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Beverly Sue(Southard)Reed

Beverly Sue (Southard)Reed

Wisdom she imparted to her children:

Put God first. Enjoy and make the most of your time. Be thankful for what you have been given. Be kind to others.

Beverly Sue Southard Reed died on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at Baptist Health in Little Rock. AR. Her graveside service will be held Monday, March 2, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Owens Chapel Cemetery in Mena, AR with Dr. Randy Urwiller officiating with arrangements by Beasley Wood Funeral Home.

Beverly was born on May 23, 1942 in Story, AR to James and Evelyn Southard. She graduated from Mena High School in the spring of 1960 and married Oscar “OJ” Reed on October 29, 1960 in Heavener, Oklahoma. Together she and OJ raised three children.  She was a member of the United Church of God, meeting with the congregation in Queen City, TX.

She was a skilled quilter, who also enjoyed scrapbooking, crochet, knitting, playing cards and, most of all, spending time with her family.

Beverly is remembered by family and friends as a thoughtful, kind woman who touched the lives of so many with her beautiful smile and caring heart. Her strength was a testament of her faith in God.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, James and Evelyn (Stephens) Southard; her sister, VaRue (Southard) Schofield Wheaton; and her son in law, Curtis A. Hayes.

She is survived by: her husband, Oscar “OJ” Reed of Lockesburg, AR; daughter, Pamela (Reed) Prather and husband Chris Prather of Tatum, TX; son, Thomas Reed and wife Bonne (Barfield) of Big Sandy, TX; daughter Cheryl Jo (Reed) Hayes of Whitewright, TX; grandchildren, Erin (Prather) Loewe and husband Jason, Daniel Prather, Dustan Prather, Trevor Reed and wife Alaina (Cox), Savanna (Reed) Stanford and husband Joshua, Hanna Reed, Dalton Hayes, and Reagan Hayes; great-grandchildren, Cadence Loewe, Kennon Loewe, and Adelaide Reed; siblings, Joe Southard and wife Carol (Wright) of Mooringsport, LA; Sarah (Southard) Curry and husband Buck Titsworth of Mena, AR; and, numerous family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a donation the Beverly’s name to Arkansas Children’s Hospital.   

Pallbearers will be Dalton Hayes, Dustan Prather, Wes Kimp, James Curry, Jared Curry, Tommy Smith and Stanley Beaver.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” II Timothy 1:7

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.  Against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

Beasley-Wood Funeral Home 611 Janssen Ave. Mena, Arkansas 71953 Ph# 479-394-1310

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