James Arthur BESS

BESS, James Arthur "Butch" Age 66 of LaVergne. Died Saturday, July 7, 2012 at his home. Mr. Bess is the son of the late William Oscar and Myrtle Nora Halpin Bess. He is also preceded in death by his brothers, Leslie Eugene, Clarence Robert and William Larry Bess; grandson, Douglas Eugene Smith III. Mr. Bess is survived by his wife of 47 years, Bertie Louise Gann Bess; son, James Kevin (Kelly) Bess of Smyrna; daughter, Teresa Diane (Doug) Smith of LaVergne; grandchildren, Diane Nicole Rice, James Michael Smith, Diane Elizabeth Smith, Devan Elyse Smith and Tiffany Lynn Bess; great grandchildren, Joshua Lavon Allen Ledford, Jr., Nicholes Kevin Douglas Ledford, Aiden Dwayne Rice and Abigail Josephine Rice; brother, Melvin Leroy Bess; sisters, Susie Jane Bess Williams of Arrington and Shirley Ann Bess Rickert of Gallatin. Funeral service will be 3 p.m., Tuesday at Woodfin Funeral Chapel, Smyrna. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Mr. Bess retired from Square D Company of Smyrna (now Schneider Electric USA). Visitation will be Monday from 3-10 p.m. at WOODFIN FUNERAL CHAPEL, Smyrna, (615) 459-3254 www.woodfinchapel.com

Funeral Home

Woodfin Chapel, Smyrna
1488 LASCASSAS PIKE Smyrna, TN 37167

Published in The Tennessean on July 9, 2012