Bessie Mae Light

February 18, 1928April 7, 2019

Bessie Mae Light, 91, of Greeneville, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2019, at her home.

She was a homemaker who enjoyed growing beautiful flowers, playing word games, and watching tv.

She was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include a daughter: Maudenia Charlton Ryan and her husband, Roy, of Chuckey; granddaughter and her husband: Nickie and Darrell Odom; grandson: James Keysmith; great grandson: Zack Odom; a special friend and caregiver, who made her home with Ms. Light for several years: Patty Carter; and her special caregivers of Amedisys Hospice Care.

She was a daughter of the late Maude Jeffers Taylor and James Carl Taylor and was preceded in death by her step-mother: Leona Rector Taylor; her first husband: Clarence Charlton; second husband: George H. Light; and son: James Allen Charlton.

The family will receive friends 1-2 p.m. Thursday at Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home.

A graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday at Bethany Church Cemetery with Rev. John McPheron officiating.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.


  • Maudenia Charlton Ryan and Roy, Daughter and Son-in-law
  • Nickie and Darrell Odom, Granddaughter and Husband
  • James Keysmith, Grandson
  • Zack Odom, Great Grandson
  • Patty Carter, Special Friend and Caregiver
  • Maude Jeffers Taylor, Mother
  • James Carl Taylor, Father
  • Leona Rector Taylor, Step-Mother
  • Clarence Charlton, First Husband
  • George H. Light, Second Husband
  • James Allen Charlton, Son
  • She also leaves her special caregivers of Amedisys Hospice Care to cherish her memory.

  • Family and Friends


  • Visitation Thursday, April 11, 2019
  • Graveside Service Thursday, April 11, 2019

Bessie Mae Light

have a memory or condolence to add?

Rachel Grogg Lockard

April 10, 2019

Maudina, I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. My mom always thought of her as a very dear friend and was thrilled beyond measure the day you both came to visit her in Kingsport only a few years ago. I still have many of a little cactus succulent that your mom sent my mom in the mail many, many years ago. Mom always said you could tell when someone really loved you if they gave you a flower and it lived. Both our mom’s are having a beautiful visit in a place where they have The most beautiful gardens to enjoy every day. God Bless You.