Rosa Tarver Beard
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Retired Educator/Youth and Community Leader LITHONIA, Ga. - Mrs. Rosa T. Beard, long time Augusta resident, transitioned to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 9th, 2010 at Dekalb Medical at Hillandale. Her life will be celebrated in a memorial service at Antioch Baptist Church, 1454 Florence Street, this evening from 6:00-8:00pm. Funeral services will be conducted at Paine College Chapel on Saturday, December 18, 2010 at 11:00a.m.with Rev. Dr. Kenneth B. Martin, officiating. Internment will follow at Walker Memorial Park. The remains will lie in state at the Chapel from 10:00a.m.until the hour of service. Mrs. Beard received her formal education at Steed Street School (now Collins Elementary), Paine High School, Paine College, and Columbia University. Her career as an educator spanned 41 years, beginning at Bettis Academy and Junior College in Trenton, SC, then in Augusta with C. T. Walker Elementary, A. R. Johnson Junior High School, and T. W. Josey High School. She also pioneered leadership of a summer program for high school students at the Medical College of Georgia in the early 1970s. In 1958, she organized The Rocket Club with male and female students interested in aeronautics and space study, which followed to T. W. Josey. She was the founder of the Rosa T. Beard Debutante Club sponsored by the Augusta Adult Society in 1963, where her legacy continues in grooming high school girls for adult society. Mrs. Beard poured herself into her students as a teacher and mentor who maintained lifetime relationships of love and friendship. She diligently served at Antioch Baptist Church for some 50 years, participating in several choirs, as a Sunday School teacher, missionary, and Trustee. Some of her community involvement over the years included lifetime membership in the Paine College Alumni Association, founding member of the Shiloh Comprehensive Community Center Board of Directors, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority - Augusta Alumnae Chapter, lifetime membership in the N.A.A.C.P., and supporting concerns to bless people. Mrs. Beard was preceeded in death by her parents, Gartrell and Ollie Tarver; her beloved husband, Ernest Beard; a half sister, Evie Lou Hamilton; adopted sister, Catherine Long; and her grandson Ernest Derrick, with whom she had a special bond. Left to cherish her memory are her four children: Rosa (Herman) Lind, Ellenwood, GA, Kathryn (Ashley) Willis, Lithonia, GA, Ernest Eric (Patricia) Beard, Cocoa, FL, and Cheryl J. Beard, Memphis, TN; sisters, Mrs. Louise Tarver Jackson, Raleigh, NC and Novella Wright, Cleveland, OH; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; an aunt and aunt-in-law; and a wealth of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, students, and colleagues to treasurer her legacy. **The family requests that in lieu of flowers, Mrs. Beard's memory be honored by gifts to Paine College-Rosa T. Beard Scholarship Fund, 1235 15th Street, Augusta, GA 30901; and the Rosa T. Beard Debutante House, P. O. Box 1825, Augusta, GA 30903. Friends may contact the family at (706) 724-7219 or contact W. H. Mays Mortuary, 1221 James Brown Boulevard, Augusta, GA 30901, (706) 722-6401.


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Published in The Augusta Chronicle from Dec. 15 to Dec. 17, 2010.
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December 22, 2010
Mrs. Beard will me missed so much, such a inspiration to everyone she met. She was one of my teachers at T.W. Josey High School and I was a debutante in 1972. God Bless The Beard Family
Beverly Barnes Thomas
December 20, 2010
It was truly a blessing to have been mentored by Mrs Beard, her legacy shall live on through the many who crossed her path. A kind inspirational and virtuous woman she was indeed. Thank you for grooming me to become the woman that I am today. Your unselfish efforts will NEVER be forgotten. The Augusta Adult Society has lost a veteran who loved leading young ladies by teaching them the importance of being a woman. Rest In Peace Mrs Beard...you have been an Angel for us all.

Prudence Y. (Beard) Ingram, 1978 Debutante
December 18, 2010
It is my prayer that God will take care of the Beard family during this time of sorrow. Mrs. Beard was a wonderful lady and a great inspiration to many. I hope that you will have peace in knowing that she is with our Lord and Savior.

Claudette Jackson Palmer, Ed.D
1976 Deb
December 18, 2010
I sadden to hear the news of the passing of Mrs. Rosa T. Beard. I wish to send my prayers to her family.
Natalie C. Dunn
December 18, 2010
Kind, caring, loving, sincere, inspirational, educator ...I can go on and on about Ms. Beard. Her earthly presence will be missed. But her spirit will dwell in many. RIP Mr. Beard... you are truly a LEGEND.
JOHNNIE PHILLIPS-BOYD
December 18, 2010
My sincere condolesences and sympathy to the Beard Family. She was my former teacher and debutante advisor (1966). We need more people like her. I am so Blessed to have known her and been a part of my life.
Lucille Travis-Brown
December 18, 2010
Your mother gave me the gift of chemistry that propelled my education to the Ph.D. level, shaped my career and taught me as a debutante how to be an articulate, graceful woman. Her legacy lives through me and everyone whose life she touched.
Bridgette L. Gomillion Williams, Ph.D.
December 17, 2010
As a former student of Mrs. Beard, I remember how professional, loving and firm she was with her students. If you had the pleasure of knowing her, you would never forget her.
I want to say thank you Soror for your dedication, superb leadership and everlasting legacy. Well done. We will miss you.
Jeanette Bell
December 17, 2010
Linda Dudley-Norman
December 17, 2010
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Johnny & Clara Nailor
December 17, 2010
To the Beard Family:

As the mother of a 2008 Deb I would like to first thank God and then thank you for Ms. Beard and all she did and the giving of her time to make sure that young ladies had what it took to become a lady of today. Keep the candle going with the club and your mom will live on.
Pam Crawford
December 17, 2010
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Beverly Brown-Robinson
December 17, 2010
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow. Mrs. Beard was a wonderful mentor and friend and she will never be forgotten. God Bless

1984 Debutante
Kimberly Terry
December 16, 2010
Mrs. Rosa T. Beard
A Beautiful Rose from God's Garden picked to make a Beautiful Floral arrangement in Gods Holy Place, RIP Mrs. Beard
Darius Collins
December 16, 2010
We are saddened to hear about the homegoing of Auntie Rosa. We pray that the God of all comfort will fill you with His grace, compassion, and healing
Regina , Kenneth McAllister
December 16, 2010
Another great pioneer has gone home to heaven and will truly be missed by us all.I, am a former Debutante of 1987. I first met Mrs. Beard when I joined the Augusta Adult Society as a sub debutante. I did not have the privilege of her teaching me, but she taught my aunts and uncles. Mrs. Beard was a caring, loving and nice person. We called each other on the phone and talked and I have visited with her since 1991. She was an inspiration to me and gave me good advice. I pray that the family knows that their loss is our loss and that she was a blessing to the community. I thank God for giving me the opportunity of knowing Mrs. Rosa T. Beard and I hope the Rosa T. Beard Society will continue on with her legacy. God bless the family and give them strength during this difficult time
Jo Ester Hicks White
December 16, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Louis & Hazel Ellis
December 16, 2010
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Rosie Thigpen
December 16, 2010
To the Beard family;

As a former deb and a member of Delta Sigma Theta inc. I contribtue all my lady like quality to my soro Mrs. Rosa Beard. She was a loving and caring person to all who past her way. I will alway's remember the outstanding work she help with student at T. W. Josey High School.

Lisa Givens
Atlanta,Ga
Lisa Givens
December 16, 2010
To My Family and Aunt Rosa's Family
Mom (Myra Stublefield)and Aunt Rosa are together again and I hope that brings you some comfort. Time will heal the wounds of a lost love one. God will bring you peace in time. Love you. Toki Stublefield-Huff and Tonika Huff
December 16, 2010
To the Family,
As a former debutante and T.W. Josey student I was especially sadden to hear of the passsing of Mrs. Beard. She was a lady with a mission. It was indeed a priviledge to have known her. May God continue to hold you all during this time and the days to come.
Katrina Dooley
December 16, 2010
To My Family and Aunt Rosa's Family
Mom (Myra Stublefield)and Aunt Rosa are together again and I hope that brings you some comfort. Time will heal the wounds of a lost love one. God will bring you peace in time. Love you. Toki Stublefield-Huff and Tonika Huff
Toki Huff
December 16, 2010
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Dora Augustus and Monikia Augustus Spearman
December 15, 2010
To the Family:
As a former deb and a member of the Augusta Adult Society, I am truly sadden by our lost. Mrs. Beard was a great inspiration to me and so many others and we are all so blessed to have known her. Thank you for sharing her with us!
M. Nanette Barnes
December 15, 2010
To the Beard Family,
Mrs.Beard was loved by many. I graduated from T.W.Josey and Mrs.Beard was a teacher at Josey during my tenure.Her legacy lives on in you, and the many people she has helped along the way. We love her, but God loves her best.

Vernell West-Dent & Family
Vernell West-Dent
December 15, 2010
To the Beard Family, I regret your loss,
Barbara Hopkins of Phia, Annie Blaylock McManus Niece.
Barbara Hopkins
December 15, 2010
Mrs Rosa T. Beard, I Annie (Blaylock ) McManus, regret your lost you have been an inspiration to me since 1943, when I was in 8th grade, your inspiration stayed with me through out all these years., You were my play mother and I always called you Moma Rosa. We shared so many occassions together, verbally and in writing you will be sadly missed, but through God you will always be with me. Thank God for you, you will always be my Moma Rosa, and I will always cherish sweet memories of you.
Annie B. Mcmanus
December 15, 2010
We have lost a great legend. Mrs. Beard was a true inspiration to us all. The years that we spent with her at A.R. Johnson were great. She believed in us, made the necessary sacrifices for us, and gave us strict loving guidances that have lasted a lifetime.
Thank you God for sending us an angel by the name Mrs. Rosa T. Beard.
Mrs. Valorie Tillman Davis
December 15, 2010
Thank you for making me the woman I am today. You will be greatly misses .... Kathi Coleman, Augusta,GA
kathi coleman
December 15, 2010
Another pioneer has gone to Heaven. Mrs. Beard will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Mrs. Beard cared for our young ladies in this area and made sure that they caried themselves as young ladies.
I pray that the family will know how much she meant to this community.
Your lost is our lost; your pain is our pain. Know that she is with our Heavenly Father.
Mary Stallings Clarke
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