Bessie Elizabeth Bledsoe, 80, Goshen, died at 2:49 p.m. Friday, April 21, at Goshen Hospital.
She was born May 2, 1936, in Independence, Mississippi, to Benjamin Franklin and Katie Louise (Walden) Ferguson.
On Sept. 18, 1977, she married Melvin Bledsoe Jr.
She is survived by her husband, Melvin Bledsoe Jr., Goshen; children, Christy (Bill) Speros, Somerville, Tennessee, Elaine (Larry) Newby, Byhalia, Mississippi, Marcus (Vicki) South and Warren (Zaida) South, both of Goshen; a brother, Ralph (Shirley) Ferguson, Senatobia, Mississippi; 11 grandchildren; a number of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; four stepsons; and a host of relatives.
She is preceded in death by her parents, grandson, two brothers, two sisters and a stepson.
Bessie worked as a seamstress for several Goshen companies. She was a member of the Church of Christ, Goshen.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, at Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home, 311 S. Main St., Goshen.
A funeral service and burial will take place in Mississippi.
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Published on  April 24, 2017