Florine Parker Beall, 94 of Lumberton, gained her wings Sunday at Highland Hospital in Picayune. She was born June 25, 1926 in McHenry, the middle of seven children to Lon and Emily (Flurry) Parker. Florine grew up through the depression era in McHenry, a true Southern country girl on a small family farm. She worked in the garden and around the house growing up, picking peas and vegetables, canning and cooking or whatever needed to be done. Known to most as "Flo", she married Levy Beall in 1946 after WWII and he moved her to the "big city" of Lumberton. They made their home there and have one son, Lonnie. While Levy was a carpenter, Flo went to work at the hospital as a dietician, working there for many years and retiring when it closed down. After that, Flo would sit with folks that needed some assistance, care of some sort, or just needed some company. She was the epitome of a people person and ever the center of attention. Flo loved social gatherings and entertaining, and the bigger the crowd, the better! Family was important to Flo and she never missed an event over the past several years, no matter how big or small. From weddings and baby showers to reunions or funerals, she was there, zipping around to wherever she needed to be in her red Dodge K car. Flo was a Christian by faith and member at First Baptist Lumberton where she served for many years. She was a strong willed and determined lady to say the least. While in her 80's, Flo overcame cancer, not once but twice! She remained active, energetic and outgoing, living life to the fullest. Flo had a great sense of humor, loved to dance, but more than that she loved to talk, doing her best to keep up with the goings-on in Lumberton and beyond. While Lumberton was home for many years, she still referred to McHenry as the "Holy Land", visiting friends and family there as often as possible. A fixture in Lumberton, Ms. Flo will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by all whose life she touched. She was preceded by her parents, Lon & Emily Parker, and her brothers Mavis, Demont, Buck and Clem Parker, all of McHenry. Left to cherish her memories are: her only son, Lonnie (Judy) Beall of Picayune; two sisters, Ruby Jackson of Moss Point and Cuppie Smith of McHenry. She leaves a legacy of three grandchildren: Rev. Joseph (Lori) Beall, Matthew (Janet) Beall, and Andrew (Brigitte) Beall, eight great-grands: Chandler, Keighly, Ta're, Ian, Emily, Ben, Liberty and Jackson Beall, to go along with a large group of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends, all of whom she loved dearly. The family has set services for Thursday, February 11, 2021 at Trinity Funeral Services in Lumberton. Visitation will begin at 1:00 PM, followed by the funeral service at 2:00 PM. Interment will follow in the Lumberton City Cemetery, weather permitting. Trinity Funeral Services is honored to serve the Beall family in their time of need, asking everyone to keep them all in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
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