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Bessie Wood Ferrell

September 8, 1920 — December 7, 2022

Bessie Wood Ferrell

Bessie Wood Ferrell of South Boston, VA passed away December 7, 2022.  She was born in Halifax County, VA on September 8, 1920 and was 102 years of age.  She was the daughter of the late Bird Wood and the late Rosa Jackson Wood.  She was married to the late Henry Lee Ferrell.


She was a member of Berry Hill Baptist Church where she was the oldest member and sang in the Senior Choir.  Bessie enjoyed cooking for her family and adored her children.  She will be remembered in love by all who knew her.


Bessie Wood Ferrell is survived by:

Two Daughters

Frances Ferrell Rufus of South Boston

Katherine Powell Heller (John) of Atlanta, GA

Five Sons

Harvey Ferrell (Sally Raye) of South Boston

Tommy Ferrell (Eleanor) of South Boston

James Ferrell (Gertrude) of South Boston

Benjamin Ferrell (Carolyn) of South Boston

Wayne Powell (Junko) of Detroit, MI


Easter Ferrell

Three Nephews

Jimmy E. Wood, Alfred D. Wood (Linda) and George Wood

One Niece

Thelma Wood Dean (William)

Twenty-Five Grandchildren

Numerous Great Grandchildren

Host of extended family and friends


***Preceded in death by***

Two Sons

Henry Ferrell and Harry Ferrell


Frances Wood, Lois Wood Jennings, George Wood, and Alfred Wood


A funeral service will be held Monday, December 12, 2022 at 2:00 P.M. at Powell Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Nelson Stamps officiating. Burial to follow in Berry Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.


The family will receive friends Monday, one hour prior to the service at Powell Funeral Home.


For memorials, please consider a charity of your choice.


Online condolences may be directed to


Arrangements entrusted to Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 1603 Wilborn Ave., South Boston, VA 24592.  


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Monday, December 12, 2022

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