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Mike Bess

Mike Bess BESSEMER CITY – Michael Keith Bess, 53, of 316 Neal Rd., passed away suddenly Friday, April 10, 2020. He was born Aug. 11, 1966 in Fremont, Neb., to the late Clyde Keith and Mary Jeanette Garrett Bess. Mike was employed with ADS for nearly 18 years. He loved carp fishing and being outdoors. He also loved his family dearly. Mike had the biggest heart and never met a stranger. He will truly be missed. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde Keith and Mary Jeanette Garrett Bess; sister, Diane June Bess Dedmon, and his infant sister, Penny Allison Bess. He is survived by his loving wife, Rhonda Leatherman Bess; stepsons, Ethan Beck (Kaci), and Logan Beck, (and fiancé Brittany); sisters, Lynn Bess Gray and husband Mike of Rock Hill, and Joy Whittington and husband Kevin of Bessemer City; two brothers, Bobby Blanton and wife Monica of Gastonia, and Wayne Short (Betty) of Kings Mountain; grandchildren, Paxton, Hattie, Kaiden, and Marrisa; nieces and nephew; April Dellinger Sprouse, Makayla Gray, Jonathan Pack (Stacie), Lizabeth Dedmon, Taylor Whittington, and Stormy Bailey. Special arrangements have been made due to current social restrictions. The family received friends from 5 until 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at Westover Baptist Church, 114 Westover Dr., Kings Mountain, N.C. Please note that, due to social distancing, only 10 people will be allowed into the church at a time. Patience with the funeral and church staff would be appreciated. A special drive-in funeral service, officiated by Rev. Kevin Whittington, will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 15, 2020 in the Westover Baptist Church parking lot. Guests are asked to remain in their vehicles during the service. A private interment will be held at Shady Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Westover Baptist Church, 114 Westover Dr., Kings Mountain, N.C., 28086 Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net. Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services served the family of Mr. Bess.