Obituary Bea I will lift my hands to the most High God, ruler of heaven and earth who gave me the ability to do His will. Who was she? She was born March 14, 1961, the daughter of Percy and Lela Sansberry Willis. The distinguished, courageous, dedicated, devoted, driving, dashing, doing, determined Bea was the youngest of six children. This is what she was. This is what Bea gave, Her all, where she did NOT QUIT, SHE FINISHED. She transitioned to another life at 6:41 P.M., at Baptist Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi. She was acquainted with Christ at an early age. Baptized at an early age, under the pastorship of Reverend Aaron Griffin at St. John Missionary Baptist Church. After a long Christianship with St. John, she moved her membership to New Morning Star Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend R.T. Strong until his death, never wavering. Bea thereafter became a member of Lighthouse Christian Fellowship Church under the tutorship of Pastors Dewayne and Flora Fountain, where she remained until her transition. She was a child of the King, whom she loved. Bea attended and graduated from Reuben McCall High School, class of 1979 with honors. She continued her education at Grambling State University and was a member of the Grambling State University Orchesis dance team. What was Bea? She was nitty, gritty, witty, a born motivator, a civic and religious worker, and not a faker. She could dress, cut up a mess, yet do her best. Bea was a great motivator to her clients at Wyatt’s Gym in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and her pride and joy, Empire Fitness in Tallulah. She was a dedicated instructor and a dedicated employee of Gaming at Ameristar Casino Hotel in Vicksburg, Mississippi, where she gave her time and her best. She opened her heart to the world and tried to fulfill everyone’s dreams of being healthy and staying healthy the best she could. This is what she did and this is who she was. Bea leaves us this legacy; her life, labor, leadership, motivation, and love. Her words were, “We can do this; we don’t Quit, WE Finish.” On Friday evening, Bea’s life took a flight into eternity. There she met her father; her mother; her brother; and grandparents. Bea awaits: her two sisters, Darlene (Will) Jackson of Rochester, New York, and Martha Ann (Ernest) Davis of Tallulah; three brothers, Johnnie “Bo”, Melvin, and Billie Ray; one very special uncle, Robert (Pearl) Sansberry of Chicago, Illinois; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
It’s in Him we live, move, and have our being,
we might as well not move at all unless we move in Him.
Until we meet! Bea
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