ODESSA - Bessie Rae Bownds, age 90, of Odessa, passed away, Thursday, October 13, 2016 at Parks Methodist. She was born March 8, 1926 in Silver, Texas to her parents, Joe and Nellie Greebon Rudder. She married Ira Elton Bownds on August 8, 1945 in Lamesa, Texas. She was a homemaker and a longtime member of 1st Church of God. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother and a faithful friend. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her 4 brothers, M.D., Ben, Joe and Earl Rudder, and her 2 sisters, Frances Harmon and Emma Barnard, and a grandchild, Robert C Thornhill. Bessie is survived by: her daughters, Gwen Brumm of Tow, TX, Barbara Woodard of Gardendale and Karen Thornhill of Odessa, her son, Jimmy Bownds of Plano, her brother in law, Edward Bownds, 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Family visitation will be Sunday, from 6-8pm at Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be the grandsons, Lee Brumm, David Brumm, Donald Woodard, Preston Thornhill, Nicodemus Bownds, and James Bownds. Honorary Pallbearers are Dax Woodard and Jerry Courtney. Funeral Services will be 10:00 am, Monday, October 17, 2016 at St James Missionary Baptist Church, 2212 E. 11th St. with Rev Wally Schiwart officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
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