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Smith Beard , Evelyn Francis -

Jackson - Evelyn Francis Smith Beard passed away in Tullahoma, TN on Sunday, June 14, at the home of her daughter after a sixteen year bout with Alzheimer?s. Evelyn was born in Jackson, TN on September 13, 1921 to the late Andrew Jefferson and Willie Beatrice Bingham Smith. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years Earl Heywood Beard; two brothers, Andrew Marion Smith and Jerry Neal Smith. Evelyn leaves behind two daughters Francis (Winfred) Johnson of Tullahoma and Joy (John) Eshleman of Worden, MT; a son David (Helen) Beard of Ridgecrest, CA; a brother John William (Wynell) Smith and a sister Mildred Pauline Smith all of Jackson, TN; eight grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren, forty-one great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. She was loved and adored by all and will be very much missed. After her oldest child was born, the family moved to Las Vegas where she and her husband ran a shoe repair business until 1955. Evelyn was very active in community activities and did a lot of volunteer work. She found it a privilege to help those in need and to work with children that were handicapped or had Downs Syndrome. She was well respected by many in the community. In 2000, Earl suffered a heart attack and several strokes causing the family to move to Worden, MT to live with her daughter Joy. After Earl died in 2003, Evelyn came to Tullahoma to live with her daughter Fran. The family requests memorials be made to the Alzheimer?s Association or to the First Baptist Tullahoma building fund. Visitation with the family will be Saturday from 9:00 am until the time of funeral services beginning at 10:30 at the First Baptist Church in Tullahoma with Rev. Jason Sargent and Dr. J. Herbert Hester officiating. Mrs. Beard will be entombed with her husband in Las Vegas, Nevada. Online condolences may be left for the family at


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