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Claude Freasure "Booty" Bess
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Birth: Aug. 27, 1914
Fayette County
West Virginia, USA
Death: Oct. 27, 2004
Oak Hill
Fayette County
West Virginia, USA

Claude Freasure "Booty" Bess, 90, of Fayetteville died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2004, at Mary's Garden, Oak Hill, following an extended illness.

Born Aug. 27, 1914, at Oakland, he was the son of the late Robert and Cecilia Preston Bess.

Booty was a member of Fayetteville United Methodist Church where he served as Sunday school superintendent and usher for many years. He graduated from Gauley Bridge High School and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He retired in 1978 from Union Carbide, Alloy, after 44 years of service where he was a maintenance supervisor.

He was very active in the community, enjoyed talking to people, calling Bingo at the American Legion, doing charity work and working at the Fayetteville United Methodist Church Food Pantry.

He was active in several organizations, including: past commander of American Legion Post 149, Fayetteville, past president of the Fayetteville Lions Club, helping the sight conservation project and the Adopt-a-Highway project, past president of the local chapter of AARP, past member of the Fayette County Democratic Executive Committee, a past member of the Fayetteville Town Council, served two years in the Silver-Haired Legislature, was a member of the Association of Retired School Employees, voice of Fayetteville High School football for approximately 40 years, a member of the FHS Coordinating Committee for the senior graduation party and was proud to be the oldest member of the "Angel" support group.

His wife, Edith Blanche Poff Bess; and his brother, Robert Leon "R.L." Bess, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his four sons and their wives, Norman and Barbara Bess of Richmond, Va., Joe and Beth Bess of San Antonio, Texas, Lee and Mollie Bess of Richmond, Va., Claude and Kay Bess of Fayetteville; two daughters and their husbands, the Rev. Claudette and the Rev. Max Nichols of Christiansburg, Va., Rebecca and Grant Cherrington of Charlotte, N.C.; 23 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at Fayetteville United Methodist Church with Charlie Garvin, the Rev. Max Nichols and the Rev. David A. Stackpole officiating. Burial will follow in Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville, with military rites conducted by VFW Post 3110, Oak Hill.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: Fayetteville United Methodist Church Food Pantry, P.O. Box 87, Fayetteville, WV 25840.

Arrangements are by Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.

Huse Memorial Park
Fayette County
West Virginia, USA
Created by: David A Swiger
Record added: Sep 06, 2012
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