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Thursday, September 4, 2008

"Bubba" Beauchamp, an Icon of the Sneads Business Community Passes at 66


Familiar and Active Sneads Citizen Will Be Missed By Sid Riley
Bubba and his little brother, Larry grew up in the old downtown grocery store operated by their Mother and Father, Ed and Lottie. If you came into the store and hesitated for a moment looking for something, it was usually one of the boys that eagerly came up to help you.
The grocery was later converted to a small hardware store by the family, and after a few years building materials were added. The old highway 90 through Sneads had been rerouted a few blocks to the North, where it is today. As a result, in 1986 Bubba and his family built a modern, larger hardware store on the new thoroughfare through town.
Bubba always had a friendly smile and a humble, yet knowing air about him that instantly put you at ease. That personal quality was always an asset as he dealt with all of the local Sneads citizens that turned to Beauchamp’s Hardware and Supply for help on their home projects.
Although Bubba was always a work-a-holic and was totally dedicated to the success of his business, he did take time to enjoy fishing and hunting, especially during his early years. Later he became active in the Sneads J.C.’s, and was instrumental in the beginning of the town’s Biddy League Basketball Program for youth. Bubba also served on the town council for several years.
Bubba, his wife Patricia were long time members of the Sneads First Baptist Church. They have four sons, Gregory, Tony, Brad, and Rodney. The full obituary is presented on page A6 in this issue.
Bubba Beauchamp will be missed by his family, his community, and all of us who considered him as a friend.

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