- Bizzie Lee Beard1909 - 1989
Facts and Events
Bizzie Lee Beard was born in Etowah County, Alabama on May 28, 1909 to Charles Pinkney Beard, better known as "Pink" and Beatrice Brown. Where the name Bizzie came from is anyone's guess, but I have suspected that it was not her real name, only a nickname that stuck. Perhaps it was one her mother gave her and she determined to keep it, even though she was without her mother. Beatrice died May 29, 1911. Bizzie had just turned 2. Her father married again to Ada Myrtle Fanchier and had several other children with his second wife, besides raising the step children that came with the marriage. She was very fond of her step-mother and told me that she was treated the same as all the other children. There was James, Georgia, Zelma and Beatrice Haney from the previous marriage of her step-mother Myrtle; her half siblings include, Louie, Frank, John Henry, Bertha and Leonard Beard. The family did quite well financially and she did not want for much.
She married Rufus Marion Brock November 13, 1929 in Keener, Alabama. The couple honeymooned in California. Rufus was of the Sand Mountain Brock Family. He was not a willing farmer and went to work in a factory. They produced 7 children, only 6 survived. In 1950 the company was building a new factory in Seymour, Indiana and Rufus accepted a job and moved his family north. The oldest child was 15 years old, and lied about his age to be able to work in Indiana. Bizzie was very family oriented and was a part the lives of all her children.
She was a Sunday School teacher at the Calvary Baptist Church, which she was a member of until her death. I remember going to Vacation Bible School at her church in summers when I was small. She was patient and caring to everyone.
The photo to the right was taken in 1944. They were still living in Alabama at the time.
Bizzie was a wonderful cook. Her home-made biscuits were of the melt in your mouth variety. She was a true southern cook. She also quilted. This was done out of necessity, not decorative purposes. The quilts were for warmth, not show. I own 3 of her quilts, all of which show excessive wear.
Seymour Daily Tribune
Bizzie Lee Brock rites Wednesday
January 8, 1989
Bizzie Lee Brock, 79, of 721 E. Third St., Seymour, died at 5:53 p.m.
Sunday at Jackson County Schneck Memorial Hospital. She had been in failing health for two years.
She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and was a housewife.
Mrs. Brock was born on May 28, 1909, in Atalla, Ala., to Charles and Beatrive Brown Beard. She moved to Jackson County in 1950. She married Rufus M. Brock on Nov. 13, 1929, in Gadston, Ala. He died on Nov. 18, 1984.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, a son, five brothers and two sisters.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Voss Chapel, Seymour. The Rev. D.G. Morris will officiate. Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery, Seymour.
~This is a condensed version.
Buried in Riverview Cemetery. Riverview Cemetery is located in at 1603 Shields Ave., Seymour, Redding Township, Jackson County, Indiana.
This bible was thrown out originally. My father found it in the trash and pulled it out bringing it to me saying surely it was worth saving. Both covers at that point were gone and it was well used. When I opened the bible everything started falling out. Photos, snippets, death notices, marriage notices, notes, their wills and just a wonderful cache of treasures. On further examination she had used every clean page as a diary of all our lives. Events, illnesses, births, deaths and marriages all recorded giving even the day of the week. I got her real treasure!
- 1920 Census, in 1920 Census/Cox Dist., Etowah County, AL, Sheet No. 17A, January 31, 1920, Primary quality.
listed as: Busylee Dau 10
Cox Dist., Etowah County, AL
- 1930 Census, in 1930 Census/Cox Dist., Etowah County, AL, Sheet No. 7B/8A, April 15, 1930, Primary quality.
with Rufus Brock - living in the household of her father, Charles Beard;
listed as Bessie Lee dau 21
Cox Dist., Etowah County, AL
- Last Will and Testament of Bizzie Lee Brock, in Will, Primary quality.
- Family Bible of Bizzie Lee Brock, in Bible, Primary quality.
- Photo of Gravestone/Brock, in Gravestone Photo, Primary quality.
Original taken by me. Copy on page.
- Bizzie Lee Brock Obituary, in Seymour Tribune Obituary, 1989, Secondary quality.
Published on January 8, 1989 in the Seymour Tribune. Condensed on page.
- ↑ Obituary/Seymour Tribune,Seymour,IN.
- ↑ Grave Photo.
- Brock, Rufus M. 1940 US Census, in 1940 US Census, Sheet No. 8 B, Primary quality.
Brock, Rufus 1940 US Census
Elec. Reg.5, Van Buren, Dekalb County, Alabama
Sheet No. 8 B
Rufus Brock 30 Farmer Farm
Bizzie Lee 30
Rufus Lee 9
Marcell (Morris) 2
- Birth Certificate , in Birth Certificate - Amended, 304842, 1909, Secondary quality.
Department of Health
Attalla, Etowah County, Alabama
Certificate was amended from unnamed to Bizzie Lee on January 3, 1972.
Copy was sent to me from Tina Brock Smith
- Beard, Charles P. 1910 U.S. Census, in 1910 U.S. Census, Primary quality.
Beard, Charley P. 1910 U.S. Census
Cox, Etowah County, Alabama
Series: T624 Roll: 13
Page: 12 Dwelling 37 Family 37
Beard, Pinkney C. (farmer) 22, Beatrice 18, Lee B. 9 mos.