William Lafayette Bess, Jr.

October 22, 1927 - May 4, 2009

McKinney-William Lafayette Bess Jr. passed away May 4, 2009. Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 8, 2009, at the First United Methodist Church McKinney, officiated by Dr. Tommy Brummett and Dr. Jim Palmer. Bill was born in El Paso, Texas on October 22, 1927 to William and Rose Bess. After high school graduation he joined the United States Marines and served two years during World War II. He was then employed by Civil Service as he worked toward his Architectural Degree. He worked for several commercial firms designing and remodeling hospitals and churches. Bill retired from the Arlington Independent School District where he held a position as a staff architect. He was a devoted Christian and a consummate gentleman. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Beverly Bess; daughter, Lisa Albritton and her husband, Bob; sister, Lillian Childress; step-children, Mark Evans, Hugh Evans, Tim Evans and Debbie Bartzen; twelve grandchildren and one great-grandchild. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church.

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Beverly - We returned last night from an 8 day trip, and I was shocked to read of Bill's death. The last we knew was that he was home and doing better. You truely upheld your marriage vows by caring for him and loving him "in sickness and in health" until the very end. We are so very sorry. Don and Mary Nelle Mary Nelle Cummins, May 12, 2009 you are in my prayers. George Webb, May 8, 2009 Beverly, Hank and I are so grateful to have known Bill as the caring, considerate person that he truly was. He will be missed by all of us. We are honored to know both of you and look forward to being with you for many years. Love you, Hank and Ann Koenig Hank Ann Koenig, May 7, 2009 Beverly - words can't express our sorrow for you and your loss. I had such a pleasure to give Bill a prayer shawl. Wrapping it around his shoulders was an awesome experience for me, and I'm sure for him. Know that God wrapped his arms around him in the form and the shawl, and now he can actually wrap his arms around him and comfort him. Love Don & Sue Wagstaff Don & Sue Wagstaff, May 7, 2009 Beverly, We are glad we had the privilege of knowing Bill since your move to McKinney. We'll remember his intelligence, his being a Christian role model, and a man who just adored you! Love in Christ, Adrian & Trevis Lunsford Adrian Lunsford, May 7, 2009 What a shock to read of Bill's death in the Echo. He seemed to be on the upswing when last I saw him. I am so sorry for your loss, and especially sorry I cannot attend services as I will be out of town. He will be sorely missed by many. Tracy E Luscombe, May 7, 2009 Bev, I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your, Bill. Please know you are in my prayers. Remember, love still grows in our memories. Blessings to you and your family. Tina Walker Tina Walker, May 6, 2009