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Mrs. Beatrice Christine Williams Earheart, 89, died April 22, 2020, in Memphis.

Mrs. Earheart was born April 25, 1930, on a farm in Giles County. She married her childhood sweetheart, Bill, in Pulaski in 1951 and they drove across the country to spend their first year of marriage in Los Angeles, while Bill trained to work at Arnold Engineering Development Center. She often spoke of these days in her later years, of how she rode the bus around town and to do her shopping. They moved to Tullahoma in 1952 to build their life and family. She wanted nothing more than to be a mother, and she was the best one in the world. She devoted her life to her children and her church, Trinity Lutheran Church. She took great comfort in knowing she was “saved by grace alone,” and lived a life of grace, generosity and hospitality. Many friends, youth choirs and family reunions were treated to her hospitality, which almost always included a baked ham and chess pie. She loved music and it brought her joy and comfort throughout her life — from playing in the marching band in high school, to singing in the church choir, to listening to 8-tracks and cassette tapes and CDs of every kind of music, to listening to the live music at Trezevant Terrace. She is preceded in death by husband William Thaxton Earheart Jr.; parents, Walter Herbert Williams and Laura Elizabeth Gordon Williams; and siblings, Joe R. Williams, Katherine Williams Luker, Polly Williams Poteet and Elizabeth Williams Marks.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Survivors include children, William Thaxton Earheart III and wife Katherine of Fulton, Miss., Janice Kersey Earheart and Jim Stevenson, Mary Earheart-Brown and husband Jay, all of Memphis, Judith Anne Earheart Plummer and husband Dale of Nashville; grandchildren, William Thaxton Earheart IV, Laura Franklin Moody and husband Nic, Kyle Thaxton Plummer and Lauren Kline, Hannah Marie Plummer, Paul Martin Earheart-Brown, Carter Royce Earheart-Brown; great-grandchildren, Bailey Cate Moody, Olivia Jade Moody, Grayson James Moody, William Dylan Moody; sister Martha Williams Killebrew; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

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