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Celebrating the life of
Bessie Deal O'Berry
April 07, 1930 - January 18, 2018
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Visitation
  • 11:30am - 12:30pm - Tuesday, January 23, 2018
  • Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
  • 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31406

  • 912-352-7200
  • Graveside Service
  • 1:30pm - Tuesday, January 23, 2018
  • Hillcrest Abbey West
  • 1336 Dean Forest Road (Map)
    Savanah, Georgia 31405

  • 912-233-3557

In behalf of my Aunt Bessie, who helped raise me, my sister Renee' (Renee' Richey Bowser, Deceased) and my brother, Robbie, (Robert Richey, Deceased)..We were the children of Aunt Bessie's Sister, Mary Ellen Deal, who passed away when I was about 15 yrs. old. Our Father, (Bobby Lewis Richey, Deceased) passed a couple of years before our Mother. All of Aunt Bessie's Family meant the world to her. She loved and helped her family anytime they needed her. Her and Uncle Lester's doors were always open to us. She also helped raise my 1st Cousin, Bill Deal, son of Aunt Bessie's Brother, (Harry Deal, Deceased). Bill was one of the first born Nephews and did learn everything about O'berry Trucking as Uncle Lester and Aunt Bessie taught him about the business. Aunt Bessie's brother, (Johnny Deal, Deceased) only had one daughter, Angie Deal. Angie has struggled through out her life as I haven't had an easy life either and she was also there with Aunt Bessie when she could.. It was hard on me traveling from Florida to Savannah about every 3 months and trying to stay with Aunt Bessie a few weeks at a time trying to help her and Jerald. Jerald Phillips, son of Aunt Bessie's Living Sister, (Lana Bonita Deal Phillips). He was the baby nephew and Aunt Bessie helped Bonita with him while he was growing up. His father, (J.L. Phillips) passed away when he was young too. Aunt Bessie never had children of her own so we were All her children and she was a Mother to All of us. Family blood always came first no matter which niece or nephew it was. She loved us all the same. One more mention is Hubert Newman (Hubbie). He was a long time friend to Aunt Bessie as a tenant and helped her so much (about 17 years). Aunt Bessie was so appreciative of the Newman Family who helped her. (Ailene, Richard and Sam). So, in behalf of my Aunt Bessie, she would say Thank you to everyone who was there for her. A few more mentions Ricky Banks, my 2nd Cousin, David O'Berry, brother of Uncle Lester, The Howard Family, Wade, Glenda and Tootie, long time friends of the O'Berry Family, Sumter Utilities in support of Jerald and the beautiful flowers sent, Selita Wallace, of Hospice Care. And I'd like to share one of the last few things Aunt Bessie said to me was, "I want my family to have peace and get along", and I'd like to share that Aunt Bessie and I (and on Uncle Lester's side Niece, Jan Carnley) were 3 in agreement in Prayer (Matthew Chap. 18, Vs. 19 & 20) that HER WISHES would be carried out when it was her time to leave us and it was to be shared with her living sister, Bonita and her deceased brothers and sisters nieces and nephews who did not have their parents to raise them I will always know that truth was what she wanted. She trusted me because we shared our belief in Jesus and she knew she could always trust me. We had many conversations about this 5 years before she became so ill. I'll Always Love You, Aunt Bessie and appreciate you Always being there for me (and us). I'll always be You're Little Girl and I will see you in Heaven along with the rest of our family, one day Forever.....I only pray now for God's Will to be done because Now the Truth is in God's Powerful Hands and God protects his children..In Jesus Name.

Linda Richey, Niece, Lakeland, Florida

I'm so sorry for your loss. Please find comfort in the scripture found at John 5:28,29. There Jehovah has made a promise that will soon be a reality. I hope this helps. For more information, please visit jw.org.

Kelly , Pooler, Ga

It is now 01/25/2018. Just found out My Aunt Bessie Has passed. She ,Lester, and I lived under the same roof for 30 years. A cousin of mine had promised to notify when her health got worse or she passed. For some reason this didn't happen. Bessie and Lester and I held O,Berry Trucking together for years. Lester was the only father I ever knew. Bessie took me in when my biological father died.They sent me to privet Catholic School when I was 11 Years old.I lived with them until I enlisted in the army in 1967.Returned home when I was Honerably dischared in 1970.I lived with them until Lester passed. Bessie had a lot of emotional problems after that. She could not even deal with turning off his life support machine. She asked if I whold do it and I agreed. These were the only parents I ever knew. I am crushed.I am a sick old man. Two heart attacks , diabetic,and TB that is inactive so say the doctors. Lester had active tb and living in the same house for so many years it was bound to happen to me. It was ok with me because Lester was the best man I ever new. I will make sure the last years of Bessies life will be honered.Thesr were both special people and I will do what it takes to keep anyone who might have benefit from her death.

William Deal, Graceville, Fl.

My mom Julia Judy which was Aunt Bessie's sister. They loved each other unconditional. I am thankful I was a part of helping them keep in contact and talking. God bless her. Love you Aunt BESSIE.

Tammy Coffman, Clermont, Fl

Deepest thoughts of sympathy to you all.. especially to Wade, Glenda, Tootie,& Tom whom she loved dearly.

Mr.&Mrs.Larry Thomas, Nahunta, GA

AUNT BESSIE & UNCLE LESTER have always been my favorite O'Berry Aunt&Uncle. I remember always seeing them as a Couple who loved each other, through thick & thin, worked hard together---were real Partners."Fond memories flood me and my Brother Charlie and me, as young children, would wake and see "that Big Truck" at our home for a quick visit. My Tommy and I moved West to Tennessee and Colorado in the 1980's. Raising our three children, Chadd, Carmin (both shared an April 7th birthday) and Ceth. They always knew they had Aunt b, too. Keeping in touch, across country, sharing Family things, events-my Grandchildren--pictures, health problems, & visits when we went to the South, But, most of all we shared Jesus, praying together knowing His love and Saving Grace is what binds people. Through her past year, I appreciate the many conversations with Gerald so I could stay in touch w/my, nursing knowledge along with her final journey. Phil. 4:13; Psm. 91; & NOW--1Cor.2:9--"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him"...that"s where our Aunt Bessie is Now. She knew Jesus! My prayers to her Family & Loved ones: Romans 10 & John 3:16. Salvation is being Free..Aunt Bessie is free & we can know JESUS & ALL be TOGETHER FREE--1Cor.2:9 AGAIN...Love, JAN & TOMMY, CHADD & CHRISTA, CARMIN & JAKE (COX), CETH & ASHLEY: CALLA JANAE, COLTER, ETHAN, JAYDEN, EMMA GRACE...All the Carnley(O'Berry) FAMILY out West.

Jan & Tom Carnley, Pagosa Springs, Co, Co

From everyone in our company, we extend deepest sympathies to Mr. Jerald Phillips and his entire family on the loss of Mrs. O'Berry.

Sumter Utilities, Inc., ,

Please find comfort in reading the scriptures found at Revelation 21: 3 & 4) and (John 5: 28 & 29). Sincerely

Nitha & Family , ,

What a blessing to have had Ms. O'Berry with you for such a long time. God, through His word the Bible, gives us the hope of "everlasting life." How wonderful it would be to share an eternity with our dead loved ones in peaceful and happy conditions. My sincere condolences to your family.

Nitha & Family , ,

Bessie Deal O'Berry, 87, passed peacefully at her home January 18, 2018 with her nephew Jerald at her side.

She and her husband Lester owned O'Berry trucking company in Savannah until his death in 1993. Bessie was a devout Catholic and member of Sacred Heart since 1952. Never having children of her own she doted on her nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband Lester E. O'Berry, and 7 siblings.

Surviving is one sister Bonnie Phillips of Port Wentworth, and several nieces and nephews, to note, Jerald Phillips of Rincon Ga, Linda Richey of Lakeland FL and Angie Deal of Savannah.

Visitation will be held at Fox and Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel on Tuesday from 11:30am-12:30pm followed by grave side service at Hillcrest Abbey West at 1:30pm with Father John Lyons officiating.

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In behalf of my Aunt Bessie, who helped raise me, my sister Renee' (Renee' Richey Bowser, Deceased) and my brother, Robbie, (Robert Richey, Deceased)..We were the children of Aunt Bessie's Sister, Mary Ellen Deal, who passed away when I was about 15 yrs. old. Our Father, (Bobby Lewis Richey, Deceased) passed a couple of years before our Mother. All of Aunt Bessie's Family meant the world to her. She loved and helped her family anytime they needed her. Her and Uncle Lester's doors were always open to us. She also helped raise my 1st Cousin, Bill Deal, son of Aunt Bessie's Brother, (Harry Deal, Deceased). Bill was one of the first born Nephews and did learn everything about O'berry Trucking as Uncle Lester and Aunt Bessie taught him about the business. Aunt Bessie's brother, (Johnny Deal, Deceased) only had one daughter, Angie Deal. Angie has struggled through out her life as I haven't had an easy life either and she was also there with Aunt Bessie when she could.. It was hard on me traveling from Florida to Savannah about every 3 months and trying to stay with Aunt Bessie a few weeks at a time trying to help her and Jerald. Jerald Phillips, son of Aunt Bessie's Living Sister, (Lana Bonita Deal Phillips). He was the baby nephew and Aunt Bessie helped Bonita with him while he was growing up. His father, (J.L. Phillips) passed away when he was young too. Aunt Bessie never had children of her own so we were All her children and she was a Mother to All of us. Family blood always came first no matter which niece or nephew it was. She loved us all the same. One more mention is Hubert Newman (Hubbie). He was a long time friend to Aunt Bessie as a tenant and helped her so much (about 17 years). Aunt Bessie was so appreciative of the Newman Family who helped her. (Ailene, Richard and Sam). So, in behalf of my Aunt Bessie, she would say Thank you to everyone who was there for her. A few more mentions Ricky Banks, my 2nd Cousin, David O'Berry, brother of Uncle Lester, The Howard Family, Wade, Glenda and Tootie, long time friends of the O'Berry Family, Sumter Utilities in support of Jerald and the beautiful flowers sent, Selita Wallace, of Hospice Care. And I'd like to share one of the last few things Aunt Bessie said to me was, "I want my family to have peace and get along", and I'd like to share that Aunt Bessie and I (and on Uncle Lester's side Niece, Jan Carnley) were 3 in agreement in Prayer (Matthew Chap. 18, Vs. 19 & 20) that HER WISHES would be carried out when it was her time to leave us and it was to be shared with her living sister, Bonita and her deceased brothers and sisters nieces and nephews who did not have their parents to raise them I will always know that truth was what she wanted. She trusted me because we shared our belief in Jesus and she knew she could always trust me. We had many conversations about this 5 years before she became so ill. I'll Always Love You, Aunt Bessie and appreciate you Always being there for me (and us). I'll always be You're Little Girl and I will see you in Heaven along with the rest of our family, one day Forever.....I only pray now for God's Will to be done because Now the Truth is in God's Powerful Hands and God protects his children..In Jesus Name.

Linda Richey, Niece, Lakeland, Florida

I'm so sorry for your loss. Please find comfort in the scripture found at John 5:28,29. There Jehovah has made a promise that will soon be a reality. I hope this helps. For more information, please visit jw.org.

Kelly , Pooler, Ga

It is now 01/25/2018. Just found out My Aunt Bessie Has passed. She ,Lester, and I lived under the same roof for 30 years. A cousin of mine had promised to notify when her health got worse or she passed. For some reason this didn't happen. Bessie and Lester and I held O,Berry Trucking together for years. Lester was the only father I ever knew. Bessie took me in when my biological father died.They sent me to privet Catholic School when I was 11 Years old.I lived with them until I enlisted in the army in 1967.Returned home when I was Honerably dischared in 1970.I lived with them until Lester passed. Bessie had a lot of emotional problems after that. She could not even deal with turning off his life support machine. She asked if I whold do it and I agreed. These were the only parents I ever knew. I am crushed.I am a sick old man. Two heart attacks , diabetic,and TB that is inactive so say the doctors. Lester had active tb and living in the same house for so many years it was bound to happen to me. It was ok with me because Lester was the best man I ever new. I will make sure the last years of Bessies life will be honered.Thesr were both special people and I will do what it takes to keep anyone who might have benefit from her death.

William Deal, Graceville, Fl.

My mom Julia Judy which was Aunt Bessie's sister. They loved each other unconditional. I am thankful I was a part of helping them keep in contact and talking. God bless her. Love you Aunt BESSIE.

Tammy Coffman, Clermont, Fl

Candle tribute lit by Elyse Gowin — Georgia

Deepest thoughts of sympathy to you all.. especially to Wade, Glenda, Tootie,& Tom whom she loved dearly.

Mr.&Mrs.Larry Thomas, Nahunta, GA

AUNT BESSIE & UNCLE LESTER have always been my favorite O'Berry Aunt&Uncle. I remember always seeing them as a Couple who loved each other, through thick & thin, worked hard together---were real Partners."Fond memories flood me and my Brother Charlie and me, as young children, would wake and see "that Big Truck" at our home for a quick visit. My Tommy and I moved West to Tennessee and Colorado in the 1980's. Raising our three children, Chadd, Carmin (both shared an April 7th birthday) and Ceth. They always knew they had Aunt b, too. Keeping in touch, across country, sharing Family things, events-my Grandchildren--pictures, health problems, & visits when we went to the South, But, most of all we shared Jesus, praying together knowing His love and Saving Grace is what binds people. Through her past year, I appreciate the many conversations with Gerald so I could stay in touch w/my, nursing knowledge along with her final journey. Phil. 4:13; Psm. 91; & NOW--1Cor.2:9--"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him"...that"s where our Aunt Bessie is Now. She knew Jesus! My prayers to her Family & Loved ones: Romans 10 & John 3:16. Salvation is being Free..Aunt Bessie is free & we can know JESUS & ALL be TOGETHER FREE--1Cor.2:9 AGAIN...Love, JAN & TOMMY, CHADD & CHRISTA, CARMIN & JAKE (COX), CETH & ASHLEY: CALLA JANAE, COLTER, ETHAN, JAYDEN, EMMA GRACE...All the Carnley(O'Berry) FAMILY out West.

Jan & Tom Carnley, Pagosa Springs, Co, Co

From everyone in our company, we extend deepest sympathies to Mr. Jerald Phillips and his entire family on the loss of Mrs. O'Berry.

Sumter Utilities, Inc., ,

Please find comfort in reading the scriptures found at Revelation 21: 3 & 4) and (John 5: 28 & 29). Sincerely

Nitha & Family , ,

What a blessing to have had Ms. O'Berry with you for such a long time. God, through His word the Bible, gives us the hope of "everlasting life." How wonderful it would be to share an eternity with our dead loved ones in peaceful and happy conditions. My sincere condolences to your family.

Nitha & Family , ,


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