Davis of Lebanon, Pa.; a brother, Russell Prude (Nancy); and an uncle, Earl Booker both of Petersburg; and a host of nieces; nephews; cousins; friends; and church family.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at Elizabeth Baptist Church, 4245 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta, Ga.

Obituary courtesy of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, 804-732-8911, www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.

Published in The Progress-Index on Sept. 5, 2013
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