Person:Bizzie Beard (5)

  1. Bizzie Lee Beard1909 - 1989
m. 13 Nov 1929
  1. Rufus Lee Brock1931 - 2006
  2. Infant Brock1936 - 1936
  3. Morris L Brock1937 - 2007
  4. Margaret Ann Brock1941 - 1962
  5. Pauline Brock1943 - 2013
Facts and Events
Name Bizzie Lee Beard
Gender Female
Birth? 28 May 1909 Attalla, Etowah, Alabama, United States
Marriage 13 Nov 1929 Keener, Etowah, Alabama, United Statesto Rufus Marvin Brock
Death[7] 8 Jan 1989 Seymour, Jackson, Indiana, United States
Burial[8] 11 Jan 1989 Riverview Cemetery, Seymour, Jackson, Indiana, United States
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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.

Adult Years

In 1944.
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.

Her Bible

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!


  1.   1920 Census, in Etowah, Alabama, United States. 1920 U.S.Census Population Schedule. (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration Publication T625)
    Cox Dist., Sheet No. 17A, January 31, 1920.

    listed as: Busylee Dau 10
    Cox Dist., Etowah County, AL

  2.   1930 Census, in Etowah, Alabama, United States. 1930 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration Publication T626)
    Cox Dist., Sheet No. 7B/8A, April 15, 1930.

    with Rufus Brock - living in the household of her father, Charles Beard;
    listed as Bessie Lee dau 21
    Cox Dist., Etowah County, AL

  3.   Last Will and Testament of Bizzie Lee Brock, in Will.
  4.   Family Bible of Bizzie Lee Brock, in Bible.

    It is in my possession.

  5.   Photo of Gravestone/Brock, in Gravestone Photo.

    Original taken by me. Copy on page.

  6.   Bizzie Lee Brock Obituary, in Seymour Tribune Obituary

    Published on January 8, 1989 in the Seymour Tribune. Condensed on page.

  7. Obituary/Seymour Tribune,Seymour,IN.
  8. Grave Photo.
  9.   Brock, Rufus M. 1940 US Census, in DeKalb, Alabama, United States. 1940 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration Publication T627)
    Sheet No. 8 B.

    Brock, Rufus 1940 US Census
    Elec. Reg.5, Van Buren, Dekalb County, Alabama
    Sheet No. 8 B
    Dwelling 153

    Rufus Brock 30 Farmer Farm
    Bizzie Lee 30
    Rufus Lee 9
    Robert 6
    Marcell (Morris) 2

  10.   Birth Certificate , in Birth Certificate - Amended
    304842, 1909.

    Attalla, Alabama
    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

  11.   Beard, Charles P. 1910 U.S. Census, in Etowah, Alabama, United States. 1910 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration Publication T624).

    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.