Today we celebrate the life of Louise Beard, who was born on March 25, 1932, the youngest of 11 children born to the late John and Louise Gaddist in Ridgeville, South Carolina. She was blessed to have lived 90 years and departed her earthly journey on Friday, July 29, 2022, surrounded by her family.
Louise moved to South Carolina at an early age and was educated in the public schools of Richland County. She was employed with the South Carolina Department of Mental Health from which she retired as a dietician after 20 years of service.
Louise enjoyed baking cakes and was known for her famous Lemon Glazed Pound Cake, a favorite to many. She also enjoyed watching sports and was a member of The Friendly Ladies Club.
Mrs. Beard was a dedicated and longtime member of Bethlehem Baptist Church (Lyon Street) where she attended faithfully until her health declined.
Louise was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother, who readily opened her heart and home to anyone in need. She was the most generous person anyone had the pleasure of meeting. Though she is no longer physically with us, as a result of her generous spirit, and pleasant personality, she will be missed by all those who loved and knew her.
Mrs. Beard was also preceded in death by all her siblings; her husband, Charlie Beard; son-in-law, Raymond Dinkins; granddaughter, Jessica Beard; and great-grandson, Yusef Dinkins.
Those who are cherishing her fond and precious memories are her loving daughters, Hilda Dinkins and Deborah Wilson; her (5) grandchildren, Tyrone (Celesia) Dinkins, Travis Dinkins, Arthur (Tawanna) Dinkins, Shanta (Jimmy) Lowery and Maurice Beard; nineteen (19) great-grandchildren; thirteen (13) great-great-grandchildren; her bonus daughter, Laverne Foxworth; five bonus grandchildren; a host of bonus great-grandchildren; nephews, nieces and other loving relatives and dear friends, all of whom will miss her dearly.