Beatrice Myers
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Beatrice Myers
  • November 22, 1918 - November 19, 2017
  • Ridgeland, Mississippi

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Beatrice Wilbanks Myers, known as Bea by friends and as Nana by her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren, died November 19, 2017, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland, MS. It is fitting that she, like her husband Charles, passed away on a Sunday, the day they had faithfully served the Lord in ministry for over seven decades of their lives. She was born to D.P. and Myrtle Puett Wilbanks on November 22, 1918, in Beaumont, Texas. The family moved to Paint Rock, Texas, when Bea was an infant, and she spent her entire childhood there, finishing as class valedictorian at Paint Rock High School, at age 16. From an early age, she had a definite interest in music, beginning with piano lessons, and started serving as her church pianist when she was twelve years old. That love of music was a constant all her life.

After graduation, Bea attended Baylor University, where she earned the Bachelor of Arts degree. While there she met her future husband, Charles Edward Myers, Th.D. They became friends while working with the Baptist Student Union on campus, while Charles served as its president and she as its organist. She played for the weekly Baptist Religious Hour during her entire college career. Upon graduation she returned to Paint Rock where she taught school briefly. She and Charles then married in 1942. Her marriage lasted 71 years until Charles’ death in 2013.

Bea liked the role of a pastor’s wife. She was Charles’ helpmeet in all of the churches he pastored: the FBCs in Sulphur, OK, McKinney, TX, McAlester, OK, and Alta Woods Baptist in Jackson, MS. She was active in each church’s WMU, taught ladies’ Sunday School classes, and served as church organist at times. She especially enjoyed hosting in their home the pastors, missionaries and other guests who spoke in the churches. Her life touched many friends in each place of service. Some have often said that she was the perfect pastor’s wife.

After their retirement, Charles and Bea found great satisfaction in serving as interim pastor of eight Baptist churches in Mississippi and twice in Germany. Their last place of service was at the Orchard Retirement Home in Ridgeland, where Charles organized and conducted Sunday worship and Bible studies on a volunteer basis, and she served as pianist.

Bea especially enjoyed her role as a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She is survived by her daughter, Martha Sellers, and her husband, Ron, of Pearl, MS. Her grandchildren include Scott (Susan) Sellers of Mountain Brook, AL; Susan (Tom) Perkins of Northport, AL; Stephen (Della) Sellers of Madison, MS; Melissa Sellers of Jackson, MS. Bea’s great-grandchildren are Reed and Ryan Perkins and Eli, Ethan, Ward, and Lane Sellers. It was a joy for Bea to babysit with the four grandchildren and then with the six great-grandsons, and felt blessed for the privilege of living nearby them and sharing good times with each one as they grew. She was proud of their academic, athletic, and social achievements. And in return, she blessed each of their lives with her love, grace, faith, wisdom, and kindness.

Visitation for Bea will be at Alta Woods Baptist Church in Jackson MS, from 9:30-11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, followed by a memorial worship service at 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary. Entombment will follow at Lakewood Memorial Park on Clinton Boulevard.

Memorials may be made to the Mr. and Mrs. D.P. Wilbanks Memorial Scholarship at Baylor University, Waco, TX. Contact Rona McKinney at Rona_McKinney@baylor.edu or http://www.baylor.edu/SOE/scholarship.

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