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Feb. 3, 1926—Jan. 22, 2016 Bessie Turner Stockton was born on February 3, 1926, in the Eadsville community of Wayne County and departed this life on Friday, January 22, 2016, at the Pickett County Care and Rehab Center in Byrdstown, Tenn., having reached the age of 89 years. She was the youngest child of the late Obie Turner and Myrtle McCutchen Turner. She graduated from Wayne County High School on April 7, 1944 and moved to New Castle, Ind. to work at a factory that made fuel tanks for airplanes that were used during World War II. She returned to Monticello and on May 31, 1946, united in marriage to Russell Stockton. Bessie and Russell were married for 50 years until Russell’s death on September 4, 1995. One son, Doug Stockton, was born to this union. In July of 2000, Bessie united in marriage to Guy Decker who preceded  her in death on November 20, 2013. She enjoyed working and meeting new people. During her lifetime, she was employed at Cumberland Dairy, Monticello Shirt Factory, Begley Drug, Kennedy’s Clothing Store and Wal-Mart Stores. She worked at Wal-Mart for 22 years until declining health forced her retirement in March of 2010 at the age of 84 years. Survivors include her son—Doug (Donna) Stockton; two grandsons—Greg Stockton and Jason (Christy) Stockton; one great-granddaughter—Cassie Stockton; and one great grandson—Kason Stockton, all of Monticello. Also surviving is one step-son—Guy Decker, Jr. of San Francisco, Calif.; and two step-daughters—Margaret Dale of Miami, Fla. and Anna Ruth Kennedy of Albany, Ky. She leaves a host of nieces and nephews and many good friends who will mourn her passing. Funeral services were held Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 1 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Bro. Darrell Bunch and Bro. Bob Duranceau officiating.  Burial was in the Elk Spring Cemetery. Hicks-Vaughn Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
Published on  February 2, 2016
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