Bessie Strand


Mrs. Bessie B. Strand, 78, of Temple Hills, Md., formerly of the Shore, went to be with Jesus on Thursday, March 16, 2023, at her residence.

Born in Onancock, Bessie was the first child of Elizabeth and Milton Budd.

After graduating from Mary N. Smith High School in 1961, Bessie continued her education by enrolling at Virginia State College in Petersburg, Va.

She was a faithful member of Bethel A.M.E. Church in Onancock. 

In 1965, Bessie married the love of her life, Preston Strand Jr. She also worked for AT&T for more than 30 years. She was quickly promoted to a new position where she used her extraordinary teaching skills to train new operators.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 25, 2023, at the Chapel of Cooper & Humbles Funeral Co., Accomac, with the Rev. Billy Ray Hunter officiating. Interment was in the Fairview Lawn Cemetery in Onancock.

Cherishing fond memories of Bessie until our reunion in heaven are her beloved aunt and second mother, Martina Beckett; brothers-in-law, Vernon L. “Duke” Williams, Herbert Strand, Carey Strand (Sophronia), David Strand (Kade), Lawrence Strand (Cassandra), Tyrone Strand (Virginia), and Derwin Strand; sisters-in-law, Barbara Hoy (Thomas), Barbara Strand, Bertie Strand, and Raenelle Humbles Zapata; special friends, Mary Bagwell and Michelle Reid; special neighbors, Delores Heyward and Barbara Brooks; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Arrangements were by the Cooper & Humbles Funeral Co., Accomac.

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