Beatrice Carol Broadus, affectionately known as “Miss Bea” to some and “Red” to others, was the youngest of seven children born to Elmore and Susie Jones on February 13th, 1939, in Akron, Ohio.
Her love for Christ was cultivated at an early age. She confessed Jesus as her Lord and Savior, and was baptized at Mount Zion Baptist Church, where she remained a faithful and active member. She was educated in the Akron Public School system; the same district where she would later become infamous for being the no nonsense but playful Miss Bea that everyone loved. On August 25th, 1956, she was united in holy matrimony to Dalton “Billy” Broadus and to this union 6 children were born.
Miss Bea retired from the Akron Public School system in 2006 after 37 years of service as undoubtedly everyone’s favorite librarian. Spirited, lively and generous, she was also passionate about giving back to her community. Besides instilling in her students, a love for reading, she could often be found serving as a regular volunteer at Mount Zion’s food pantry. She took great pride in her several decades of service as a Youth Director for the Isiserettes Al-Kaf Court #144 and was an active member in many organizations including the Order of Eastern Star, Phoenix Chapter #96, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 3618, the Mary Exalt Temple #95, and the LeBron James Grandmothers’ Fan Club. While she had many accomplishments, her most memorable was serving as Commandress of Al-Kaf Court #144 in 1987.
In her spare time, Miss Bea loved to travel. It was no secret that the quickest way to get on her bad side was to call during her “stories”. With that infectious smile, she enjoyed hearing her grandchildren debate who was the favorite, even though everyone knew it was Eirys’.
Miss Bea was greeted at Heaven’s Gates by her husband, Dalton; son, Eric; granddaughter, Amber; parents, Elmore and Susie Jones; and siblings, Otha Cooper, Ola McCraney, and Lee, Moot, and Daniel Jones; brother-in-law Irvin Broadus and sister-in-law’s Alma “Betty” Jones, Marlene “Tiny” Jones and Charlene Broadus.
Left to cherish and celebrate her beautiful memory are her daughters, Alicia and Alexis Broadus; sons, Kevin, Abner (Sharon), and Michael Broadus, all of Akron, Ohio; 9 grandchildren, Brice Hightower, Brittny Pharr, Chemika (De’Onte) Broadus, Kevin Tyler Jr., Lamont, Eirys’, Samuel and Matthew (Rachelle) Broadus, and Chevyn Tyler; 16 great-grandchildren; beloved brother, Thomas Jones; sister-in-law, Nellie Jones; special nieces, Rena Lawrence, Valerie Hairston, Rose Cooper and Robin Jones; special nephew, Benjamin (Barbara) Cooper; sisters in love, Mary Ann Cooper, Eloise Thompson, Juanita Woods, and Zenobia Lathan; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.