Anthony Rashad Bess

March 5, 1986June 8, 2019
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Anthony R. Bess, was born on March 5, 1986 at Camp Pendleton, CA to Johnnie Bess and Autumn Williams-Bess. He departed this life on 8 June, 2019. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, son, brother, and friend. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was very loyal. His friends could call anytime and he was always willing to listen, laugh, and make them feel cared for. When his friends ran away from home they ran to our house (even as adults). He was an excellent cook and a master of seafood. His children were his world. He was the boss, but they were in charge, and his 5-year-old told him exactly that (she won that argument). Anthony attended DoD and public schools to include Quantico and Brooke Point. Anthony was a brick mason by trade. He loved to fish (fishing pole optional), and spend quality time with his friends and family. He loved music to include Rock, Country, old school R&B (by default), and Rap. He was taught to appreciate music for its quality not its genre. Anthony was the youngest of four. He is survived by his wife Pam, daughters Ayriana Young-Baker (mom Destiny), and Natalie Bess. Parents Johnnie and Autumn, Brothers Marcus (Tamia), Rodney, and Johnnie Jr. (Gia), Grandparents Curtis Williams, Donna Wesley (Charles), and Lori Naska. A host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins from all over the country. Honorary mom Rhea Mitzel and honorary siblings Sarah, Marty, Josh, and Matt Mitzel. Anthony had so many friends, many called him brother, to many to acknowledge them all by name. Special thanks to his dear friends Ronque (Que in the Clutch!), Joe (What do you need, I know somebody), Heather and Tim (because of you he was with us 10 extra months), Missy, Mike, and Steve O (partners in mischief), Dray (voice of reason/mom's enforcer), Sean, Travis, and Matt for all your love, support, and assistance to Anthony, Natalie and Autumn the past year. You all stood by him and helped out after he lost his leg and because of you he never felt abandoned. Thank you to all of his friends who have reached out and shared their stories about Anthony. To Brandy, you live the furthest away, but you spoke to him almost every day! When you love with all your heart and soul you can't help but have an impact on the people around you. The outpouring of love and respect we have received because you are our son has shown us what you gave to your friends in life, and they are holding us up in your absence. We love you so very much, we will miss you, we will cherish your memories. We will all miss your smile and laughter, kind heart, and great love of snacks!! Rest easy our precious baby boy. Don't worry, your babies will be well taken care of.

Poem: To His Children Do Not Forget or Be Sad (By: Veronica S Williams) Do not forget or be sad. But always remember and be happy. For in memories, I am always alive, and shall always be with you. This is not an end but a new beginning. Sing and be joyous. For I have lived, and I have given life, so that you may live and enjoy all that I have and more. As you grew, I grew with you. Through each change, every good time, and every bad time. Through hellos and good-byes. Each tear of pain, each tear of joy, I cried with you. Remember them all, and I shall never be forgotten.

The family wishes to thank Greg Wright and Staff at Mobility Prosthetics, the staff at Stafford Mary Washington Hospital, and Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Fredericksburg for the wonderful care Anthony received. He once commented "so this is what good insurance looks like!" We would also like to thank Burn's Masonry for giving him a chance and teaching him a trade skill and thank you for your support the past year. You treated him like a close friend and we are forever grateful.


  • Visitation Tuesday, July 9, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, July 10, 2019


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Heather Felix

July 11, 2019

Anthony held so much respect in everyone's eyes. We all loved him, and still love him. Thank you to his wonderful family for bringing this amazing life into the world, and allowing us to share and enjoy him along with you!

Pam Bess

July 10, 2019

I love you husband
Phenomenal father.
Even though they say, "till death do us part ",
Death can't kill the LOVE we have.
I loved u then, love u now and will love u for the rest of my life.
Wifey. (Aka Pam)

VeEtta Bess-Dukes

July 9, 2019

My sweet cousin Anthony! You will forever be missed and loved by ur family. Even though we were miles apart in distance we were always close in heart and love. You were my baby cousin but the one with a heart of gold. I love you and will miss you. Tell Grandpa & Grandma we all said hello as well as Auntie Georgia Mae, Auntie Mattie and Uncle Jonas. Love you baby boy!!!
The entire Bess Family

Rhea Mitzel

July 9, 2019

Anthony, I was just thinking last night, about all the memories from you and my kids...when we were at Quantico. I'm so thankful for them. And I'm so thankful I had the chance, to be your honorary mom. Our family's were always together!! You will always be in my heart son!! I know your at peace now...and looking over your daughters, parents, brothers and the rest of us. Love always...mama Rhea

Michele Beall

July 9, 2019

That though the radiance which was once so bright be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower. We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind.

William Wordsworth ~

Condolences and prayers to you and your family.

We love you
The Beall Family

Annette Miller

July 9, 2019

Auntie Pepper & Uncle Johnnie-
I love you all and I pray that God provides you and Anthony’s entire family with the love, peace, and comfort that is needed to enjoy the memories of your beloved son, and my endearing cousin. I will continue to keep you all in prayer. Rest... child!

Annette Miller

Robbie Bess Tanner

July 9, 2019

My nephew. Your life was cut short but God make no mistakes. We will all miss you so much. Your love burns deep in us. We will never forget you. To your children. God got your daddy. Love him. Cry for him. But always remember him.
Love you all. Bro. and Pepper. Do not be sad. God got him now.

Toshimi Parker

July 9, 2019

Anthony was my cousin - his dad Johnnie and my mom Norma are brothers & sisters. Although we didn’t see each other often as you guys lived in VA and we lived in FL but it was good when we did.

One memory I will never forget was when 5 of us cousins flew to Virginia to see you guys - oh what a good time we had. We still talk about how beautiful and roomy you guys house was AND all the variety of foods Uncle & Auntie cooked for us.

May you rest in peace and know that you were loved by many many people.

Tina Davis

July 9, 2019

Although we are distant cousins, we still share the love for one another when we all were together. I was glad that I was able to visit you all in Virginia a few times. The best memory was when a few of your Florida cousins decided to take a cousin trip to DC. Auntie Peppa and Uncle Jimmy Kent open you guys home to us for the entire weekend. We had the best time and will forever be a special memory. May you rest in peace. I love you...

Misty Cross

July 9, 2019

Oh, Anthony... where do I start? You were one of the first people I came to know when I moved to VA in the early 2000's. Through you, I was introduced to the rest of the population in Stafford. No matter where you went, you had a friend close by. You've positively impacted the lives of many, most notable, your children. Ayriana, a beautiful, smart, young lady and Natalie, an adorable, outspoken, little girl. Because of you, your girls knew the power of a Daddy's love. Your love for them, despite lifes trials and tribulations, was never questioned by anyone. I cant help but to be sad that you're gone, however, I look at your precious girls, and find solice in the fact they now have the best angel anyone could ask for. My deepest condolences go to your mom and dad, Autumn and John. I hope they find what peace is possible to find. I will always remember the good times and hold on to the material pieces that are connected to or remind us of you. Higher powers had a different plan for you and we will all respect that. We know while you make friends with EVERYONE up there, that you wont forget the ones you love down here. Loyal to the end....and beyond. Until we meet again, my friend. <3