Mary Bragg

Mary Sue Bragg (Hess)

Friday, August 1st, 1941 - Tuesday, March 26th, 2019
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Mary Sue Hess Bragg, age 77, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. She was born on Friday, August 1, 1941, to the late Bennie and Zola Hess. She is celebrating a joyous reunion with the love of her life, Thomas "Buck" Bragg; their love was a love that lasted beyond a lifetime. Along with her parents, her brothers, June, James, Joe, and Connie Hess; her best friend, Ruby Dowdy; and great-granddaughter, Bridgett Compton all welcomed her to her heavenly home.
Left to treasure her precious memory are her daughters, Karen Phillips and husband, Lee and Lisa Hammes and husband, Jon; her beloved grandchildren, Kylen Kirkwood and wife, Trish, Danielle Kirkwood, Victoria Kirkwood, and Matthew Compton; her precious great-grandchildren, Bell, Haley, and Kennedy; brothers, Coy Hess and wife, Dean, Bill Hess and wife, Brenda, and Louis Hess and wife, Jan; sisters-in-law, Imogene Salyers and husband, Leonard, Sue Mutter and husband, Holly, Ida Bumgardner and husband, John, Rita Burks and husband, Robert, Betty Rasnick, and Wanda Hess; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service to celebrate her life will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2019, at the John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem, Va. with Rev. Dr. E. Wayne Sellers officiating. Family and friends will be serving as pallbearers. Burial will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park in Salem, Va.
Friends may visit with the family from 6 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, 2019, at the funeral home.
The family wishes to thank the caring and devoted staff at Our Lady of the Valley and Good Samaritan Hospice for their excellent care of their “Little Mama.”
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to The SW Virginia Wildlife Center: to ensure the continued care of her beloved birds.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, March 28th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, March 28th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, March 29th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Friday, March 29th, 2019 1:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Dr. E. Wayne Sellers
  • Interment

    Friday, March 29th, 2019 |
    Friday, March 29th, 2019
    Sherwood Memorial Park
    1250 East Main Street
    Salem, Virginia 24153
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James Bearden lll

Posted at 06:40am
I’m very sorry for your loss. 77 years old Is a lot of life experience to pass on to someone who needs it. Death is never easy no matter what age. No one in human history, who was in good health, wants to die. We all have a desire to live forever. God has instill that in our hearts. Isaiah 25:8 tells us that God will swallow up death and it will be no more. We all await that day.


Posted at 07:00am
I love you Mama.
A Mother’s Crown
Heaven lit up with a mighty presence
as the Angels all looked down –
Today the Lord was placing the jewels
into my Mother’s crown.
He held up a golden crown
as my darling Mother looked on –
He said in His gentle voice
I will now explain each one.
The first gem, He said, is a Ruby
and it’s for endurance alone –
For all the nights you waited up
for your children to come home.
For all the nights by their bedside
you stayed till the fever went down –
For nursing every little wound
I add this ruby to your crown.
An emerald, I’ll place by the ruby
for leading your child in the right way –
For teaching them the lessons,
that made them who they are today.
For always being right there
through all life’s important events –
I give you a sapphire stone
for the time and love you spent.
For untying the strings that held them
when they grew up and left home –
I give you this one for courage.
then the Lord added a garnet stone.
I’ll place a stone of amethyst, He said
for all the times you spent on your knees –
When you asked if I’d take care of your children
and then for having faith in Me.
I have a pearl for every little sacrifice
that you made without them knowing-
For all the times you went without
to keep them happy, healthy and growing.
And last of all I have a diamond
the greatest one of all –
For sharing unconditional love
whether they were big or small.
It was your love that helped them grow
feeling safe and happy and proud –
A love so strong and pure
it could shift the darkest cloud.
After the Lord placed the last jewel in
he said, Your crown is now complete –
You’ve earned your place in Heaven
with your children at your feet.

Darlene Hess Posted at 02:48pm

That was beautiful, Lisa always remember she will be watching after you, and her family, Mary Sue was a very special lady

James Bearden lll

Posted at 06:20am
Sorry for your loss. It seems like we loose more and more of our dear love ones everyday. When Jesus came to earth, he talked about his fathers kingdom and how when soon, Satan will be abyss and the wicked will be no more. When Satan is gone, death will be no more. Finally a clean, beautiful world with no pollution, sickness, death, watching our loved ones grow old and feeble, all will be gone. We need God’s kingdom as brought out in Matthew 6:9-10. Also we get to see our dear loved ones again who has gone to sleep in death. What a time it will be, a joyous celebration with our family with no more worries about losing them again. (Revelations 21:3,4)
Again I’m sorry for your loss.

Darlene Hess

Posted at 11:54pm
Its always hard when you lose a family member,my thoughts and prayers are with Karen + Lisa ,her grandchildren,and greatgrandchildren, her brothers

Thomas Widgeon

Posted at 06:15pm
Sorry For Your Loss
Jesus Christ Loves Me
We Love You

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