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Bessie Harris Dunn Lee-Rayford
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Birth: Jan. 5, 1918
Wake County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Sep. 19, 2005
Wake County
North Carolina, USA

Bessie Harris Dunn Lee Rayford was born to the late John and Beatrice Griffin Harris on January 5, 1918 in Wake County, North Carolina. She departed this life, September 19, 2005, at City of Oaks Health & Rehab-Raleigh, North Carolina.
Bessie attended Wake County Public Schools. She was a dedicated member of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist church for many years until her health prevented her continued involvement. Bessie was a Deaconess and a member of the Missionary Circle. She loved working in her church and community. She was a cook for the Governor Morehead School, Raleigh, North Carolina for many years until retirement. Bessie Dunn Lee Rayford was preceded in death by a daughter, Lovie Mae Dunn, two sisters, Clara Harris Dye, and Irene Harris Peppers, three brothers:Earnest Harris, Johnnie Harris, and Harvey Harris. She leaves to cherish her memory; her husband Robert Earnest Rayford, five stepdaughters, Ernestine Curtis, Beulah Rayford Closs, Wennie Faye Scarborough (Charles), Luzelia Rayford Cheek (James) and Josephine Bailey (Milton) all of Raleigh, North Carolina. Six Grand Children, Thirteen Step Grand Children, Twenty Two Great Grand Children, Twenty Six Step Grand Children, Sixteen Great, Great Grand Children and three step great, Great Grand children. She also raised eight foster children.

Order of Service

Reverend C. E. Edwards, Presiding



Moments of Visitation

11:30-12:00 PM

Hymn---------------------------------Senior Choir

Scriptures: Old Testament Proverbs 3l:10-20
New Testament John 15:15-16

Prayer of Comfort----------------Deacon Tyrone Richardson

Hymn-----------------------------Senior Choir

Remarks--------------------------Deacon Leo Merritt

Acknowledgments------------------Deacon Erdyne Yates

Obituary (Silent Reading)

Solo----------------------------Reverend Shirley Young

Eulogy--------------------------Reverend Ronald A. Burrell
Pastor, Wake Baptist Grove Church, Garner, NC

Solo----------------------------Kameela Peppers Wardworth

Recessional Hymn----------------Senior Choir



Carolina Biblical Gardens of Raleigh
Raleigh, North Carolina

Floral Bearers
Deaconesses & Friends
Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church

Pall Bearers
Deacon& Friends
Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church

Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church


Perhaps you sent a lovely card, or sat quietly in a chair.
Perhaps you sent a floral piece, if so, we saw it there.
Perhaps you spoke the kindest words, as any friend could say; Perhaps you wre not there at all, Just thought of us today. Whatever you did to console our hearts, We thank you so much whatever the part.

Professional Service By
Haywood Funeral Home
2415 W. Wilmington St.
Raleigh, NC 27603
Office (919) 832-2835

Family links: 
  Beatrice Griffin Harris (1889 - 1978)
  Ernest Harris (1910 - 1950)*
  Harvey Harris (1913 - 1981)*
  Irene Harris Peppers (1913 - 2001)*
  Johnny Harris (1914 - 1978)*
  Bessie Harris Dunn Lee-Rayford (1918 - 2005)
*Calculated relationship
Carolina Biblical Gardens
Wake County
North Carolina, USA
Created by: Ms.B. Taylor
Record added: Sep 23, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11805907
Bessie Harris <i>Dunn</i> Lee-Rayford
Added by: Cherie Atkinson Clark
Bessie Harris <i>Dunn</i> Lee-Rayford
Added by: Ms.B. Taylor
Bessie Harris <i>Dunn</i> Lee-Rayford
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Rest in peace. From your first born great grandchild.
- Precious Borden
 Added: May. 17, 2012

- Cherie
 Added: Nov. 24, 2008

- Ms.B. Taylor
 Added: Sep. 29, 2008
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