Sarah Mae Ings Bess was born on November 9, 1935 in Chesterfield County. She was the loving daughter of the late Robert and Beatrice Cosom Ings, Sr. She received her education in the public schools in the area and graduated from Butler High School. She was employed with Roller Bearing Corporation for 31 years until retirement. Sarah was also a member of St. John United Methodist Church and Order of the Eastern Star Lodge # 56.
Surviving to cherish her memories are five children, Willie Bess-Thornwell of Indian Land, SC, Rufus (Sonya) Bess of Eden Prairie, MN, Janice (Ray) Robinson of Evans, GA, Larry (Lisa) Bess and Elisa both of Hartsville, SC; Step-children, Willie Mae & George Cannon; Two brothers, Billy (Marilyn) Ings of Maryland and Bobby Ings of New Jersey; Two sister-in-laws, Athella Peoples of Darlington, SC and Estelle Johnson of Hartsville, SC; Nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews and other close relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Rufus Bess, Sr. and her siblings, Mary Lois Brown, Lille Mae Phillips, Bernethia
Lawrence, Hattie Mae Blakney, Gerthenia Ings, Doris Jordan,
Bill McClain, Robert Ings, Jr., John Ings and Lonnie Ings.