She was born in Claiborne County on November 19, 1920. She was the daughter of the late William and Laura Guy. She was a life-long member of the Greer's Chapel Baptist Church. She was a retired teacher from the Claiborne County School System. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Carson Brooks; sisters: Lela Owens, Beulah Guy, and Lula Allison; brothers: Fred and Frank Guy; sisters: Mankey and Mellie, who died during infancy; nephews Jerry Allison, Jack, Luther Bob, J.B. and Ray Owens.
Survivors include her son, Johnnie Brooks and wife, Alice of Harrogate; daughters: Donna Maples and husband, Alvie of Harrogate, Billie Davis and husband, Dan of Cleveland; grandsons: Wesley and John Brooks of Harrogate, Mark Davis and wife, Allison of Cleveland; granddaughters: Stephanie Pointer of Knoxville and Joan Fretwell and husband, Keith of Cleveland, Tn. Great-grandchildren: Davis Lane, Daxuelle and Erin Fretwell, Noah, Elizabeth and Emily Davis of Cleveland; special niece, Joy Evans and husband, Fred of Shawanee; niece, Marilyn Allison and daughters: Tracy Crawford and Beth Weisel of California; niece June Crawford in Washington D.C.; nephew, Billy Joe Owens of Ohio; one great-nephew, Kermit Owens and wife, Barbara; one great-niece, Sondra Smith; other family members include sister-in-law, Aileen Noe and Pauline Brooks of Tazewell; a host of friends and neighbors.
Graveside Services were held 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 8 at Guy Cemetery in Greer's Chapel with the Rev. David Bolton officiating. Music by Barbara Hatfield. Bessie will be sadly missed by her children and grandchildren.
Pallbearers: Wesley Brooks, John Brooks, Mark Davis, Buck Brown, Paul Wilder, Ralph Johnson. Honorable pallbearers: George Hill, Bill Surber, Marshall Gilbert, Fred Evans, Jimmy Bolton, George Day, Ed Bush.
People to thank for helping with mother: Wilma Agee, Paul and Maryann Wilder, Joy Evans, Housecall Nursing staff, Ruby Campbell, Heartland Medical staff, Heartland Pharmacy, Hospice nurses, Claiborne County Hospital Emergency Room, Fort Sanders Hospital, Claiborne Ambulance Service, Dick Nevils and The Prescription Shop.
Coffey Funeral Home in charge.