Bessie Mae Holliday

FORT WORTH — After a long illness, Bessie Mae Holliday, 85, passed away to a better place on Saturday, Jan. 31, in a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral services were held on Feb. 5, at Corinth Baptist Church near Eastland. Burial was in the Kokomo-Simpson Cemetery near Gorman.

Bessie Mae Tucker was born to Jerusha Emaline Fields Tucker and Erie Thomas Tucker on February 15, 1923, in Eastland, Texas. She attended schools at Pleasant Valley, Carbon and Eastland. On July 6, 1939, Bessie married the love of her life, W.D. (Bill) Holliday, near Gorman, at the country home of a Baptist minister, Brother Frasier. They were parents of two children and were married almost 58 years, when Bill passed from this life on March 23, 1997.

In 1956, Bessie attended Dr. Holt’s School of Nursing in Meridian and attained her dream of becoming a nurse when she received her LVN license. She dearly loved her job and enjoyed working in the operating room and clinic. They moved to near Woodson in 1958. She worked for many years as a special-duty nurse and X-ray technician in Throckmorton County Memorial Hospital.

From an early age, Bessie was a hard worker and a very good cook. She enjoyed caring for her family and home and loved to go to family reunions. Some of Bessie’s favorite things were sewing, quilting, recording and collecting preachers’ sermons, scrap booking and working in the yard. Roses were her favorite flowers.

Bessie lived in Eastland, Kokomo, west Texas, Walnut Springs, Woodson and Throckmorton. Bessie and Bill moved back to Walnut Springs in August 1996, and they were members of Walnut Springs Baptist Church. Bessie was a born-again Christian, as she was saved on February 28, 1953. She loved to go to church and even after she was disabled she went to every service she could. Her grandson Ricki, Sam and Shelley Cagle, and Karen Singletary were especially kind and helpful to her at church.

Bessie’s funeral service included a loving video tribute to her life, which was prepared by Victor Trotter, pastor of Corinth Baptist, Brother Benny Hagan, and her beloved son-in-law, Brother Richard Trotter, officiated. Richard, Ricki, Victor and Timothy Trotter, Matt Holliday and Richard’s nephew, Paul Trotter, provided live music. Steven Chambers of Dublin played the piano as his mother, Fannie Chambers led the congregational hymns, which were two of Bessie’s favorites, “The Lily of the Valley” and “I Won’t Have to Cross Jordan Alone.” During the service, some family members recalled memories of her, and Bessie’s grandchildren sang “Victory in Jesus.” Victor Trotter sang “Amazing Grace.” Bu special request from Peggy, Paul Trotter sang “A Heart That Never Breaks.”

Bessie was preceded in death by her husband, W. D. (Bill) Holliday, her parents, Jerusha Emaline Fields Tucker and Erie Thomas Tucker, her brothers, Thomas James (T.J.), John D., Walter Lenard, and Jack Hubert Tucker.

She is survived by brothers, Eric Lee (Pete) Tucker and wife, Gloria, of Fort Worth and Freddie Don Tucker and wife, Jackie, of Eastland; her daughter, Peggy Doyce Trotter and husband, Richard Dale, of Walnut Springs, and her son, Ronnie Glenn Holliday and wife, Alice, of Eastland; five grandchildren, Richard Glenn (Ricki) Trotter and wife, Charm, and Timothy Lyn Trotter and wife, Susan, of Walnut Springs, Victor Dale Trotter and wife, Andrea, of Fort Worth, Lori Leigh Holliday of Oklahoma City, and Matthew Russell Holliday and wife, Shana, of Meeker, CO. Also, surviving are nine great-grandchildren; Benjamin Trotter of Arlington, Zane, Trenton, Vance and Seth Trotter of Walnut Springs, Mason and Ruby Holliday of Meeker, CO, and Jake and Asher Trotter of Fort Worth, and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.The guest book may be signed at www.lawsonfuneralhome.net

Published February 12, 2009

Glen Rose Reporter