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Laura Opal "Big Mama" Beckham Couch Wilson
Birth: May 9, 1899
Smiths Grove
Warren County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Feb. 17, 1977
Brownwood
Brown County
Texas, USA

Laura Opal Beckham, daughter of Tol Gatewood Beckham and Mary Helen Alabama Hallmark, married Jacob Eugene Couch March 28, 1917 in Brown County, Texas. She was my grandmother - and to me, she was "Big Mama".

After Gene's death, she married Joe D. Wilson in 1962.

1900 Brown Co., TX, ED 8, Sh 3B: Tol Beckham, Nov 1870, KY, 29; Mary, July 1878, TX, 21; May, June 1895, TX, 4; Opal, May 1899, TX, 1.

1910 Brown Co., TX, ED 103, Sh 1A: Tol G. Beckham, 39, KY; Mary Helen, 31, TX; Nannie May, 14, TX; Laura Opal, 10, TX; Mildred Jewel, 8, TX; Lillie Marie, 4, TX; Otis Wayne, 2, TX.

1920 Brown Co., TX, ED 11, Sh 4B: Eugene Couch, 27, TX; Opal, 20, KY; Katherine, 11/12 F, TX.

1930 Brown Co., TX, ED 15, Sh 10B: Eugene Couch, 37, TX; Opal, 30, KY; Catherine, 11, TX; Emogene, 9, TX; Anita, 6, TX.

1940 Brown Co., TX: J. Eugene Couch, 47, TX; OIpal, 47, TX; Iris E., 18, TX; Norma A., 16, TX

BROWNWOOD - Mrs. Joe (Opal Couch) Wilson, 77 of Brownwood died at 10:20 a.m. Sunday at a local nursing home following a lengthy illness. Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday at the Davis-Morris Funeral home Chapel.

The Rev. W.M. McCluskey will officiate. Burial will be in the Zephyr Cemetery.

Born 9 May 1899 in Smith Grove, Ky., she was a homemaker and a member of the Methodist church. She married Joe Wilson Nov. 7, 1962, in Goldthwaite. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include three daughters, Katherine Cornelius and Emogene Curry, both of Brownwood, and Anita Beaty of Hull; three sisters, Mildred Woods of Comanche, Hilma Beckham of Brownwood and Cledah Zell of Zephyr; a brother, Rudolph Beckham of Hurst; six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Tol Gatewood Beckham (1870 - 1954)
  Mary Helen Alabama Hallmark Beckham (1878 - 1969)
 
 Spouses:
  Joe D. Wilson (1904 - 1965)
  Jacob Eugene Couch (1892 - 1958)*
 
 Children:
  Katherine Marie Couch Cornelius (1919 - 2011)*
  Iris Emogene Couch Curry (1921 - 2006)*
  Norma Anita Couch Beaty (1924 - 2013)*
 
 Siblings:
  Nannie Mae Beckham Williams (1895 - 1975)*
  Laura Opal Beckham Couch Wilson (1899 - 1977)
  Mildred Jewel Beckham Woods (1902 - 1986)*
  Curtis Lee Beckham (1904 - 1905)*
  Lillie Marie Beckham Westbrook (1906 - 1939)*
  Otis Wayne Beckham (1907 - 1928)*
  William Homer Beckham (1910 - 1944)*
  Tol G Beckham (1914 - 1914)*
  Mary Lou Beckham (1915 - 1915)*
  Hilma Louise Beckham Davis (1916 - 1977)*
  Cledah Zell Beckham Cornelius (1919 - 1993)*
  Gerald Rudolph Beckham (1921 - 1991)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Zephyr Cemetery
Zephyr
Brown County
Texas, USA
 
Maintained by: Eugene Cornelius
Originally Created by: Johnny Egger
Record added: Sep 10, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9442408
Laura Opal Big Mama <i>Beckham</i> Couch Wilson
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Laura Opal Big Mama <i>Beckham</i> Couch Wilson
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Laura Opal Big Mama <i>Beckham</i> Couch Wilson
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