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Bess Whitehead Patton

Bess W. Patton of Crystal Springs, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008 at St. Dominic Hospital at the age of 95. 

Visitation will be 10am-12pm and 1pm-2pm Friday, Dec. 12,  from Stringer Funeral Home, Crystal Springs, and memorial service at 2:00 at the First Presbyterian Church, Crystal Springs and interment at Lakewood Cemetery, Jackson.

She was born in Hattiesburg to the late Charles O. Whitehead, Sr. and Bessie Vining Whitehead while they were living in Columbia.  She lived in Georgia as a child moving with her family to Ackerman where she graduated from high school in 1931.  She attended Womans College and Sunflower Junior College.
In 1935 she married James Graham Patton who preceded her in death in 1989.  She was primarily a homemaker but was an officer and partner with her husband in Standard Printing Machinery Co., Inc. of Baton Rouge and Jackson.  They lived in the Mississippi Delta until 1954 when they moved to Jackson and later to Baton Rouge.  They moved to Crystal Springs in 1981 to be near their daughter.
Bess was a member of The Book Club and The Casual Luncheon Club of Jackson.  Until her health failed she belonged to Chapter F, PEO of Jackson and several genealogical organizations.  As long as she was able she was an active  member of the First Presbyterian Church of Crystal Springs.  In recent years she ‘attended’ Galloway United Methodist Church by television every Sunday.
Preceding her in death were two brothers; Charles O. Whitehead, Jr. and Robert E. Whitehead. 

Survivors include: daughter Betty Stockett and her husband, Richard; grandchildren; The Rev. Cary Stockett and his wife, Mechelle, of Madison; Alice Clement and her husband, Rod, of Jackson.  Four much loved great grandchildren; Andrew and Elliot Stockett and Wilson and Lucy Clement;  brother, Jack R. Whitehead of Brandon, sister, Lorraine W. Smith of Gulfport, two sisters in law; Ernestine  Whitehead, Oxford, and Dr. Margaret Steigman, Tyler, Texas; many nieces, nephews and cousins.  Also, her faithful caregivers, Robbie Ford, Vanessa Buck, Ola Jordan, and Lorene Sligh.

Memorials may be made to French Camp Academy, One Fine Place, French Camp, MS; First Presbyterian Church, Crystal Springs; Palmer Home for Children, Columbus, MS, or The Ochsner Foundation, 1514 Jefferson Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70121.

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