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Obituary: Louise Beggs Bland

July 23, 2014

Llifelong resident Louise Beggs Bland passed away surrounded by family on July 22, 2014 in Tallahassee.

Funeral services will be 11:00 Friday July 25, 2014 at Grace Presbyterian Church, Madison with burial at Old Oakland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 – 7 PM Thursday at Beggs Funeral Home. 

Born Oct 10, 1927, she was the youngest child of Stuart A. and Maggie Husbands Beggs, descendants of the pioneering families of Madison and Lowndes County, GA. She was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Richard E. “Ed” Bland, her four sisters, and two brothers.

She was baptized at Oakland Presbyterian Church, belonged to Madison Presbyterian Church, and was a founding member of Grace Presbyterian Church. Her faith guided her throughout a life exemplifying love and acceptance.

She was employed at Smith Drugs for more than forty years, where her advice to “be sweet” was as legendary as her pimiento cheese sandwiches. In later years, her warm smile brought comfort to many at Beggs Funeral Home. 

She never met a stranger, welcoming all to her home with gracious hospitality and hosting decades of Beggs and Bland family gatherings on her front porch. Few in Madison have been untouched by her generosity and fun-loving spirit.

She is survived by sons Richard E. “Dicky” Bland (Mary) of Madison, James T. Bland (Doreen) of Crawfordville, Nat H. Bland (Dorothy) of Madison, and Julian B. Bland (Paul) of Niceville, FL; grandchildren Amber B. Wilhoit (Richie) of Gainesville, James T. Bland II (Elizabeth) of Monticello, Daniel E. Bland (Kristen) of Tallahassee, and Allen H. Bland (Sabrina) of Chattanooga, TN; three great-grandchildren, three sisters-in-law, and numerous nieces, nephews, and their families.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Old Oakland Cemetery Association c/o Tim Sanders.

 

John Bullard

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