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Beth Ballew Beasley passed away peacefully, with her daughters present and went to be with her Lord and Savior on November 29, 2016 at the age of 91. Funeral services will be held at 1 o'clock in the afternoon Friday, December 2nd at First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville. Reverend Doug Wintermute and Reverend Jack Albright will officiate. She will be laid to rest at Resthaven Memorial Park. Services are under the direction of Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville.
Visitation will begin on Thursday, December 1, 2016 and friends are cordially invited to visit with Beth's family from 5 to 7 o'clock in the evening at Autry Funeral Home.
She was born in Frankston, Texas to J.H. and Alta Collie. She moved to Jacksonville at 18 to begin work. She married Forrest J. (Jim) Ballew on December 14, 1946 and had two daughters, June Pruett and Linda De Forke. Her whole life revolved around her family. She was a stay at home mother for many years. She was an excellent homemaker, wife and mother to her children, who have wonderful memories of their childhood. She later worked at a variety of companies, including Nichols Industries and Rusk State Hospital, where she retired as a Therapist II Technician.
She lost her first husband in 1973. She married John Beasley, a childhood friend, December 31, 1975 after being reunited at a Homecoming celebration in Frankston. After retiring, they enjoyed traveling and went on many vacations and church trips. She was widowed again in 1999.
She was an excellent cook, as many friends and family well know, with her coconut and chocolate pies being some of their favorite desserts. She loved to work in her yard, always trying to obtain different and unusual flowers and bulbs. Her yard was worthy of Southern Living Magazine. She took pride in mowing and weed eating her ¾ acre yard until she was in her eighties. Decorating her home was another enjoyment, as well as crafts, sewing, ceramics and many other creative activities. She used to love to travel with groups.
Church was a top priority in her life, and she always tried to be a faithful servant. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, where she was a very active member when her health allowed. She loved singing in the choir, was in charge of Hospitality of the Alpha Omega Sunday School class for several years, and served on committees and in other capacities. She even helped plant shrubs and plants when the church completed their new building.
Preceding her in death were her parents; brothers, John Collie and Oliver Collie; and a sister, Ann Garner. Left to cherish her memory are daughters, June Pruett and husband James, and Linda De Forke; a sister, Margaret Hightower; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be James Hightower, Kevin Hightower, Danny Clark, Jeff Clark, Mike Clark and Mark Collie.
The family would like to extend special thanks to those at Senior Care of Jacksonville and Heart to Heart Hospice for the loving care they provided.
Published on November 30, 2016
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