Mrs. Bessie Dunn Oxendine, 98, of 58 Plantation Road, was born August 11, 1914. On Thursday, June 27, 2013 she began her journey to her heavenly home. She was the daughter of the late Mr. George & Mrs. Marie Jones Dunn. She was also preceded in death by her husband: Mr. James Kelly Oxendine; five brothers: Mr. David Dunn, Mr. Clyde Dunn, Mr. Jake Dunn, Mr. Joe Dunn and Mr. Shadrack Dunn; five sisters: Ms. Sally McMillan, Ms. Johnnie Revels, Ms. Beulah Lowery, Ms. Nettie R. Dallas and Ms. Gladys Locklear; two sons: Mr. James Hardy Oxendine of Detroit, MI and Mr. Andy Oxendine of Pembroke; a special son-in-law: Mr. Ivory Strickland of Pembroke; two grandchildren: Adolph Strickland of Pembroke and Mr. David Leddington of Detroit, MI; two grandchildren: Nina LaShella Deese and B.J. Blue both of Pembroke.
The funeral will be conducted 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 30, 2013, at St. Anna Freewill Baptist Church with the Revs: Tony Oxendine, Lindbergh Chavis, Tony Miller, and Bobby D. Locklear officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Anna church cemetery.
Mrs. Oxendine is survived by two sons: Mr. Wesley Oxendine and wife: Mrs. Lana and Mr. Larry Oxendine and special friend: Ms. Dorothy Chavis all of Pembroke; four daughters: Ms. Mary K. Lowery, Ms. Patricia Strickland, Ms. Judy Ann Oxendine, and Mrs. Beulah Oxendine and husband: Rev. Tony all of Pembroke; 22 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends. Many, many more children called her Grandmamma and she has a daughter that is bonded to her by love: Ms. Delores Sanderson.
She dedicated her life to Godís service when she was a child at the tender age of eight years old. Her walk with God led her through many mountain tops, winding roads and deep valleys which were filled with joy, disappointments and pain. These life experiences strengthened her faith and trust in God.
Mrs. Bessie Oxendine took joy and pride in being a wife, mother, friend, neighbor and a child of God. She was always willing to lend a helping hand and never met a stranger. She helped raise countless children. Yet, she always found time to work with her flowers and vegetables.
The family will receive friends from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, June 30, 2013, at St. Anna Freewill Baptist Church.