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Bessie Cornelia “Nelia” Dempsey Carhop

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By The Staff

Bessie Cornelia “Nelia” Dempsey, 62, of Steinhatchee, died at home on Sunday, March 21, 2010.  Born in Lake Park, Ga., Mrs. Dempsey moved, as a child to Live Oak.  

She worked at A&W Drive-in as a carhop for 15 years before joining Oxidental Chemical.  Retiring from Oxidental in 1990, she moved to Steinhatchee to fulfill her lifelong dream of hunting and fishing and made many, many friends, which became her extended family.

She is survived by her loyal pet and companion, Fred, who will be adopted by special friends Al and Pat Souther; brother, Roy (Glendora) Peterson of Live Oak; sisters, Beverlyn (Don) Hanson of Steinhatchee, and Gladys Owens of Live Oak; and many nieces and nephews.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Bertha Mae Dempsey, brothers, Ray Peterson and Lloyd Dempsey, Jr. and sister, Roberta Mitchell.

A memorial service will be held at the Steinhatchee Community Center on Friday, March 26,  at 11 a.m. with the Rev. George Hage officiating.


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