Bessie Rathbone

Nov 27, 2012

Loving Mother, Grandmother

CANTON — Bessie Sue Park Rathbone, 91, of Canton, passed away Monday, Nov. 26, 2012.

Mrs. Rathbone was born Oct. 10, 1921, in Haywood County to the late Joseph Allen Park and the late Maggie Downs Park.   She was a lifelong resident of Haywood County and was a 1938 graduate of Clyde High School.  Mrs. Rathbone was a member of Antioch Baptist Church.  She was a talented seamstress, enjoyed working in her vegetable and flower garden and she was also a wonderful cook. Mrs. Rathbone will be remembered as a devoted wife, a loving mother and grandmother.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Elbridge Rathbone, who passed away in 1987, one sister and three brothers.

Surviving are her daughters, Linda Rathbone Farmer, of Spartanburg, South Carolina, Shirley Rathbone Ramsey and Larry, of Marion, and Carolyn Rathbone Chapman, and Curtis, of Canton; a son, Leonard Rathbone, and Darlene, of Angier; grandchildren, Tracy Stroupe, Angela Ensley, Leslie Kazee, Ashley Braswell, Josie Sianez and Len Rathbone; and 10 great-grandchildren.

A graveside funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28,  at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery.  Pastor Steve Taylor will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 542 Iron Duff Road, Waynesville, NC 28785.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Rathbone family and words of comfort may be shared at

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