Lawrence Rinford Hess

March 3, 1938May 23, 2019

Lawrence Rinford Hess, 81, of Statesville, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, unexpectantly at his residence Thursday, May 23, 2019.

Born in Russell County, VA, he was the son of the late Lee Hess and Lena Tuggle Hess. He graduated from Honker High School.

Lawrence worked as a school bus driver and worked at John Boyle Company until his retirement. He was a faithful member of The WAVE (Statesville Full Gospel Tabernacle). He always made everyone feel special and welcome. He had a smile and laugh that was contagious, that will be greatly missed. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Carl Leonard Hess; one sister, Wanda Hess and two brothers-in-law.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Alice Susan Osborne Hess with whom he would have celebrated 49 years of marriage on June 2nd; Two sons, Lawrence Douglas Hess and Jerry Ellis Hess; two brothers, Robert (Janet) Hess and Willie (Alberta) Hess; four sisters, Florence Blevins, Margaret Granados, Carol (Kevin) Smith and Virginia Hess. He is further survived by numerous nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.

The family will receive friends Saturday, May 25, 2019 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at The WAVE (Statesville Full Gospel Tabernacle) at 135 Village Point Drive Statesville, NC 28625.

The funeral service to celebrate Lawrence’s life will be held on Sunday, May 26, 2019 at 3:00 PM at The WAVE (Statesville Full Gospel Tabernacle) with Pastor Max Hayes and Pastor Tammy James officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers will be Wayne Osborne, Earl McCall, James Carrier, Ken Wallace, John Carpenter, Woody Hooks and Donnie Bandy.

Memorials may be made to The Hess Family c/o The WAVE P.O. Box 28 Scotts, NC 28699.

Online condolences may be left for the family at Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Hess family.


  • Wayne Osborne, Active
  • Earl McCall, Active
  • James Carrier, Active
  • Ken Wallace, Active
  • John Carpenter, Active
  • Woody Hooks, Active
  • Donnie Bandy, Active

  • The Hess Family c/o The WAVE


  • Visitation Saturday, May 25, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, May 26, 2019
  • Burial Sunday, May 26, 2019


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Pastor Max Hayes

May 28, 2019

Lawrence was a faithful member of our church, a faithful friend, but more than that, he was a true born-again Christian. He will be greatly missed but we rejoice to know that he is with the Lord and someday soon we will all meet again.

Bobby Hess

May 25, 2019

We are praying for the family and Lawrence will be missed . We love you all and are very sorry for your lost. Terry , Bobby, and little Bobby . Prayers for you Alice , Douglas and Ellis.

Bishop & Mrs Jerry Epps

May 25, 2019

So sorry for your loss
Praying for the family

Ken Wallace

May 25, 2019

Bro Hess ,WasA True man of God he also made fill welcome and always had a smile on his face.He will be miss at Church.But We know he is walking with the Lord .Ken and Debbie Wallace