Bessie B. Johnson

Published 4:28 pm Sunday, May 23, 2021

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FRANKLIN – Bessie Bailey Johnson, 90, widow of James Clee “J.C.” Johnson Jr., passed away May, 22, 2021 in Southampton Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Johnson was a native of Handsom, Virginia and was a daughter of the late Tilman Vann Bailey and Rosa Francis Bailey. She was also predeceased by three sisters and three brothers, Alese B. Tucker, Vivian B. Kaikis, Dot B. Gelhaus, Aubrey Bailey, T.V. Bailey Jr, and Kenny Bailey. She was a member of Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church and a graduate of Newsoms High School.

Bessie B. Johnson

Left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Terry J. Bell and husband, Stan of Franklin and Betty J. Pendley and husband, Nate, of Clemmons, North Carolina; a brother, William C. Bailey and wife, Virginia Ann of Franklin; seven grandchildren, Chris Bell, Betsy Bell, Elizabeth Pendley Kuilema and husband, Martin, Nicholas Pendley, Katie Pendley Buey and husband, Chad, Caroline Pendley and Lexie Pendley; two great-grandchildren, Aiden Kuilema and Laken Buey and a host of nieces and nephews.

A private family graveside funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25 at Southampton Memorial Park, with the Rev. Steve Gibson officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Franklin Cooperative Ministry, 301 W. 1st Ave, Franklin, VA 23851