|Birth: ||May 15, 1917|
Van Buren County
|Death: ||Mar. 11, 2012|
St. Francis County
Elizabeth Bernadine Payne Beasley was born May 15, 1917, in Scotland, Arkansas to Van Buren County educator and sheriff Samuel Arthur Payne and Elizabeth Sims Dodson Payne. Family lore holds that her Dodson ancestors were early settlers in James Town, Virginia, in the 1600s, having established one of the earliest plantations there. Her Payne ancestors were Scots Highlanders, having become ship carpenters in Liverpool, England, and subsequently emigrating to the Carolinas. In the great migrations westward that followed, both groups of ancestors settleed in the foothills of the Arkansas Ozarks.
Her parents migrated to eastern Arkansas in 1924, arriving at night, on a steam train, to the bustling town of Hughes. She attended elementary grades in Hughes.
She was graduated from Hulbert High School in West Memphis as a violin prodigy. She was graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Arts in Business. During her entire undergraduate years, she served as Concert Mistress of the University Symphony Orchestra. Her future husband, Vance E. Beasley, with whom she was already acquainted from the Hughes area, was also attending. They both were graduated in 1939. 'Miss Bernadine' married 'Mr. Vance' in November of 1939 and the settled in southwest Arkansas where both began their teaching careers, serving for many years in the community of Laneburg, in Nevada County.
She taught while raising her family, Bess Beasley (John Sid) Fogg of Heth, Jobelle Beasley Johnston of Heth, Sam (Debi) Beasley of Dallas, all of whom are graduates of the University of Arkansas and all of whom survive.
In 1956 'Miss Bernadine' and 'Mr. Vance' moved the family to Heth, Arkansas, where she continued her teaching career in Language Arts, at Hughes, while he engaged in farming with his late father, C.J. Beasley and his late brother, Harry E. Beasley. 'Miss Bernadine' earned her Master of Language Arts degree from Henderson State College in the summer of 1957. 'Miss Bernadine' retired from teaching in the mid-1980s.
Bernadine Payne Beasley was preceded in death by her parents, by a sister, Danna Payne Moss, a brother, Bryan Payne, a niece Elizabeth Moss Johnston, nephews Samme Payne and Jimmy Payne, and a cousin, Ed Dodson.
She is survived by three granddaughters, seven great grandsons, and many, many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In her retirement, 'Miss Bernadine' was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, the St. Francis County Home Extension Club, the United Methodist Women of Hughes, and the Hughes Town and Country Garden Club, in which she attained the Circle of Roses. Throughout her retirement years she continued to receive pleasant greetings and expressions of endearing regard from her former students, who themselves have taken their places of responsibility in life, many of whom remain in the community of Hughes to the present.
Samuel Arthur Payne (1882 - 1948)
Elizabeth Sims Payne (1876 - 1954)
Forrest Park Cemetery
St. Francis County
Created by: Jan Beasley
Record added: Mar 17, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 86914299
R & S Fine
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