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1940s - Bess Funeral Home, 1326 N. W. 7th Avenue, Miami
1940's Courtesy of Daniel Worth

1940's - Bess Funeral Home, 1326 N. W. 7th Avenue, Miami

Miami, Florida

Thank you to Daniel Worth for contributing this old image.

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Tom Merchant 07-Mar-2014 05:50
I would like to know if anyone knows what the current status of the Bess Memorial Mortuary/Funeral Home on 36th Street is. I wondered if it was vacant by chance and could be purchased or rented and used as a residence. I would like to see it once again. I am looking for a closed former Funeral Home property in Miami, such Bess Memorial on 36th Street.
Daniel Worth 16-Jan-2014 02:52
I think that, unlike most of the old and long gone firms in Miami, Bess and maybe Combs records are on micro film at the Dada County Library. It seems to me that I heard many years ago that the collection of records from these 2 firms were donated to the library. The reference desk would be a good place to start.
Bethany 02-Dec-2013 17:36
Tammy did you ever get an answer to your question? I am also looking for records from this Funeral Home. Anyone have suggestions?
Tammy 02-Mar-2013 04:29
I was hoping someone could point me in the right direction. William Cook was view there. Is there somewhere that I find his record of burial. I called the cemetery the obit says he was buried in and they have no record of him. Any suggestions?

Guest 11-Dec-2012 15:23
Thomas E Merchant
Thomas E. Merchant 24-Apr-2012 21:22
I worked at Bess Memorial @ 1900 NW 36th Street in Miami. I went to Maimi-Dade, Jr. College, North and lived upstairs of the Funeral Home and worked the night shift while attending Miami-Dade's Mortuary Program. I am from Pennsylvnia. I enjoyed my time there. The last I heard when I last visited Miami was that the Funeral Home was no longer in business. That the IRS had came in on Ken Bess and things were sold. I was on board when Ken purhcased the Combs Funeral Home. I assisted in that period of time. I lived at Comb's certain days of the week and other days at Bess Memorial on 36th Street. I even purchased the 1970 Chevy Impala that Ken acquired with the purchase of the Comb's Funeral Home. Ken at that time had just opened the Miami Shore location. I even from time to time lived at the Miami Lakes locations. I went where I was needed. However, my main place of residency was 36th Street. I was not aware that Ken had passed away. I sure miss that place. I think of it often. I just graduated high school back then. I am now 60 years old.
jjbaron 20-Apr-2011 23:41
I am looking for family of Reid H. Lowe born 6-18-22
Lived at 15902 Kilmarnock Drive Miami Lakes, FL.
I have a historical document of interest for you.
Please send me a email note
JJ Baron
Art Funk 07-May-2010 20:30
The senior Mr. Bess died in 1954 if my sources are correct. That was when it was re-named Bess Memorial Funeral Home. His son Kenny and I were in Uncle Jimmy Hudson's homeroom at Miami Edison (c/o '59) and my recollection is that upon graduation Kenny became president of the funeral home. Kenny died quite young in 1997.
kinseeker26-Apr-2010 21:17
By the 1960s it became known as Bess Memorial Mortuary. Gerald Galbreath was one of the morticians during this time. When my grandfather died in 1962 Bess' ambulance responded and they took him away for embalming and shipment back to Missouri for burial.
Manocarz 10-Oct-2009 09:45
It is nice to hear from you Judy Lowe. I was wondering if Mr. Bess is still alive. I was hoping that more of the decendants of the old funeral families from Miami would write in with some of the history of the firms and possibly contribute some photo's of the old funeral homes to Don Boyd for this site. I have been collecting old Miami area funeral memoribilia for many years since I was raised in Hialeah. I later went on to practice in funeral service out of Miami until I retired. I sent this and most of the other pictures to Don from my collection. He has graciously posted them on this site. Do you have any other postcard photos or other photos of Bess, or Reid Lowe, or Lowe-Hanks Funeral Homes? Anyway, it is so good to hear from you. Thank you.
Judy Lowe 29-Sep-2009 15:18
This was my Great Uncle, Kenneth B Bess' Funeral Home. I lived in the building next to The Funeral Home from 1946-1951. My Father worked at the Funeral Home, Reid H Lowe