Sarah Elizabeth Beard Shorter – The Eagle of Oxford



Sarah Elizabeth Beard Shorter, 84, died on Friday December 3, 2021 at Oxford Health and Rehab in Oxford, MS. The funeral will be on Monday December 6, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Reverend L. Joe “Joey” Shorter officiating. Interment will follow at Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Visitations will take place at the funeral home before the service starting at 12:30 p.m.
Born May 30, 1937 in Yocona, MS, the only daughter of Joe Loy and Annie D. Ayles Beard, Sarah was predeceased by her parents, two brothers Albert Loy and Jessie Lee, her husband of sixty years, Charles Dalton (CD) Shorter, his daughter Doris Ann (Doris) and his eldest son Timothy Charles (Tim). She is survived by her two youngest sons Lyonell Joe (Joey) and Jimmy Dalton (Jim), three daughters-in-law, eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, three sisters-in-law, one brother-in-law, several cousins, several nieces and nephews, and many longtime friends whom she loved very much.
Sarah and CD grew up in farming families and were educated at Yocona School. Sarah was one of the last generation in the family to pick cotton by hand. She played high school basketball for Yocona, and she was very active in 4H and Future Homemakers of America. On April 24, 1954, they married at New Prospect Baptist Church and moved to Oxford where they began life-long service to the university and the community.
Sarah was a homemaker and mother of four. She was an avid reader, baker (bread, blueberry and pound cake, and a really good rum cake!) As longtime residents of Oxford and Lafayette County, she and CD began their marriage and their families as members of the First Baptist Church and were founding members of the Temple Heights Baptist Church. Over the years, they attended North Oxford Baptist Church and returned to First Baptist Church to serve in various ministries after their retirement. They first lived in housing married to Ole Miss, moving into a duplex on Pierce Avenue when their first three children were born. Together, they built their first home in the community of College Hill in 1962, welcoming their fourth and last child the following year. Sarah was a mother, housewife and seamstress. As her children grew older, she worked in manufacturing and produced at least 1,200 buttonholes per week (30 / hour) to earn minimum wage ($ 1.40 / hour, $ 56.00 / week before. deductions, no health care benefits). Sarah looked after five children at home for several years, before returning to school to get her GED, then working as a manager at Guy’s Formalwear, a clerk and seamstress at the Rebel Shop in Ole Miss, and finally as a clerk and seamstress at the ‘Oxford Fabric. Center until retirement. After 31 years and raising a family in the community of College Hill, Sarah and CD returned to the city of Oxford (Ridgewood Manor Drive) in 1994.
On behalf of Sarah, the family would like to thank the staff at Oxford Health and Rehab, as well as the staff and care team at Kare-In-Home Hospice. The family requests that any memorial for Sarah be considered a tribute donation to help fight Alzheimer’s disease,


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