May 5, 1924 ~ October 21, 2021

Born in: Rockport, KY
Resided in: Owensboro, KY

Bessie Lynn Hunley, 97, of Owensboro formerly of Hartford passed away October 21, 2021 at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. She was born May 5, 1924 to Norton Guess and Carrie Russell Hunley. Bessie worked for Ohio County Health Department for 46 years as the clerk. She was a member of Hartford United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Ohio County Hospital Auxiliary, and had served on the Ohio County Board of Health. Bessie was known as a most Godly woman. She read the Bible daily. She loved Jesus and people. Bessie was genuinely blessed with the gift of laughter. She truly touched everyone she met. God’s love radiated from her like a shining star as she was a beautiful example of unconditional love.

Bessie is preceded in death by her parents, Norton Guess and Carrie Russell Hunley; brothers, Porter and Neil Hunley; niece, Ruth Ann Hale; and best friends, Dorothy Samuels and Doris Bennett.

She is survived by nephews, John (Katrina) Hunley of Owensboro and Lynn Hunley of South Carolina; niece, Nancy (Greg) Chase of Lexington; close cousin, Rachel Russell of Louisville; along with lots of other relatives and friends.

Services will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, October 29, 2021 at Miller Schapmire Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday, October 29, 2021from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Miller Schapmire Funeral Home.

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Visitation: October 29, 2021 10:00 am - October 29, 2021 1:00 pm

Miller Schapmire Funeral Home
114 West Walnut Street
Hartford, KY 42347

Funeral: October 29, 2021 1:00 pm

Miller Schapmire Funeral Home
114 West Walnut Street
Hartford, KY 42347

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  1. I have known Miss Hunley for several years. Had the pleasure of doing her taxes. Would go pick them up and then deliver them when I was finished. It was always a pleasure to visit with her. We both loved to talk and were loyal UK Basketball fans. Her smile was her signature. You could look in the dictionary under “Lady” and you would find a picture of Miss Bessie Hunley. Prayers to Mr. and Mrs. John Hunley and family.

  2. John and Katrina, it was a pleasure to get to meet Bessie. I know that she was a truly special person who must have touched and inspired so many lives. I am very sorry for your loss. God bless you and the family.

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