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William Bess

William Bradley "Bill" Bess

Sunday, January 26th, 2020
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William (Bill) Bradley Bess, 64, passed unexpectedly in his sleep at home the morning of January 26, 2020. He is survived by his wife, Tori Conners Bess; his sons, Michael Bess (Micah), Bradley Bess (Jessica) and grandson Anson; sisters, Elizabeth Williams, Sharon Courson (Miles) and Marylin Callis (Brian); numerous nieces, nephews and in-laws; dear cousins, Wendy, Scott, Ella and Anna Campagnari; and daughters of choice, Katie and Brindley Lowe.

Bill was born in Olean, N.Y., and grew up in Richmond. After high school, he spent time traveling the Intracoastal Waterway on a three-masted schooner, the “Sharon Virginia.” Bill spent years coaching youth sports in Middlesex County including soccer, baseball and basketball. His greatest joy was watching his sons play basketball. He provided transportation and tried his best to provide and support opportunities for many kids across the county. Bill cooked clam chowder at the Christ Church Parish booth at the Urbanna Oyster Festival for over 20 years.

Bill was devoted and loyal to his family and friends, with whom he shared his sharp wit in any attempt for a quick laugh at anyone's expense. He was an early riser who started days by slowly, driving down Route 33, stopping at each 7-11 along the way. When he finished using his carpentry and home repair skills for the day, he could be found at his home in Topping, watching a Yankee game or Judge Judy.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Bill Bess Memorial Fund at C&F Bank (P.O. Box 464, Saluda, Virginia 23149), a fund established to reduce MCPS student lunch debt and to benefit the youth of Middlesex County.

A Service to celebrate Bill’s life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Christ Church Parish in Middlesex. Following the Service the family will receive friends in the parish hall. Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel is assisting the Bess family.
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    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 10:00am
    Christ Church Episcopal Parish
    56 Christchurch Dr.
    SALUDA, VA 23149
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    Following the Service the family will receive friends in the parish hall.


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Gerald Berry

Posted at 09:18am
Dearest Bill, we always enjoyed your company although we didn't see you that often, you were always laughing and joking around. Both Pam and I liked you very much. God speed my friend, Father, Husband and a friend to so many. We will all miss you, may the Good Lord Bless and keep you. Gerry and Debbie Berry

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Posted at 08:10am
We are so sorry for your loss and are praying for you all.
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Debbie Billings

Posted at 08:07pm
Bill will be missed by many. He was a loving husband, great dad, and a wonderful friend. We have all lost a very special man indeed!

Arlene Washington Posted at 01:43pm

Sending my prayers and love to the family

Jani Parker

Posted at 06:44pm
So sorry to hear this! I was a teacher at St. Clare Walker when Bill worked there and taught both his sons. Bill was always kind to me and quick with a joke or quip. He will be missed. Much love to Tori and the boys. Jani Parker

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Posted at 05:23pm
For the future much less love. Bill and Susie
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