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Jess Bessire
© Cheyenne Star
Submitted by: Wanda Purcell

Jess Bessire, 73, long time resident of Canadian, Texas, died Tuesday, February 3, 1981 at Hemphill County Hospital, after a long illness. Funeral services were held Friday, February 6, 1981 at 2:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Canadian, with Rev. Lewis Holland, pastor, officiating.

Burial in the Canadian Cemetery.

Jess Bessire was born May 24, 1907 at Rankin, Oklahoma.

He was a retired barber. He was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Bessire, early settlers southwest of Reydon.

He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers Oscar, Earnest, William and Eddie Bessire; and one sister, Clara Forrest and one son.

Surviving him is his wife, Juanita of the home of one son, Ben Bessire of Canadian; one daughter, Anita Rutherford of Hays Center, Nebraska; one brother Leo Bessire of Ulysses, Kansas; thirteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Pall bearers were Billy Joe Grayson, Louis Wayne Grayson, Allison, Texas, Gary Minyen, Cliff Taylor, Rick Tennant and George Hand.

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