Beatrice Elizabeth Manasco Kilgore, 95, of Nauvoo, entered her heavenly home on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at Princeton Medical Center. Her funeral was held Sunday, March 8, 2020, at New Oak Grove Freewill Baptist Church in Nauvoo. Rev. Chris Pschirer and her nephew, Rev. Ronald J. McKeever, officiated the service. Burial followed in New Oak Grove Cemetery, with Kilgore-Green Funeral Home of Jasper directing. Pallbearers were Shane Kilgore, Jeremy Allen, John Mac Kilgore, Rylan Kilgore, Chris Prince and Patrick Connell. Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Kilgore, Jerry Kilgore, Jimmy Montgomery, Tommy Treadwell, Robert Scoates, Greg Manasco and Steve Manasco.
Mrs. Kilgore was born to Nancy and Clanton Manasco on Dec. 4, 1924, in Nauvoo. Until the time of her death, she was a faithful and active member of New Oak Grove Church. She was office administrator and bookkeeper for Winston Lumber Co. and TMA Wood Products in Double Springs until her retirement.
She had a lifelong love for Southern gospel music. She loved to sing, with a beautiful alto voice. She enjoyed traveling when she had the opportunity. She loved sewing, needlework and many other craft activities and enjoyed sharing her craftwork with friends and family. Most of all, she enjoyed family gatherings and time spent with her friends. She was a true example of all that a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend should be.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 70 years, Cecil W. Kilgore; son, Ricky D. Kilgore; sisters, Wanda Robertson and Hazel Montgomery; brothers, Jack Manasco and Roman Manasco and son-in-law, Mabry Smith.
She is survived by her children, Johnny (Pat) Kilgore, of Birmingham; Mike (Linda) Kilgore, of Dadeville and Rebecca Kilgore Smith, of Jasper; daughter-in-law, Pat Shubert Kilgore, of Hartselle; grandchildren, Kelly Kilgore (Tommy) Treadwell, Lee Beth Kilgore, Shane Kilgore, Jeremy (Rebecca) Allen, Dr. John Mac Kilgore, Rylan Kilgore, Holly Kilgore (Chris) Prince, Jenny Smith (Rob) Scoates and Katie Kilgore (Patrick) Connell; 10 great-grandchildren, Thomas, Samuel and James Treadwell, Wilson Kilgore, Cayden, Sawyer, Graham and Tatum Allen and Delaney and Maverick Connell; and nieces, nephews and friends who loved “Aunt Beat” as much as she loved them.
The family wishes to express its appreciation to Wendy, Jennifer and Stacy with Kindred Home Health, Pastor Chris and to all who prayed for her, brought her meals and took care of her cat. Thanks also to all the nurses and staff with Affinity Hospice and Princeton Medical Center who cared for her.
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