Aretta Beard, 91, of Lepanto, formerly of Leachville, died Monday, March 18, 2002, at the Rose Care Nursing Center in Trumann. Born at Powhatten, she was the daughter of the late James and Eliza Cunningham Horsley and had been a Leachville resident since 1967. She was the widow of William Anderson Williams and Fred Beard and a member of the Ridgeview Baptist Church.
She is survived by four sons, Roger Williams of Marion, Henry Williams of Wynne, Bobby Williams of Cherry Valley, and Kenneth Williams of Little Rock; three daughters, Shelba Jean Miller of marked Tree, Shirley Welcher of Benton and Joann Bunn of Horn Lake, Miss.; 26 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Roy Williams, three brothers, two sisters, and one great-great-grandchild.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Leachville Chapel. Burial was in the Macey Cemetery near Monette under the direction of Howard Funeral Service.