Mary Alice Ezell Beauchamp

Published 10:36 am Friday, June 10, 2016

Mary Alice Ezell Beauchamp
June 8, 2016
Mary Alice Ezell Beauchamp, 76, of Camilla, went to be with Jesus on
Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at Plantation Manor in Thomasville.
Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 11, at First Baptist
Church in Camilla with Rev. Chad Boyd and Rev. Neal Hager officiating.
Her granddaughter, Madison Toole, will deliver the eulogy. Interment will
follow at 3 p.m. at the Pine Forest Baptist Church Cemetery in
Active pallbearers will be grandsons Chad Shiver, Blake Shiver, and Zach
Toole; son-in-law Jeff Toole; Tommie Howell, and Randy Covington.
Honorary pallbearers will be the members of Pebble City Baptist Church.
Born March 9, 1940 in Decatur County, Mrs. Beauchamp was the daughter of
the late David C. Ezell and Ruby Giannars Ezell. She graduated from Climax
High School in 1958 where she was the Captain of the Girls’ basketball
team that advanced to the state playoffs. During high school she was also
a member of the Beta Club, class officer and ran on the track team.
Following high school Mary attended Norman College where she excelled in
her studies, gaining membership into the Phi Theta Kappa Society and was
Editor of the yearbook, “The Norman Lite.” While at Norman College, Mary
met and later married her husband of 52 years, Joe Beauchamp. She
graduated from Norman College in 1960 at the top of her class.
In 1963, Mary became a pastor’s wife. She embraced this role and was
always actively involved in her husband’s ministry. “Miss Mary” as she was
affectionately known, worked with Women’s and Children’s ministries,which
included directing WMU, teaching Sunday School, leading mission studies
and more.
Their ministry spanned from Virginia to North Carolina to Georgia.
Mary welcomed motherhood in 1965 with the birth of daughter Faith Lyn and
again in 1967 with the birth of daughter Hope Ann. She was a loving and
supportive mother and encouraged her daughters to first live for Jesus
and second graduate from college.
Following her career as a stay-at-home mom, Mary went to work at
Bainbridge High School in 1977. “Mary B” worked with Bainbridge High
School for 33 years as the Registrar and with Student Information Systems.
She retired in 2010.
Mrs. Beauchamp enjoyed reading her Bible, spending time with family,
gardening, and playing the piano. Her favorite expression was, “Jesus
loves you and so do I!” She was a member of Pebble City Baptist Church and
was affiliated with Camilla First Baptist Church.  She was preceded in
death by a brother, David C. Ezell, Jr.
Survivors include her husband, Dr. Joseph R. Beauchamp of Camilla; two
daughters, Faith Shiver of Thomasville and Hope Toole & husband Jeff of
Bainbridge; four grandchildren, Chad Shiver of Nashville, Tenn., Blake Shiver
of Colorado Springs, Colo., Zach Toole of Bainbridge, and Madison Toole of
Bainbridge; three sisters, Dorothy Ezell of Bainbridge, Shirley Story and
husband Bill of Bainbridge, Carolyn Elliott and husband Don of Bainbridge;
one sister-in-law, Grace Ezell of Bainbridge; two brothers-in-law; Lofton
Beauchamp & wife Margaret of Lake View, NC and James Beauchamp & wife
Jackie of Dalzell, SC; as well as several nieces and a nephews.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 10 at Parker-Bramlett
Funeral Home in Camilla.
Parker-Bramlett Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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