Ray O. Bessent

April 16, 1926February 6, 2013

Ray O. Bessent, 86, passed away February 6, 2013. He was born in Jacksonville, Florida on April 16, 1926 to the late Charles and Sadie Altman Bessent. He retired in Interlachen, FL 29 years ago. Ray was a veteran of WWII and the recipient of various medals including the Purple Heart. He was a member of the Asbestos Workers Local 13 for 65 years and the VFW #10164 in Interlachen. He enjoyed woodworking and gardening. He was preceded in death by his son John Bessent. Survivors include his devoted wife of 64 years, Vonnie Bessent; his children , Richard Bessent (Susan), Charlene Asbell (Bob); his siblings, Gladys Miller, Katherine Henry, Erma Wimberly and Jimmie Sauls; 4 grandchildren, Townsend, Olivier, Michelle and Jennifer; and 2 great grandchildren, Noah and Adyn. Graveside service will be held Monday, February 11, 2013 at 11:00 AM in Riverside Memorial Park, Normandy Blvd. Jacksonville, FL with Chaplain David Tucker officiating. The family will receive friends Sunday from 4 to 6 PM at Hardage-Giddens Rivermead Funeral Home, 127 Blanding Blvd. Orange Park, FL 32073. Flowers are appreciated or donations may be made to Haven Hospice, 6400 St. Johns Ave. Palatka, Fl 32177. Post tributes at


  • Visitation Sunday, February 10, 2013
  • Graveside Service Monday, February 11, 2013

Ray O. Bessent

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February 12, 2013

Vonnie, Charlene, Richard,

I was greatly saddened to learn of Ray's passing. I always respected him and thought he was a really good man. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. I was honored to have know him for many years and deeply appreciate the time he always took to take the boys and me fishing and hunting. May God bless and keep you all.

Gordon Bartholf

Pam Tyler

February 12, 2013

Deepest sympathy to Vonnie and Family, many thoughts and prayers are with you all! Ray was very special and will be greatly missed.

Leslie & Ray Ward

February 9, 2013

Mr. Ray, you were a wonderful person and we will miss you here.

Dianne Serra---Turner

February 8, 2013

You have been a great Friend Mr.Ray You will be Missed. You are in Our Hearts forever.See You again My Friend! Love You

Brenda Bessent-Crews

February 8, 2013

May your find Comfort in the Memories you shared with your Loved one. My thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone.