MRS. BLYTHE ‘BEA’ SHOCKLEY
WEST POINT — Ms. Shockley was born in Rutland, Vermont on December 11, 1942 to Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Balch of Windsor, VT. She went to Heaven peacefully at 11:30 p.m. on March 5, 2018. She is predeceased by her parents; husband Norman Shockley; two brothers, Ivan Balch and Donald Balch, and two sisters, Joyce Harlow and Abby Slocum.
She is survived by a daughter, Debbie Whaley, Mt. Juliet, Tenn,, one son, Charlie Parker III, Eustis, Fla.; one grandson.Gregory (Ashleigh) Whaley of Mt. Juliet, Tenn, and a favorite son-in-law, Jeff Whaley of Salem, Ala.; one brother, George (Mary) Balch, Raeford, N.C. and half-sister Katherine Blanchard, Windsor, VT.
Ms. Shockley was a long-time resident of West Point, Ga., where she was employed by St. John’s Episcopal Church Day Care for over 20 years. She moved to Nashville, Tenn. in March, 2010 after developing cancer that she fought to the very end.
Ms. Shockley became Ms. Bea/Grannie Bea to everyone she met. She was a strong prayer warrior and prayed for everyone who asked whether she knew them or not every day. Ms. Bea was a strong, hard-working Christian woman who was determined to fight and beat cancer. She enjoyed working with children at the day school, working in her garden, and her beloved pets Cocoa and Missy. She enjoyed walking in the neighborhood and praying for all the people she met along the way. But most important to Bea was her daughter, Debbie and her grandson, Gregory who she resided with. It brought her happiness to take care of Debbie and Gregory every day. She loved her two children, Debbie and Charlie, and she could not go a day without checking on them.
A Celebration of Life service is scheduled in Nashville, Tenn. at Donelson Presbyterian Church with the Reverend Paul Casner officiating on Friday, March 9, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Another Celebration of Life service will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church in West Point, Ga. with the Reverend Larrie Smith officiating on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 2 p.m. EDT. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Lanett. In lieu of flowers, please make a charitable donation to The University of Alabama Cancer Research Center. The address is UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, Office of Development and Community Relations, WTI 210, 1720 2nd Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35294 or telephone (205) 934-1603.
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