NEWPORT — Mrs. Edith Beard Grigsby of Newport departed this life Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, at the age of 87. She was born Jan. 13, 1933, in Jackson County, the daughter of Eli Beard Sr. and Christine Pruitt Beard.
Mrs. Grigsby was a 1950 graduate of Newport High School and became a licensed practical nurse in 1988. She began her career working at Newport Hospital. Later she joined her daughter, Kathy and son-in-law, Dr. Roger Green, caring for many patients over the years.
Mrs. Grigsby enjoyed cooking and gardening. She loved giving instructions to her family on both. She had a great love of family and friends.
Mrs. Grigsby’s greatest love was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was a member of the Holden Avenue Church of Christ.
Mrs. Grigsby was preceded in death by her husband, Rexford Felix Grigsby Sr.; one son, Rexford F. Grigsby Jr.; four brothers, Billy Beard, Eli Beard Sr., Buster Beard and Hubert Beard; one sister, Jessie Carson; and her parents.
She is survived by one son, Larry Grigsby of Weldon; two daughters, Kathy Green and husband Dr. Roger Green of Newport and Lou Mitchel and husband Wes of Graford, Texas; one brother, Marcus Beard of Tyler, Texas; one sister, Betty Ellis of Newport; nine grandchildren, Alan Grigsby, Jared Grigsby, Kristi Grigsby, Daniel Grigsby, Andrea Adams, Dr. Alison Green, Elizabeth Green, Weston “Trey” Mitchel and Katelyn Mitchel; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a lifetime of friends.
Friends may visit from 6 to 7 this evening at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel with Ryan Wilson officiating. Interment will follow in Sandhill Cemetery.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers will be Jared Grigsby, Daniel Grigsby, Mark Ellis, Eric Ellis, Jim Beard and Bill Beard.
Honorary pallbearers will be Mrs. Grigsby’s grandsons, great-grandsons and nephews.
Arrangements are by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.
Online registry: www.jacksonsfh.com