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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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“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 »
1 of 8 | 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 ”
2 of 8 | Posted by: H.T. Palmer - Charleston, SC

“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 »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Linda (Boswell) Daube - Sterling, VA

“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 »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Sherelyn(Allen) Cureton - Pelion, 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 »
5 of 8 | 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 »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Jim and Joanne Jeffers - 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 »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Brad Chastain - Seneca, SC

“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. ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: Shea Gibson - Mt. Pleasant, 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.