Mrs. McGee died March 9, 2013 in Athens.
She was born Oct. 11, 1926 in Columbia, Miss. to the late Samuel Franklin and Ida Joyce Ward Height. Bessie was a long time resident of Athens and a member of Livingstone Fellowship Church. She loved to cook and go fishing, She was a very loving mother who devoted her time supporting and participating in every aspect of her children’s lives. She was an avid Dallas Cowboy and LSU tiger fan , and had a passionate love for pets.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wiley McGee, in 1976 and a grandson, Wiley Darnell LeBleu, in 1999.
Survivors include sons, James R. McGee, Chandler, Joseph D. McGee, Malakoff, Waymond D. McGee and his wife Christine, Moore, Okla.; daughters, Tammy Renna’ McGee, Athens, Sherry Shepherd, Athens; grandchildren, Anthony LeBleu, Jennings, La., Levi LeBleu, Athens, Benjamin LeBleu, Beaumont, William LeBleu, Athens; three great-grandchildren, special friends that have become part of the family, Sue Ann Roquemore, Nieves Rodriquez and Shirley Burns all of Athens; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Honorary pallbearers will be Randy Byers, Darrell McGee, J.T. Trammell. Terry McGee, John Gahagan and James Pepper.
Visitation for family and friends will be Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd. Tyler, Texas 75701.