Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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November 11, 2012

Bessie Mae Higginbotham Teats

NARROWS, Va. — Bessie Mae Higginbotham Teats, 69, of Narrows, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, November 9th, 2012 at Riverview Nursing and Rehabilitation in Rich Creek.

She was born in Norfolk, Virginia on February 7th, 1943 and was the daughter of Mahala Baker Higginbotham and the late Marshall Chapman Higginbotham. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Dana Teats Waldron; and a brother, Marshall Higginbotham.

A former nurse’s aid for Giles Memorial Hospital in Pearisburg, Bessie was a gifted quilter, making many baby quilts. She was a faithful member of Faith Temple Pentecostal Holiness Church in Pearisburg. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, she will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 48 years, Frederick E. Teats of Narrows; a son, Freddy Teats and wife Sherry of Ripplemead; six grandsons, Michael Waldron, Dustin Waldron, Josh Waldron and wife Shaina, Chase Teats, John Teats, and Trent Teats; two sisters, Barbara Nunes and husband Vasco of Narrows, Linda Hardy and husband Tim of Dallas, Texas; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many special friends.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Riffe’s Funeral Service in Narrows. Burial will follow in Birchlawn Burial Park in Pearisburg.

The family will receive friends at Riffe’s Funeral Service Monday from 6 to 8 p.m.

The family requests that those sending memorial contributions, please consider either East Chapel Community Church or the First Church of God in Rich Creek.

The family is being served by Riffe’s Funeral Service in Narrows, (540) 726-2442, and online at

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