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Mattie Elizabeth "Lib" Beauford Besinger
Mattie Elizabeth Beauford Besinger, widow of William Earle Besinger, passed away Tuesday, September 30, 2008. She was a long time resident of Abbeville, living 70 years on Mill Street, currently residing at Abbeville Nursing Home.
Born in Troy, SC, December 8, 1911, she was the last surviving child of Lemuel Oliver and Mattie Elizabeth Horne Beauford. Her brothers were Charlie, Buck and Jack. The sisters were Evie Hall, Lenora Drennan, Ruth Beauford and Louise Roddy.
She was a graduate of John De la Howe in McCormick, SC and John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. After working 20 years in Abbeville Mills, she decided to return to college and completed her teaching degree at Erskine College. She really enjoyed teaching school and retired from the Greenwood County School system after 20 years of teaching. In 1972 she was chosen Teacher of the Year. While working in the mill, she took a home nursing course from the Chicago School of Nursing and helped with the sick in the community. Many times she served as a midwife to the doctors. For 10 or 15 years she gave Insulin shots every day to a neighbor. Helping people was her greatest joy. She was instrumental in starting "Helping Hands" in Abbeville. For 50 years she wrote
"Lib's Locals" for the Press and Banner. She thoroughly enjoyed working with the "Sisters of the Swish" during the Bi-Centennial. Many years she was active in The Pilot Club, where she served as President and in many other offices. In 1968 she was selected as the "Woman of the Year" and in Christmas of 1994 the star on the "Lights of Love" tree was dedicated to her. In 1994 she was honored by the Governor of S.C. with one of the highest awards for her volunteer work, "The Order of The Palmetto". Very few people receive this award. She was a member and past president of the Abbeville Mental Health Association. It gave her much pleasure to plan parties and events for the consumers. She always thanked
God for giving her the ability and health to help others and how she did love that. For 25 years she was a member of the Secession Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy .It was her dream to organize a new chapter and
train others to carry on our heritage. This dream became reality in 1992 when the Mary Stark Davis Chapter #2573 was organized in Abbeville with 16 new members, with her serving as President of the Chapter. She was also a member and helped organize the Division Granddaughters. All of her accomplishments in the UDC made her worthy of the highest award given "The Winnie Davis Medal". At the time of her death she was Honorary President of the South Carolina Division of The UDC. Since the time she married her husband Willie Besinger she was a member of Grace United Methodist Church where she served faithfully as a Sunday School Teacher, MYF Leader, Lay Speaker, UMW Leader, Choir Member and almost every office in her church. She was even known to preach at times. Paul, the apostle was one of her favorites and she said as he said "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course and I have kept the faith".
Survivors include her loving daughter, Beth Besinger Burnett and her husband Dan Burnett of Monroe, GA. Grandchildren: Danette Burnett Burson and husband Mark of Lawrenceville, GA, Theresa Burnett Edwards and husband Ken of Social Circle, GA, and Jim Burnett and his wife Alice also of Lawrenceville, GA. Great-grandchildren: Jacob Burson, Jennie Nichols, Kent Edwards, Luke Edwards, JEB Edwards, Marianna Burnett, Natalie Walden, and Rachel Gardner. Great-great grandchildren: Brady, Brooke, Brielle Burson, Lana Nichols, Hailey and Michael Walden, several nieces, nephews, cousins, special friend Susie New, and also a favorite niece, Billie Brown.
The family will receive visitors at the Chandler Jackson Funeral Home on Friday evening, October 3, 2008 from 5:00 to 8:00. Services will be held Saturday, October 4, 2008 at 11:30 in the Chandler Chapel, officiated by Rev. Eddie Taylor. The burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, Abbeville.
Pallbearers will be grandson, Jimmy Burnett; great-grandsons, Jacob Burson, Kent Edwards, Luke Edwards, JEB Edwards; and friend, Casey Smith.
In lieu of flowers, Memorials made be made to Grace Methodist Church P O Box 1007 Abbeville, SC 29620 or Friends of Trinity PO Box 911 Abbeville, SC 29620.
VisitationChandler-Jackson Funeral Home
208 South Main Street
Abbeville, SC 29620
Friday, October 3, 2008
ServiceChandler Chapel, Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home
208 South Main Street
Abbeville, SC 29620
Saturday, October 4, 2008
IntermentForest Lawn Memory Gardens
2699 Highway 72
Abbeville , SC 29620
Beth, Dan and Family: I was so sorry to learn of your loss. I loved Elizabeth. I shall never forget the beautiful card and note that you sent to Leesa and me when we lost our Mother. Elizabeth lived a long, wonderful, christian life and was a friend to everyone that knew her. She will be greatly missed. If I can do anything for you, or your family please let me know. Sincerely, Cheryl Finley-McCrimmon
Cheryl Finley-McCrimmon Oct 14 2008 12:00 AM
Beth...I am sure that you probably don't remember me...my sister, Myra, sent me the notice of "Miss Elizabeth" I lived right up the street from Mr. Willie and Miss Elizabeth...it brought back lots of memories...the apple trees in your backyard and even the horse that Mr. Ebb Christian had in the pasture behind their house...I remember your mother's pansies that she had in the frontyard and I used to look at them and want some just like them...I remember seeing her car drive down Mill Street when she came home...and, I remember Mr. Willie in his garage...take care....Danny Ouzts
Danny Ouzts Oct 8 2008 12:00 AM
Dear Beth, Your Mom lived a wonderful life and you took great care of her these last years. Remember Love lives on...even after the heartbeat is gone..It cannot rust or turn to stone....Life may end but LOVE lives on. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Give my love to Dan and your family. Love, Deb Hazen
Deb Hazen Oct 5 2008 12:00 AM
Beth & family, I just know that "Mrs. Elizabeth" (as we called her) is basking in the sunshine of her heavenly home. After such a wonderful number of years---how can we do anything but rejoice knowing she is wrapped in our loving Father's arms, Love Rachael
Racahel Manley Blackburn Oct 5 2008 12:00 AM
Beth - I am a former student of your mothers' and just wanted to let you know what a difference she made in the lives of so many children. Her kind words to me and her encouragement meant so much to this shy boy who sat at the back of the class. She lives on in the many people her life touched. Peace and prayers to you and your family at this time.
John Reid Oct 5 2008 12:00 AM
Beth, I know how special your mother was and I know you will miss her always. Please just remember she is in a better place and you will see her again. I miss seeing you and my Atlanta Friends one day I would love to come up and visit all of you. I am so jelous of your grand and great grand children. Love Debbie
Debbie Jones Oct 4 2008 12:00 AM
Beth, your mother was such a dear person. She taught at Brewer in the classroom next door to me when I was a first year teacher. I remember her as a wealth of experience, wisdom, and energy. I have thought about her often over the years. Fondly, Kathy Kincaid
Kathy E. Kincaid Oct 3 2008 12:00 AM
Beth: Sandy & I are so sorry to hear about your mom. She was a fine lady, and I always enjoyed talking with her in years pass when we were in Abbeville visiting mother. I count it a priviledge to have called she & your dad my friend. Our prayers are with you and all the family during this time. James Marvin iThess 4:13-18
James Marvin & Sandy Williams Oct 1 2008 12:00 AM
Beth, your mother led a long and productive life. May she rest in peace. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Shirley F. Shamel Oct 1 2008 12:00 AM