Effie Magee

Effie "Bea" Magee

March 23, 1924 - September 14, 2019
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Effie Beatrice (Bea) Buchanan Magee, 95, a long-time resident of Pine Bluff, died September 14, 2019.

Bea was born March 23, 1924, in Crossett, AR, the daughter of the late Demarcus S. Horton and Hessie Bailey Horton. She grew up and received her education in Southeast Arkansas and married the late Nelson Harris Buchanan, Sr., in Pine Bluff, on June 24, 1944. She married Grady G. Magee, in Pine Bluff, AR, on January 3, 1978.

She was preceded in death by both of her husbands; her daughter, Linda Buchanan Douthit, of Russellville: two sisters, Lucille Royal, of Sheridan and Evelyn Blalock, of Oroville, CA; four brothers, Albert S. Horton, Marlin N. Horton, Charles E. Horton, and Robert L. Horton, all of Oroville, CA. She is survived by three sons, Nelson H. Buchanan of Pine Bluff, Frank D. Buchanan of Fayetteville, AR, and Henry Henry H. Buchanan, of Austin, TX.; step-son, David Magee of Little Rock; and step-daughter, Kelly Magee Lewis, of Weaverville, NC; 9 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and one great great-grandchild.

She retired as a secretary at the Pine Bluff Arsenal and was a faithful member of Central Presbyterian Church. She served as an Elder on the Session, the governing body of the church and was a member of the Worship and Music Committee.
Bea was a self-sufficient, hard working individual with many talents. She was an excellent cook, baked marvelous pies and cakes and occasionally catered weddings. She was a gifted seamstress and enjoyed needle point and cross-stitch. She also enjoyed gardening and volunteering at the church. She loved to travel and was able to visit all fifty states, Canada and Europe with her late husband Grady.

Bea was deeply devoted to her church and family. Throughout the years, she showered them with unwavering love and support. Her pure heart and sweet soul made her a tremendously special person. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Services will be held in the chapel at Ralph Robinson & Son, Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at 11 a.m. with the Celebrant, Marty Shell, officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior, at 10 a.m. The family requests that memorials be made to Central Presbyterian Church, 6300 Trinity Drive, Pine Bluff, AR 71603
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Wednesday, September 18, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Ralph Robinson & Son
    807 Cherry Street
    PINE BLUFF, AR 71601
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, September 18, 2019 11:00am
    Ralph Robinson & Son
    807 Cherry Street
    PINE BLUFF, AR 71601
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Marty Shell
  • Interment

    Bellwood Cemetery
    Pine Bluff


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Scotty McCullough

Posted at 04:51pm
Nelson, Frank, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother. Ms. Bea was a wonderful person to all whom she met. Ms. Bea will be missed.
Scotty McCullough/Hot Springs

Brenda Spadoni-Myhand

Posted at 08:30pm
Nelson, so sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God's comfort and peace be with you.

Joan Clowers

Posted at 08:09pm
Nelson, I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. You and your brother will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Teri Hardy Bethge

Posted at 07:47pm
She was an awesome lady. I can’t remember a time when she wasn’t my Daddy’s steno at the Arsenal. Frank and Nelson, my love and prayers. Teri Hardy Bethge.

Lee Lee (Hart) Baier Posted at 09:53pm

Frank and Nelson, I am sorry to read about your mother’s passing. I know she was a fine person who will be missed by many people, but most of all by her three sons. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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