Beverly Jann Woodard, age 65, of Benton, died on Friday, June 17, at her home. Jann was born on July 17, 1945, in Bradley County, a daughter of the late Perry F. Williams and the late Vivian Corinne O’Neal Williams. She was a graduate of Banks’ schools, and attended Baptist Nursing School in Little Rock. She enjoyed a 37-year nursing career with Dr. Frank Thibault of Benton and built cherished friendships with her co-workers along the way.
She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Benjamin Lathan Woodard; two daughters, Julie Partridge and Lucy Hyatt, both of Benton; three grandchildren, Tucker Partridge, Fletcher Partridge and Perry Hyatt; and, two sons-in-law, Wade Partridge and Marty Hyatt. In addition to her late parents, she was preceded in death by her older sister, Wanda Lynn Williams.
Jann had a passion for history, specifically in the area of genealogy. During the 35 years that she devoted to this study, she compiled tens of thousands of documents, and published close to a dozen works, which contributed greatly to the recorded history of Bradley County. In recent years, she launched the website www.bradleycountyresearch.com , which serves as a valuable resource for those researching the area. She was a past board member of the Arkansas Genealogical Society, and was an active contributor to the Bradley County Genealogical Society. Additionally, her research on the Saline River was published on the Encyclopedia of Arkansas website.
Jann loved music. She enjoyed singing, and played both the piano and ukulele. In fact, it was rare to see Jann when she was not either whistling or humming a tune. She is remembered by family and friends for her dry wit, keen sense of humor, and in her younger years, her athletic prowess.
Pallbearers will be Brad Nutt, Andy Wayne Williams, Aubrey Williams, Norris Williams, Harold Woodard, Jr., Robert Woodard, William “Petie” Woodard, Russell Woodard, honorary pallbearers are co-workers from Medical Park Women’s Clinic.
A funeral service will be held at Ashby Funeral Home in Benton on Thursday at 10 a.m., with a graveside service to follow at Ebenezer Cemetery in Warren at 2 p.m. The Rev. Richard Gambill will be officiating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ashby Funeral Home. Memorials can be made to the Bradley County Genealogical Society and the Saline County Public Library.