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Obituary: Bessie J. England, Columbus

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Bessie J. England, 81, of Lucas Way, died at 2:55 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility.

Bessie attended Jewell Village Separate Baptist Church.

Funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday at Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home with the Rev. Wes Jones officiating. Calling will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and two hours prior to the service Thursday. Burial will be at Garland Brook Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

Born in Metcalfe County, KY, Dec. 7, 1931, Mrs. England was the daughter of Lee Walker England and Lillie Mae Jessie England. She married Carlton England, June 30, 1951. He preceded her in death  Dec. 25, 2010.

Survivors include a son, Ron (Patty) England, Columbus, IN; a daughter, Kathy (Duane) Knapp, Columbus, IN; grandchildren, Michelle Kelsay, Melissa Spears, Kevin England, Doug England, Steven England and Jessica England; 10 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and sisters, Flossie Chaney, Horse Cave, KY, and Caroline Poynter, Horse Cave, KY.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a grandson, David England; brothers, Charles England, Frankie England and Phillip England; and sisters, Gladys Poynter and Pernie Fancher.

You may view her video tribute after 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, light a virtual candle and send a message to the family via the Internet at

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