Mary Lou (Tolbert) Beard

January 19, 1934March 6, 2018
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Mrs. Mary Beard, daughter of the late Clyde and Pauline Tolbert was born January 18, 1934 in York County, South Carolina and departed this life on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at Alexandria Place of Gastonia, North Carolina.

She made her home in Gastonia in the early 1960’s.

Mary was a member of St. John Baptist Church in Gastonia, North Carolina for many years. She retired from Ti-Caro in the early 90’s. She was a member of American Legion Post #198 Ladies Auxiliary in Gastonia, North Carolina.

Mary was preceded in death by her loving parents, two sisters and two brothers.

Mary leaves behind to cherish her memories; two daughters Chyne Beard and Helen Blake, one stepdaughter Shirley (Balious) Gingles all of Gastonia, North Carolina; one son Richard (Deborah) Beard of Sacramento, California; four sisters: Addie (Eddie) Love, Bonnie (Rufus) Johnson of Gastonia, North Carolina, Deloris Tolbert of Charlotte, North Carolina and Margaret Tolbert of Asheville, North Carolina; four half- sisters: Lucy Cathcart of Syracuse, New York, Martha Sims of Atlanta Georgia, Nancy Taylor, Dorothy Lindsay, Augusta McCoy all of Gastonia, North Carolina; two brothers: William Tolbert of Gastonia, North Carolina, Albert Tolbert of Charlotte, North Carolina; two half-brothers: Thomas Sims of Corona, California, Everette Sims of Gastonia, North Carolina; six grandchildren; five great grandchildren and one special great granddaughter: Kimora Froneberger and a host of other relatives and friends.

A Life Well Celebrated Ceremony will take place at 1:00 PM ~ Tuesday, March 13, 2018 in the Chapel of Carothers Funeral Home, 2205 Williamsburg Drive, Gastonia, North Carolina with Reverend Albert Tolbert delivering words of comfort to Mary’s family and friends.

Graveside and committal will follow in Four Seasons Garden at Gaston Memorial Park.

The family will receive guests from 12:00 PM ~ 1:00 PM prior to the service.

A special thank you goes to Carolyn Shannon her caregiver from Brightstar and entire staff at Alexandria Place.

Those wishing to share fond memories and expressions of love are asked to visit Mary’s guestbook at

Carothers Funeral Home at Gaston Memorial Park is compassionately serving the family of Mary Beard.


  • Chyne Beard, Daughter
  • Helen Blake, Daughter
  • Richard Beard, Son
  • Deborah Beard, Daughter-in-law
  • Addie Love, Sister
  • Eddie Love, Brother-in-law
  • Bonnie Love, Sister
  • Rufus Love, Brother-in-law
  • Deloris Tolbert, Sister
  • Margaret Tolbert, Sister
  • Lucy Cathcart, Half Sister
  • Nancy Taylor, Half Sister
  • Dorothy Lindsay, Half Sister
  • Augusta McCoy, Half Sister
  • William Tolbert, Brother
  • Albert Tolbert, Brother
  • Thomas Sims, Half Brother
  • Everette Sims, Half Brother
  • Kimora Froneberger, Special Great Granddaughter
  • Clyde Tolbert, Father
  • Pauline Tolbert, Mother
  • Six grandchildren, five great grandchildren and one special great granddaughter along with a host of other relatives and friends survive.

    She was preceded in death two sisters and two brothers.


  • Receiving of Guests Tuesday, March 13, 2018
  • Life Well Celebrated Service Tuesday, March 13, 2018
  • Graveside and Committal Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Mary Lou (Tolbert) Beard

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Denise Williams

March 12, 2018

Pretty lady, pretty smile. I went to school with Chyne. I am from Rocky Mount NC and was in a big city living for the first time. I met Chyne my first week there and from that point on we were inseparable. Her mother and father welcomed me into their homes and their hearts. I will nevet forget the kindness extended to me by Mr. Clarence and Ms. Mae Lou as we called her. Gastonia became my home away from home. May they both rest in heaven. To the family, my thoughts and prayers will forever be with you. To Chyne, Dee Dee & Destin, I love you much. Denise Williams

Charlette Graham-Blake

March 9, 2018

Mrs Mary Beard was someone I held close to my heart. She was always kind and loving to me, my family and everyone she knew. Her smile was infectious. You will be missed Mrs Mary!
To the family, me and my family send our sincere condolences and love! May God provide you comfort during this most difficult time.

Love, Charlette