Beatrice Allegra Pounds Bradley
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Funeral services will be held February 15, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Hathorn Funeral Home in Columbia, MS for Beatrice Pounds Bradley, age 95. She will be buried in the John Ford Cemetery on Hwy. 13, south of Columbia. Visitation will be 9:30 a.m. Friday until service time.
Beatrice (Bea) Bradley was born in Bellefontaine, MS, a small community in Webster County. She attended Eupora High School.
From an early age, she wanted to be a school teacher. Pursuit of this goal was very difficult in the WWII period. But with the shortage of teachers, due to the war effort, she was able to secure an elementary school teacher position with only one semester of college credit. She continued her college education in the summer months. Over a period of years, Bea attended Wood Jr. College, Delta State, Holmes Jr. College, the University of Oregon, and the University of Southern Mississippi.
Bea loved teaching and seeing students grow in knowledge. She was active in local, state, and national education organizations and achieved leadership roles in most of them. She served as President of MEA (Mississippi Education Assoc.) in 1971. On one occasion, she addressed the Mississippi Legislature on behalf of teachers and students.
One of her passions was assisting high school students in obtaining college scholarships.
Bea and B.B. Bradley (deceased) were married in 1953. They were members of the First United Methodist Church in Columbia, MS.
Bea is survived by one son, James (Jimmy) Hardy, his wife Carolyn Webb Hardy, two grandchildren, Clifton Bret Hardy, Stacy Elizabeth Leicht, and four great grandchildren, Jacob Hardy, Tyler Hardy, Kelsey Leicht, and Zachary Leicht. She is also survived by her brother, Robby Pounds.
Bea is deceased, but her students, friends, and family remember her well.
Memorials may be made to: Palmer Home for Children, Box 746, Columbus, MS 39703.
Published in the Hattiesburg American on Feb. 14, 2013