Bessie Scott Karnes

November 18, 1935January 10, 2019

Bessie Scott Karnes, 83, of Lynchburg passed away Thursday, January 10, 2019.

Born in Lynchburg, November 18, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Josephus Morgan Scott and Thelma Payne Scott. She worked for GE for over 20 years and later retired from Waytec Corporation. She attended Pleasant View Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, Perry Ray Karnes and Joseph D. Karnes.

Survivors include her former husband, David Karnes of Evington, her daughter-in-law Kelly Karnes; two grandchildren, Jessica K. Fisher and Trevor J. Karnes and two great grandchildren, Coleson Fisher and Colin Fisher.

A funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at Whitten Timberlake Chapel with the Rev. Rick Ewing officiating. Interment will follow in Altavista Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service.

Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider Pleasant View Baptist Church, 19278 Forest Rd., Lynchburg, VA 24502.


  • George Wright
  • Leslie Scott
  • Danny Marks
  • Roy Payne
  • Brian Payne
  • Robert Payne

  • Pleasant View Baptist Church


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Bessie Scott Karnes

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Connie Fairchild

January 20, 2019

May Bessie rest in peace! I was fortunate to have gotten to know Bessie quite well through Lynn Fairchild Martin during the time Lynn and Perry were together, and then during the time Lynn looked after Bessie, and when Bessie lived with Lynn. We had laughs and memories, such as the apple cake she requested, and Lynn made on Mother's Day. I remember all the Western Movies Bessie, Lynn, and myself watched on TV (over and over). We, along with Kelsey and Chip, enjoyed having her "in our family too". Jessica and Trevor, always cherish the memories with your Grandmother. Those memories will always be there. Dave, she was lucky to have you there for her in her last days.

Cara Allen Riggs

January 15, 2019

I grew up knowing Bessie every weekend at Leesville Lake. I have so many sweet memories of her. As a young girl we all would pick wild blackberries and she would make us homemade blackberry ice cream. What a treat I will never forget! She was always so happy to see me and always made me feel so very special. She had such a charitable heart always wanting to do for others. I will always cherish those childhood memories with Bessie! XO. Cara Allen Riggs

Mitzy Allen

January 14, 2019

We will always treasure wonderful memories of times shared with a special friend, Bessie, at Leesville Lake. Mitzy and ‘Moose ‘

Jessica Karnes

January 14, 2019

I love you. Thank you for the encouraging words you told me last week. They will stay with me always. Please give daddy a big hug and kiss from me. I will always remember the Jack and Jill stories you would tell me 😊 May you rest in Heavenly peace ❤️