Published: August 2, 2021

Bessie Lee Crane Speakman, age 95, of Lawrenceburg, TN passed away Saturday, July 31, 2021, at her residence.  She was a native of the Brace Community, retired from Senior Volunteer Program, former Rosie the Riveter, and a member of Brace Baptist Church. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Burl Watson and Effie Lee Ingram Crane; her husband, Francis Marion Speakman; two sisters, Pauline Richards and Effie Higdon; and one brother, Alton Crane.
She is survived by two daughters, Vanessa Gaye Speakman Dassing of Lawrenceburg, TN and Fran Spence of Dyersburg, TN; six grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are being handled by Neal Funeral Home, 231 N. Military Avenue, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Tuesday, August 03, 2021, at Neal Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be conducted at Neal Funeral Home at 3:00 PM Tuesday, August 03, 2021, with Carlos Casteel and Lanier Nail officiating.  Interment will follow at John Lay Cemetery in Ethridge, TN.  The family suggests memorials be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or the Alzheimer's Association.  Condolences may be sent by way of our website at