Bessie G Cheros

July 24, 1928December 26, 2020

Bessie George Cheros of Greenville SC born on July 24, 1928, passed on December 26, 2020.

Bessie touched the lives of many people of the Upstate of South Carolina over the years through her love and commitment of music education. She loved music so much that she incorporated it in all aspects of her life including her career, her activities at church and her beloved music club. After receiving her BA in Early Childhood Education from Furman University, she taught young students through the school systems, through her private Music teaching at home and through the Furman University Young Music Student Program. While formal Music Teaching was her profession of choice she also was associate Choir Director at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Greenville SC. She was a member of the Daughters of Penelope and an integral part in the development of the Greek night and Greek festivals of the early 70’s. She was always a proponent of young women’s growth in the church and community through her involvement in the Philoptichos Society and the Maids of Athena. In later years she was an important member of the Kefi Adult Greek Dance Troupe.

Bessie was a dedicated member of The Crescent Music Club of Greenville, SC. She was a member of the Order of the Crescent, and a Scholarship in her name has been established for Junior Music Club Piano students. Ms. Cheros always continued her professional music development through her continued association with Brevard and Converse College in Spartanburg.

In her retirement she became a Greek translator for the hospital systems in Greenville, SC.

Bessie touched the lives of so many throughout her whole life but none more so than her family. She became a mother-like figure for her nephew and godson Charles J Lachanos. And is survived by his family: including his spouse Jean Marie Bishop; his oldest daughter Adrianna Mariacharles Lachanos Allston, with her family, her husband Donald McKay Allston IV, and sons, Donald McKay Allston V, and Adrian Charles Allston; his oldest son Charles Justin Bishop-Lachanos and his wife Jennifer Bailey Bishop-Lachanos; his youngest daughter Constance Demi Marie Lachanos; and his youngest son Leo Augustus Bishop-Lachanos. She will also be missed by her surviving nieces and nephews George Lachanos, George Cheros, Sophia Plagakis, Kim Cheros, Kyle Cheros and their wonderful families.

Services will be held at Mackey Funerals and Cremations at Woodlawn Memorial Park 1 Pine Knoll Drive Greenville, SC 29609 on December 31, 2020. Visitations will be from 12:00pm to 12:45pm, her funeral service will be at the onsite chapel at 1:00pm and graveside services will follow. There will be a facebook live event for the service as well. The service will be lived streamed at Facebook page "Woodlawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park".

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Cresent Music Club for The Bessie Cheros Junior Music Club Piano Scholarship At 202 Holly Drive Easley, SC 29640.

Condolences can be made to Bessie's family at


  • Visitation

    Thursday, December 31, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, December 31, 2020


Bessie G Cheros

have a memory or condolence to add?

Ann Guest

December 31, 2020

Bessie was one of my dearest friends, and I loved her with my whole heart. We taught together for 14 years at Furman's Piano for Young People program, and were so close, we could finish each other's sentences. I can attest to her immense love for her dear family. Prayers and thoughts are with you all. Ann Guest

Libby Ziemnicki

December 30, 2020

BB will always be seen as everyone's Grandma who was blessed to have her in their lives! I first met BB 16 years ago through my friendship with Adrianna. BB opened her home and heart to me like I was her own niece. I loved sitting around her kitchen table when we were younger drinking tea and coffee just chatting about life. She had a beautiful, contagious smile. She gave so much to this world with her passion to help others and her unconditional love. I will always cherish my memories of her and feel so blessed to be accepted as part of her family.