Bessie Lucille Mayes
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Bessie Lucille Allen Mayes, 94, originally from Kannapolis, N.C., passed away Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014.

She was the daughter of the late James Leroy Allen and Bessie Kirksey Allen. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John Wallace Mayes; and son, James Lamont Mayes.

She was a member of Second Presbyterian Church in Kannapolis.

"Mama Cille" retired from Cannon Mills in 1986 and moved to Cleveland to reside with her daughter and her family in 1991. In 1992, she started working as a hostess at Hardee’s and retired from that position in 2002.

In 2003, she volunteered for three years at Valley View Elementary School, assisting with grades K-5 in the cafeteria where she exemplified the positive traits the school valued. The mayors of Bradley County and Cleveland proclaimed March 18, 2005 as "Lucille Mayes Day." She was honored as "Queen for the Day" at a reception held at the school with hugs, cards, and pictures from the students and teachers. The children affectionately called her "Grandmaw."

Survivors include her daughter, Toni Swink and her husband, Kenneth, of Cleveland; seven grandchildren, including Tricia Albritton and husband, Christopher; great-grandchildren: Christopher Albritton II and Michael Albritton and Kenneth Swink II, both of Cleveland, Daniel Swink and wife, Candace, of Tunnel Hill, Ga., Tracie Stewart and husband, Brian, of Greenville, S.C., Joci Griffith and husband, Mark, of Marietta, Ga., James Lamont Mayes III and wife, Valynda, of Alexandria, Va., and Elizabeth Ellen Mayes of Rock Hill, S.C.; six other great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the chapel of Lady's Funeral Home, Kannapolis, N.C. with the Rev. Brian Stewart officiating.

The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m.

Interment will follow in Carolina Memorial Park.

Arrangements are by Companion Funeral Home, Cleveland, and Lady's funeral Home, 268 N. Cannon Blvd., Kannapolis NC 28083.

You are invited to share a personal memory of "Mama Cille" or your condolences with her family at her online memorial located at