May 15, 1926 ~ December 7, 2008
Funeral services for Christene Beard, 82, of Longview, will be Saturday, December 13 at 10:00 AM at Shady Grove Christian Church in Cason, TX with Rev. A.O. Sasser officiating. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery under the direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home, Inc. Born May 15, 1926 in Mt. Pleasant, TX to Lonnie and Betty Joe Alexander-Bryson and she died on December 7, 2008 at a Longview hospital. She attended Booker T. Washington High School. She married Fred Hayes in 1943 and they had eight children. She married Rufus Beard in 1980. She was a member of Shady Grove Christian Church of Cason, TX. She is survived by three daughters Foricestene Kidd of Austin, TX, Patricia Mack and Ethel Faye both of Longview; two sons Bobby M. Hayes and Al Joe Hayes both of Longview; twelve grandchildren, two of which she raised as her own, Vivian Baker of Longview, TX and Joe Hayes of Dallas, TX; 26 great grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives. One son-in-law Joe Lafayette of Daingerfield and one daughter-in-law Beatrice Hayes of Longview, TX. She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers Sylvester Bryson, C.F. Bryson, Artie Moore Williams and baby Bryson; one sister Codella Bryson, her two husbands Fred Hayes and Rufus Beard; three children Janice Hayes, Shirley Bell and Betty Jurl Lafayette and one great grandchild Courtney Lafayette. Visitation will be on Friday, December 12 until 5 PM at the funeral home in Hughes Springs.