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Bessie Mae (Ketchum) McKnight

August 6, 1934 ~ April 4, 2020 (age 85)


Bessie Mae Ketchum McKnight was born August 6, 1934 in Luling, Texas. (Caldwell County) She was the ninth child to the union of the late Tyler Benjamin Ketchum and the late Bessie Littlefield Ketchum.

Bessie Mae accepted Christ at the age of eight years old at Shiloh Baptist Church in Kingsbury, Texas. Some years later her family moved to Seguin, Texas, where she became a member at Unity Baptist Church. Later in life, she moved her membership to Greater Second Baptist Church in Seguin, Texas.

Bessie Mae attended Lincoln Ball High School. She was an amazing left-handed basketball player from her freshman through junior year, her position was Forward, and her jersey was #12. She was Ball High School Homecoming "Duchess" in 1953, her junior year.

Bessie Mae enjoyed taking care of her Mother and Father as well as loving, caring, and raising her eight children and other family members. Bessie Mae enjoyed working at Nesbit Nursing Home in Seguin, Texas until she retired. After retirement, she continued caring and working private duty and enjoyed being a caregiver to the children of the family that she worked for in Seguin, San Antonio, and Gonzales, Texas.

Bessie Mae enjoyed being around family and friends, telling stories of her fondest memories of her childhood, and enjoyed cooking her specialties. Those included Sweet Potato Pies, Potato Salad, Turkey and Dressing, and much more. She also enjoyed talking on the phone. She was very friendly and easy going. She loved to dress, and she was a very hard worker.

She loved basketball. The Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs were her favorite teams. She loved singing old church hymns to family and reciting bible verses. She enjoyed singing nursery rhymes and playing basketball with her grandchildren.

Bessie Mae was an exceptional, strong, feisty, caring, and loving woman. She left a memorable lasting impression on all those she encountered.

Bessie Mae Ketchum was preceded in death by her father, Tyler Benjamin Ketchum, and her Mother, Bessie Ketchum, son, Larry McIntyre, brothers; MT Ketchum, Brady Ketchum, Frank Ketchum, and Henry B. Ketchum, sisters; Zonobia Kimble, Willie B. Green, Marie Taylor, Thelma Mann, and Tyler Mae Taylor. Great-grandchildren; Isaiah Francis, Ka'Rent McIntyre, and Jayeron Redix.

Left to cherish her memory is her sister Ernestine Ketchum Tanner of San Antonio, Texas.

She is survived by her seven children, Albert McIntyre Jr. of San Antonio, Quince McIntyre of Schertz, Carmel McIntyre Henderson of Universal City, Pamela McIntyre Walker of San Antonio, Louis McIntyre-Francis of San Antonio, Willie V. Francis of Seguin, and Linda A. Francis of Seguin.

She is survived by eighteen grandchildren, Christopher Douglas, Celeste Smith, LaKeitha McIntyre-Allen, Quinika McIntyre, Brittany McIntyre, Devon Redix, Porcha McIntyre-Jones, Stanton McIntyre, Joe Venson, Roslyn Venson-Fisher, Ernest Tealer, Andrina Francis, Anthony Francis, Denzel Francis, Larry Francis, Seneca Francis, Domingo Valdez and Logan Johnson.

She is survived by twenty-three great-grandchildren, Kiana and Shane Smith, Jaquarius Powell, Jordan Redix, Darrian, Kalisha, JayLun and Sydnei, McIntyre, Jamauri Palmer, Azryel, Ethan, Christian and Michael Venson, A'Niyah and Ra'mir Fisher, Gavyn Shields, Aaralyn "Cheenas" Valdez, Daveon Butler, Naveah and Azia Francis, Robert "R.J." Lewis.

Announcing one-great-grandbaby to be born in May, Isaiah Johnson

Survived by her two-great-great-grandchildren, Zileya and Kyree McIntyre.   

Serving as an Active Pallbear will be Willie V. Francis, Logan J. Johnson, Stanton C. McIntyre, Ernest C.L. Tealer, Domingo Valdez and Joe N. Venson. Honorary

Pallbears will be Daveon R. Butler, Denzel Francis, Larry Francis, Louise Francis-McIntyre, Albert McIntyre Jr., Quince McIntyre.

The family will be receiving condolences on Thursday April 30, 2020 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm at Palmer Mortuary located at 1116 N. Austin St., Seguin, Texas 78155.

Graveside Service is Friday May 1, 2020 at 2:00pm at Ebbon Cemetery 1115 Rolling Oaks Dr. Luling Texas, 78648.


All attendees are welcome, due to COVID19 gatherings must be limited to 10 people maximum and we encourage those attending to come by the funeral home to pay respects in a short fashion to allow others the opportunity to come by and support the family as well. The family is requesting those in attendance to wear a mask.


There will be a public memorial service for everyone to come together and support the family once restrictions are lifted and we will keep you updated with the time and date. 


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April 30, 2020

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Palmer Mortuary
1116 North Austin
Seguin, TX 78155

May 1, 2020

2:00 PM
Ebbon Cemetery
1115 Rolling Oaks Dr.
Luling, TX 78648

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