Bessie Williams

December 22, 1933 ~ January 5, 2024 (age 90) 90 Years Old

Bessie Williams Obituary

Bessie (Polk) Williams was born December 22, 1933, in Clarksdale, Mississippi to the late Mr. Elbert and Ozie Polk. She was the eldest of eleven children.   Bessie was proceeded in death by her sister Velma Warren, and brother Joshua Polk. 

Bessie relocated to Portland, Oregon in 1950.  She graduated from Girls Poly Tech High School.  She would later meet and marry Daniel C. (DC) Williams.  From that union three (3) children were born.  Chester Ray Williams, Christopher Williams, and Catherine (Williams) Rogers.  Bessie considered her family one of the most important things in her life.  Bessie was the Matriarch and queen of the Polk family; her word was gospel.  Bessie opened her home to her dad (Papa Polk), caring for him until his passing.  Bessie had a great sense of humor, she was meek and quiet; however, if you mistreated her children, you would encounter a quiet but deadly storm.  It was said that Bessie was at her children’s school more than they were.  The staff thought she worked there because she was there so much.  Bessie was never idol; she was a den mother for the Girls Scouts, she was part owner and cook for PSW Café on Williams Ave.  She was dedicated her career as a homemaker, along with working at St. Vincent Hospital and Lincoln High School.

Bessie gave her life to the Lord, as a young lady, and would attend the family churches.  Mt. Olivet, Williams Temple, and later Walker Temple.  She served as an usher, up until her passing.  However, Bessie served in whatever capacity needed as a faithful member. 

The bible describes our Mom, Sister, Auntie, Grandmom, Great-Grandmom, and friend in this way.  Proverbs 31:30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Proverbs 31:26 She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. Proverbs 14:1 The wisest of women builds her house, Proverbs 11:16 A gracious woman gets honor.

Fun Fact:  Bessie and Sadie made a 3 (three) Layer German Chocolate Cake, packed it in Tupperware, paper, Styrofoam, and marked it fragile.  They dropped it off at the post office addressed to Napoleon (Nat) all the way in Tallahassee, Florida.  That cake did not fall, or crumble.  This is one act of love (and there are plenty of others), that Bessie would do for her family. Bessie was also known for hanging out with “The Sisters”.  This often led to hours shopping, especially for antiques, which she loved to collect. 

Bessie is survived by her sisters Carrie (Polk) Kemp, Sadie L. (Polk) Weems, Nel (Polk) Boone, Avie (Polk) Moore, Katie M. (Polk) Booker, and brothers Elbert Jr. (Beatrice) Polk, Jerome (Brenda) Polk, and Yusuf (Me Me) Farrakhan.  She is also survived by her children Chester Ray, Christopher (Latonia) Williams, and Catherine (Joe) Rogers.  She also left to mourn her passing, her grandchildren Christopher Williams II, Darius Martin, and great-grandson Christopher Williams III (C3). Bessie also had many step-grandchildren, as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Bessie Williams, please visit our floral store.

Friends and family have shared their relationship to show their support.
How do you know Bessie Williams?
We are sorry for your loss.
Help others honor Bessie's memory.


Public Viewing
January 25, 2024

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Terry Family Funeral Home
2337 N. Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227

Funeral Service
January 26, 2024

11:00 AM
Walker Temple Church of God in Christ
5023 N Michigan Ave.
Portland, OR 97217


© 2024 Terry Family Funeral Home. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS & TA | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Accessibility