STEPHENVILLE - Bee Bentley, Jr., 86, died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007, at Mulberry Manor Nursing Home in Stephenville.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007, at the Stephenville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial to follow at Mount Olive Cemetery in Stephenville. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. this evening at the Stephenville Funeral Home.

Bee was born Sept. 24, 1921, in Stephenville to the late Bee and Andre Howell Bentley. Bee was a life long resident of Stephenville, a member of the New Bethel C.M.E. Church and a member of the American Legion. He served in the US Army during World War II. Bee was the Cook at TSU, and a volunteer crossing guard at Gilbert Intermediate School. He also was the owner of Bee's Shoe Shine Parlor for many years.

He is survived by three daughters, Shirley Thomason of Arlington; Judy Turner of Indiana; and Doris Martin of North Carolina; a sister Odell Phillips of Stephenville; a brother, William Bentley of Portland, OR; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

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Published Nov. 7, 2007

Stephenville Empire-Tribune