Cover photo for Ramona Pryor Beardain's Obituary
Ramona Pryor Beardain Profile Photo
1938 Ramona 2024

Ramona Pryor Beardain

February 4, 1938 — May 29, 2024

Batesville, MS

Ramona Pryor Beardain, age 86, passed away Wednesday, May 29, 2024 at her home in Batesville, MS. 

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at Wells Funeral Home in Batesville on Friday, May 31, 2024 for visitation from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2024 at 1:00 PM at the First Baptist Church of Batesville, MS followed by interment at Chapel Hill Cemetery in Pope, MS.

Ramona was born February 4th, 1938 in Tillatoba, Mississippi, to James Wilton and Ophelia Ayers Pryor.  She was the fourth of five children and very shy.  She attended school in Oakland, Mississippi where she was involved in all activities offered to her.  Ramona graduated from there in1956 and married her husband, of 41 years.  Ramona and Boyce (BB) made their home in Memphis for a few months when he was drafted in the army.  The couple was stationed at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma.

Their first child was born here in 1958.


After the army days, the couple moved back to Memphis for a brief period.  On April 1st, 1961 they moved to Batesville, Mississippi. 23 days later their second child was born.  Ramona lived here for the next 63 plus years.  Ramona immersed herself in her church, family and community.  She loved the Lord and was saved at an early age.  In her church she was a teacher, on various committees and helped with all aspects there.  In her community she was a member of many clubs and organizations that helped others.


Ramona had a servant’s heart all her life.  She wanted to help others, especially the less fortunate.  This was evident by her choice of profession as a social worker. She served in this capacity in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, the department of health and two federal grants until her retirement at age 75. Ramona held degrees from Northwest, Ole Miss and the University of Tennessee.


Her love for the Lord and others was only surpassed by her love for her family.  When her two grandsons came along, they were the light of her life.  She attended all of their activities and carried them and their friends many many places.  When the great grands came along, they took center stage.  She enjoyed attending their activities, ball games and performances.  Mostly she loved keeping them.


Ramona is survived by one daughter, Vicki Daniels, (Robert) of Olive Branch, a son Chris Beardain (Cheryl Wolfe) of Batesville, a son in law Bob Wilbanks (Wilma) of Cleveland, MS, two grandsons Rush Wilbanks (Ashley) of Dallas, TX and Forrest Wilbanks (Victoria) of Olive Branch.  Four great grandchildren Haven, Holden and Hastings Wilbanks of Olive Branch and Wade Wilbanks of Dallas, TX.


Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Batesville, the American Cancer Society or the charity of your choice.  

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Ramona Pryor Beardain, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, May 31, 2024

5:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Wells Funeral Home & Cremation Services / Forrest Memorial Park

340 Hwy 35 N, Batesville, MS 38606

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Funeral Service

Saturday, June 1, 2024

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Central time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Saturday, June 1, 2024

2:15 - 3:15 pm (Central time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 2882

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree