Obituary: Louise Beggs Bland

Lifelong Madison resident, Louise Beggs Bland, passed away surrounded by family on Tuesday, July 22, in Tallahassee.

Funeral services will be Friday, July 25, at 11 a.m., at Grace Presbyterian Church, in Madison with burial at Old Oakland Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, July 24 from 5 – 7 p.m., at Beggs Funeral Home.

Born Oct 10, 1927, she was the youngest child of Stuart A. and Maggie Husbands Beggs, descendents of the pioneering families of Madison and Lowndes County, Ga. She was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Richard E. “Ed” Bland, her four sisters and two brothers.

She was baptized at Oakland Presbyterian Church, belonged to Madison Presbyterian Church and was a founding member of Grace Presbyterian Church. Her faith guided her throughout a life exemplifying love and acceptance.

She was employed at Smith Drugs for more than forty years, where her advice to “be sweet” was as legendary as her pimiento cheese sandwiches. In later years, her warm smile brought comfort to many at Beggs Funeral Home.

She never met a stranger, welcoming all to her home with gracious hospitality and hosting decades of Beggs and Bland family gatherings on her front porch. Few in Madison have been untouched by her generosity and fun-loving spirit.

She is survived by sons: Richard E. “Dicky” Bland (Mary), of Madison; James T. Bland (Doreen), of Crawfordville; Nat H. Bland (Dorothy), of Madison; and Julian B. Bland (Paul), of Niceville, Fl.; grandchildren: Amber B. Wilhoit (Richie), of Gainesville; James T. Bland II (Elizabeth), of Monticello; Daniel E. Bland (Kristen), of Tallahassee; and Allen H. Bland (Sabrina) of Chattanooga, Tenn.; three great-grandchildren, three sister-in-laws, and numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

In lieu of flowers, people may send donations to the Old Oakland Cemetery Association, c/o Tim Sanders.

Beggs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, (850) 973-2258. You may send your condolences to the family by visiting their website at www.beggsfuneral.com.

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