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Elizabeth Wilson Beasley, 94

Mrs. Elizabeth Wilson Beasley, age 94 of Dixon Springs died at 8:20 p.m. Saturday evening, September 6, 2008 at the Beasley Family Farm on Dixon Springs Circle with her loving family and longtime friend and special caregiver, Lucille Woodmore Williams at her bedside. Mrs. Beasley was active throughout her life in church, school, community and civic organizations.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday morning, September 9 at 11 a.m. from the Carthage United Methodist Church with her Pastor, Bro. Jerry Wallace officiating. Burial followed in the Beasley Family Plot in Dixon Springs Cemetery.

Born Margaret Elizabeth Wilson in the Rock City Community on June 20, 1914, she was the only daughter and one of four children of the late Curry Matthew and Alma Norris Wilson.

A brother, Norris Cordell Wilson preceded her in death.

She was married to Lewis Cass “Bo Daddy” Beasley Sr. of Dixon Spring on May 24, 1933. He preceded her in death on November 6, 1982 at the age of 75 after almost fifty years of marriage.

A daughter, Mary Elizabeth “Mary Beth” Beasley Enoch preceded her in death on March 1, 2002. A grandson, Trey Parker and his wife, Pam Duncan Parker also preceded her in death as did a great-grandson, Wilson Holt Enoch.

She was a cornerstone of her family and the Dixon Springs Community. Her home was the center of many family gatherings and she served Sunday lunch every week and hosted holiday meals for a large number of family and friends for over fifty years.

From United States Senators to farmhands, everyone always received a warm welcome and bountiful meal at Elizabeth Beasley’s table.

Mrs. Beasley was a former Smith County Trustee having been elected to the office in 1960. She was the first woman elected to this position in Smith County.

She graduated at the age of 16 as the Valedictorian of the 1931 Class at Carthage High School w here she was also elected the first Future Farmers of America Sweetheart.

A longtime Smith and Trousdale County educator, she taught many years on a teacher’s certificate, attended Cumberland University in Lebanon and graduated in 1973 from the Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She taught at schools in Cato, Pleasant Shade and Carthage.

She was past president and an active member of the Caney Fork Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Smith County Historical and Genealogical Society.

Mrs. Beasley was a member of the Carthage United Methodist Church.

Perhaps the greatest gift Elizabeth and Lewis Beasley gave to the community and people of Smith and Trousdale County was the establishment of the Dixon Springs Cemetery as a perpetual care cemetery. In 1955 the Beasleys opened a new section and placed the original cemetery, along with the new, under the umbrella of perpetual care. Because of their dedication and efforts over 3100 people are buried at Dixon Springs Cemetery.

Survivors include her three children, Alma Katherine Beasley Parker and husband Etherage Johnson Parker of Hartsville, Lewis Cass Beasley, Jr. and wife Carol Langford Beasley of Hartsville, Thomas Wilson Beasley and wife Wendy Williams Beasley of Burns; two brothers, James Curry Wilson of Columbia, South Carolina, Will Nathan Wilson of Memphis; her eleven grandchildren who loved her as “Deeba”, Paul Wesley Enoch Jr., Melissa Iris Beasley Wooten, Thomas Norris Enoch, Elizabeth Anne Parker Harper, Mary Margaret Beasley Dixon, Elizabeth Beasley Enoch Moore, Mary Amanda Enoch Hilburn, Lewis Cass Beasley III, John Etherage Beasley, Matthew Lewis Beasley, and Kirstin Anne Beasley; twenty great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made in Mrs. Beasley’s memory to the Carthage United Methodist Church.