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 Bessie <I>Word</I> Smith

Bessie Word Smith

Death 15 Jan 2008 (aged 100)
Kosciusko, Attala County, Mississippi, USA
Burial Kosciusko, Attala County, Mississippi, USA
Memorial ID 23990275 · View Source
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Bessie Word Smith, 100, a retired teacher, died of heart failure, Tuesday, January 15, 2008, at Atwood Personal Care Home, Kosciusko, MS. Visitation is Thursday, January 17, 2008, at 12:30 p.m. til service time at Jordan Funeral Home in Kosciusko, MS. Funeral services are 2:00 p.m. Thursday at Jordan Funeral Home in Kosciusko, MS with burial in the Parkway Cemetery. Jordan Funeral Home in Kosciusko, MS is handling the arrangements. Rev. Barry Corbett will officiate the services.

Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, J. Herman Smith. She had lived in Kosciusko since her marriage in 1933. For many years, she taught the First Grade at Kosciusko Elementary School. She was a member of the First Baptist church where she once taught Sunday School in the Junior Department. During the years, Mrs. Smith had been an active member of The Book Lovers Club, The New Century Club, and a Charter member of The Little Garden Club.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Eva Mae Word, and brother, Roy Word of Vaiden, MS.

She is survived by one daughter, Bettye Smith Pierce and husband, Jim Pierce of Madison, MS; two granddaughters, Cindy (Mark) Jordan of Madison and Sheri (David) Bryan of Ridgeland; and seven great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters-in-law of Kosciusko, Doris Smith Puryear and Narnee Smith Williams.

Pallbearers are her grandson and great-grandsons, Mark Jordan, JonMark Jordan, Pierce Jordan, Tommy Woodard, David Woodard, and friend, Mark Atwood.

Honorary Pallbearers are her nephews, Dr. Jim Puryear of Augusta, Ga and Harry Puryear of Birmingham, AL, along with Eddie Woodard of Madison, MS.

Memorials may be given to Kosciusko First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 70, Kosciusko, MS 39090, or your favorite charity.

Published in the Clarion Ledger on 1/16/2008.





  • Created by: Ron Collins
  • Added: 16 Jan 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 23990275
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Bessie Word Smith (11 Jun 1907–15 Jan 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 23990275, citing Parkway Cemetery, Kosciusko, Attala County, Mississippi, USA ; Maintained by Ron Collins (contributor 14149965) .