Beatrice Peyton was born November 9, 1927 in Wakefield, Mississippi, the daughter of Arthur H. and Iva Brown Peyton. She grew up and attended school in Wakefield and Independence. She attended Northwest Mississippi Junior College in 1945.
In 1944, Beatrice helped the war effort by working at the Defense Plant in Cordova, TN in a hazardous job of putting 'tetryl' (explosive detonator compound) in the shells, then worked at the Carter's factory, and was a substitute teacher for a number of years at Independence.
On September 15, 1945, Beatrice was united in marriage to Joseph Hugh Wallace. She and Joe raised 5 children and farmed in Independence, MS.
Throughout those years, Beatrice was active in her community; was a poll worker during elections, worked fund raisers for the Independence Volunteer Fire Department, and a very active member of Independence United Methodist Church where she served on various church boards, maintained the church's library, as well as numerous events with the United Methodist Women's Group. In 2018, she was elected to be 'Grand Marshal' for the Independence Day Parade.
She was a wonderful, loving mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her daughter, Sherryl A. Dickerson (Rivers) of Columbus, MS; two sons, A. Arnold Wallace (Anick) of Coldwater, MS and Gerald Lance Wallace of Houston, TX. As well as 15 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, and one brother, Brown Peyton (Bertha) of Wakefield, MS.
Beatrice was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four brothers (Clarence, Hubert, Ray, and Virgil), one son, Jody C. Wallace and one daughter, Gail C. Veazey.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Independence United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 152, Independence, MS 38638.
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