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Melvin E. Bessinger
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  • The Citadel Brigadier Foundation, Inc.
    171 Moultrie Street
    Charelston, SC 29409

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“Dear David and all of Melvin's family, we just learned of Melvin's death yesterday. So sorry to hear. You all mean very,, very much to us, and we...Read More »
1 of 47 | Posted by: W. Arthur Earp, Sr. - Boomer, NC

“He will be miss! I worked on James island at Melvin's and savannah hwy.with for Mr. Bessinger! Great person and man ! Jay Game ”
2 of 47 | Posted by: Jay Game - Charleston, SC

“Robert and Family,Please accept our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your loved one. Your family is in our thoughts and in our prayers. May you...Read More »
3 of 47 | Posted by: Mayor Blackwell and City Council - SC

“David, I know Brice will miss her grandfather very much. Please know that Daniel (her O'Quinn buddy from the 3's) is thinking of her. I also want you...Read More »
4 of 47 | Posted by: Cynthia Nirenblatt - Charleston, SC

“David, A good man is gone but not forgotten. Our prayers are for you and your family . Remember the good time, every day. htp ”
5 of 47 | Posted by: H.T. Palmer - Charleston, SC

“my sympathy and prayers are with the bessnger family. thank you for creating a good company with good food. ”
6 of 47 | Posted by: ann peters - mt. pleasant, SC

“Love and prayers for your precious family. ”
7 of 47 | Posted by: Edie Arrowood - Gainesville, GA

“We are all so saddened for your loss. We will certainly miss Melvin, he was such a wonderful man. My brother Greg and I will never forget our...Read More »
8 of 47 | Posted by: Linda (Boswell) Daube - Sterling, VA

“My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. ”
9 of 47 | Posted by: Inger Jones - North Charleston, SC

“To a great man and Bar-B-Q Legend. Thank you for your service to your country. You will be missed. My condolences to the Bessinger family. ”
10 of 47 | Posted by: James Burgis - McClellanville, SC

“Mr. Bessinger served as an example for all of us in how to love your family, serve your country, serve your community and be an example of how to run...Read More »
11 of 47 | Posted by: The McSwains - Atlanta, GA

“David,My condolences to you and your family on your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
12 of 47 | Posted by: Burt Roth - Ridgeville, SC

“My mother Shirley Allen(Faciane) was a waitress at Piggy Park on Rivers Avenue in North Chas along with my brother Wade who cooked there. Those were...Read More »
13 of 47 | Posted by: Sherelyn(Allen) Cureton - Pelion, SC

“God bless the Bessinger family while they grieve for their lost loved one. ”
14 of 47 | Posted by: A friend

“It's difficult at such a time to find words to say.... I am so sorry for your loss and will keep you close in my thoughts during this time. ”
15 of 47 | Posted by: Jennie Hunter Snouck-Hurgronje - SC

“David, so sorry for your loss. May the Lord be with your family at this time.Cindy Ferguson Jones ”
16 of 47 | Posted by: A friend

“Sad to see a brave veteran and very good man gone. My sincere condolences to all family members. ”
17 of 47 | Posted by: Richard Crank - Moncks Corner, SC

“Dear Aunt Betty, David and Stephanie, My heart and prayers go out to each of you at this time. I loved Uncle Melvin with all my heart and will miss...Read More »
18 of 47 | Posted by: Joy Roberts - Winston, OR - Niece

“We are saddened about Mr. Melvin's passing. He was my Sunday School Teacher in Holly Hill when I was a child. I have not seen him since the 90's. ...Read More »
19 of 47 | Posted by: Jim and Joanne Jeffers - SC

“David, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
20 of 47 | Posted by: Cathy Swink - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“May God be with each of you during this most difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and may God give you strength and comfort in your...Read More »
21 of 47 | Posted by: Diann Stillinger - Orangeburg, SC

“David sorry to hear of your father's passing. My thoughts and prayer are with you and your family. ”
22 of 47 | Posted by: Charlene Leon - Lake Wylie, SC

“RIP Melvin~~Me and my family worked for Melvin..He was also a good friend, and he will be missed greatly...Love and Prayers to the family.. ”
23 of 47 | Posted by: A friend

“Sorry about your lost....May God wrap His arms around you all.....I knew the Bessinger family when they lived in Holly Hill....Macurice and I are...Read More »
24 of 47 | Posted by: Marian Peele - St. George, SC

“David, I was so sorry to hear about your Dad. He was a great man and a greater father. Tell your mom and sister that Sharon and I are praying for...Read More »
25 of 47 | Posted by: Brad Chastain - Seneca, SC

“David, Miss Betty and family, We were so sorry to hear about Mr. Melvin. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers as you go through...Read More »
26 of 47 | Posted by: Leah Barron - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“Thanks to the Bessinger family for making Charleston a better place to live. Thanks for serving our country and believing in God, Me and family are...Read More »
27 of 47 | Posted by: Kathy Thompson - Jamestown, SC

“Dear Williams and Bessinger family,I am so sorry for your loss. I know he was a great man through knowing all of you. We are praying for you during...Read More »
28 of 47 | Posted by: Lisa Ralston - Gainesville, GA

“Prayers and thoughts go to the family and loved ones...thank you Melvin, for all you have given to us over the many many years. Rest in peace. ”
29 of 47 | Posted by: Shea Gibson - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“Our condolences to the family on your loss. A true South Carolinian knows about Bessinger and all he stood for. Thank you Mr. Bessinger for a...Read More »
30 of 47 | Posted by: Blairs - Ridgeville, SC

“A great man. Husband, father, patriot, warrior. I can say that I am glad to have known him. Always enjoyed talking with him when he came to visit you...Read More »
31 of 47 | Posted by: Jimmy Barron - Mount Pleasant, SC

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to friends and family of Melvin. He was a sweet, honest, kind man that brought joy to everyone's life he came in...Read More »
32 of 47 | Posted by: Old South Barber Spa - Charleston, SC

“I thank Mr Bessinger for all he has done for the community. He always had clean business and believed in the right things. ”
33 of 47 | Posted by: Sally Mims - Charleston, SC

“So sorry to hear of his passing. I didn't have the privilege of knowing him, but, being a Mt. Pleasant native living elsewhere, Melvin's is the...Read More »
34 of 47 | Posted by: Debbie Sanders-Garland - TN

“My condolences go out to the Bessinger family. Rest in the knowledge that Mr. Melvin is with our Father in Heaven. Bonnie Bryant, Clarksville,...Read More »
35 of 47 | Posted by: A friend

“God bless you sir and thank you for your service to our country. A brave man indeed. Your legacy will live on. My family has dinner at Melvin's...Read More »
36 of 47 | Posted by: Larry Locklair - Fredericksburg, VA

“Dear David, So sorrow for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this time. ”
37 of 47 | Posted by: Terry Clarkin - Johns Island, SC

“We are so sorry to hear of your loss. May God give you strength to endure this passing of a sweet man. ”
38 of 47 | Posted by: Bill, Theresa, Dorothea Dinius - SC

“May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. ”
39 of 47 | Posted by: Rik Fogle - Charleston, SC

“My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Ive known Melvin most of my life. The Bessinger family is an extension of the strickland family as we...Read More »
40 of 47 | Posted by: Lori Strickland/Flood - SC

“My prayers and condolences to the family and loved ones during this time. Thank you Melvin for all the hard work and giving to the community over the...Read More »
41 of 47 | Posted by: Shea Gibson - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“sorry for your loss and may his memories live on-enjoyed my very first job working for him and for 5 years- ”
42 of 47 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear David and Family, I am sorry to hear of your loss.I hope that all of your memories help you through these difficult times.You will all be in...Read More »
43 of 47 | Posted by: Jim Hayes - Johns Island, SC

“To the Bessinger Family: Deepest condolences to all of you. Mr. Bessinger was a Legend in Charleston along with his brothers and families but my...Read More »
44 of 47 | Posted by: Kathryn Cox - Charleston, SC

“Dearest Betty, My heart hurts for you, but you know where Melvin is...he's with his Father in Heaven. Rest in the Lord's arms, sweet Betty. I have...Read More »
45 of 47 | Posted by: Sandy Weeks - Charleston, SC

“The finest barbeque ever tasted. Our prayers and thoughts are with the entire family. ”
46 of 47 | Posted by: Mary & Ron Kizer - Fayetteville, NC

“To the Bessiinger family my prayers go to one and all.Your patriarch was a strong man.Rejoicein his strenth. Carry on. God walks with us all. ”
47 of 47 | Posted by: Aaron Alonzo - Wigfall, SC


Melvin E. Bessinger, 89, of Charleston, South Carolina, husband of Betty Prine Bessinger entered into eternal rest Monday, October 22, 2012. His Funeral Service will be held Thursday, October 25, 2012 in The Summerall Chapel, The Citadel at 2:00 p.m. Interment, Live Oak Memorial Gardens . The family will receive friends Wednesday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in J. HENRY STUHR, INC., DOWNTOWN CHAPEL.

Melvin was born August 16, 1923 in Orangeburg, South Carolina, son of Joe Jacob Bessinger and Genora Thomas Bessinger. He was the co-founder of Joe's Diner in Holly Hill, co-founder of Piggy Park Drive-Ins, co-founder of Bessingers Bar-B-Q and Founder and CEO of Melvin's Legendary Bar-B-Q. Melvin was a WWII Veteran who served in the U.S. Army during the Invasion of Normandy, D-Day 2 where he was a part of the Battle of Saint Lo. He was a POW and successfully escaped captivity and was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. Melvin graduated from the Citadel in 1951 and was a member of East Cooper Baptist Church and a member of the Exchange Club of Charleston.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years; son: Melvin David Bessinger of Mount Pleasant, SC; daughter: Stephanie B.Williams and her husband Terry of Gainesville, GA; six grandchildren: Graham, Nathan, Reagan, Leita, Hannah Williams, and Brice Bessinger; sister: Betty B. Roberts of North Charleston, SC; three brothers: Maurice Bessinger of Columbia, SC, Thomas E. Bessinger of Charleston, SC and Robert Bessinger of Hanahan, SC. He was predeceased by four brothers:Burness, Woodrow, Joe David and Hoyt Bessinger; two sisters: Delene B. Barnes and Louise B. Boals.

Memorials may be made to The Citadel Brigadier Foundation, Inc., 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409.