Bessie Malone BRAGGS

August 25, 1944April 11, 2019

Bessie Ann (Malone) Braggs, 74 of Las Vegas, Nevada died on April 11, 2019 after having suffered a stroke.

Bessie was born in Picayune Mississippi on Friday, August 25, 1944 to Maggie Lawson and RG Malone. She grew up and moved to Las Vegas, Nevada where she completed her formal education at University of Nevada Las Vegas where she later became an English professor. She married Clemon Braggs on March 14, 1964. They raised a beautiful family together.

Bessie worked for the Economic Opportunity Board before coming to work for the Community Food Bank where she became the Executive Director and served for over 20 years.

Bessie has always been community-focused. She was among the founders of the historic West Side D Street Festival and she twice served as the Grand Marshall of the Martin Luther King Day parade. She participated in countless fundraisers and community events.

One of the true markers of Bessie’s life is her faith. She looked to her Lord and Savior for guidance and comfort and welcomed His peace into her heart. She was a member of Captives Free Christian Church led by Pastor Billy G. Miller.

Bessie leaves behind her husband of 55 years, Clemon Braggs; sons Ricky Braggs and Mark Braggs; daughters Rhonda Braggs and Angela Proby; brothers and sisters; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; beloved extended family and countless friends. She was preceded in death by her brother Harry Lawson, her sister Colleen McCullum and her sons Barry Braggs and Andre Ridley.

A viewing will be held at Palm Mortuary 1325 N Main St, Las Vegas, NV on Thursday April 18 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday April 19 at 11 a.m. at New Jerusalem Worship Center 1818 N. Martin Luther King Blvd. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the BRAGGS family.


  • Visitation Thursday, April 18, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, April 19, 2019

Bessie Malone BRAGGS

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Charles “Chuck” Harper

April 18, 2019

I worked w/clemen(cokey) for many years at ballys and we were also golf buddies. He spoke occasionally about his family and I almost felt like I knew them.i was sorry to get to know that Bessie passed. I pray that the good lord comforts them in their time of sadness

Sonya Ruffin

April 16, 2019

Bessie is my aunt. I remember so many good things about her. She liked to collect things that she thought were interesting and give them to others, often me. I loved her appreciation for the artistic. She liked to gather her family around and let them know she loved them. I can’t imagine life without her yet I am grateful she was here.

I offer encouragement to the rest of my family and the friends who knew her. She knew where she was going. She made that reservation long ago.