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Marla Kay Eads December 16, 1958 - January 8, 2022

Date of Funeral

January 14, 2022

Marla Kay Eads, age 63, passed away on January 8, 2022, at her home in Memphis, TN. Visitation will be Friday, January 14, 2022, at 4:00 pm followed by funeral services at 5:00 pm, at Heritage Christian Life Center 6100 Elmore Rd. Southaven, MS.

Marla was born on December 16, 1958, in Houston, TX to Marcus and Mary Jo Beckham. She was the baby of the four children but always was the one to rule the roost! She was always mothering to her siblings and continued that trait throughout her life. She excelled in school, was part of the band, playing the flute and was a cheerleader. She was known for her big, blue eyes, long beautiful hair, and a smile that would light up the room. She was a wonderful sister, and an amazing friend. She was married to her best friend, Rick Eads for over 30 years, had three daughters, and many other adopted kids she loved as her own. Always involved in school activities, being a mentor to so many, and cooking meals big enough for an army! She loved dancing, painting, shopping (Lord did she shop!) and making others happy. To know her, was to love her.

She leaves behind her daughters, Talona Adney (Clayton), Deanna Plunk (Doug), Dannett Burns (Sammy), Kathryn Haney (Dexter); grandchildren, Kara Curtis, Markayla Spencer (Alex), Keegan Spencer, Katelyn Spencer (Brandon), Brittney Maness (Ethan), Ashley Plunk, Lance Plunk, Colton McGarrity, Chris McGarrity, Cadence Napper, Chloe Napper, Ryder Burns, Alivia Burns, Courtney Bell (Coltin), Connor Napper, Tiffany Sevigny, Matthew Whiting (Nicole), Roman Haney; great-grandchildren, Treston Curtis, Austin Huebner, Langley Posey, Reese Bell, Elijah Bell, Violet Whiting; siblings Marcus Beckham, Jr., Michael Beckham (Linda), Mona Mooney; step-mother Jerrie Sue Thrasher (David); niece Candice Eden, aunts, Lela Sabean, Rondena Mackey; best friend and neighbor Kierra Mosby; and a host of other nieces, nephews, family and friends.

She was preceded in death by: her loving husband, Richard Eads; parents Marcus Beckham and Mary Jo Taylor.


Visitation will be Friday, January 14, 2022, at 4:00 pm followed by funeral services at 5:00 pm, at Heritage Christian Life Center 6100 Elmore Rd. Southaven, MS.


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    DeKerin Hildson says

    This woman is one of the best women I’ve ever met in life. Long ago , I was just a little black boy that moved next door to her , and one day I think I had went over there or probably wandered over there but from then on the rest was history. She’d let me do whatever I wanted , style and do her any kind of way and let me be myself 100000000%. She was loving of everyone no matter who you were , skin color , size , weight , background, none of that mattered to her as long you were respectful. She practically raised me as one of her own (from next door ) when I was little I would walk across the yard EVERYDAY to go see her , sit with her, play in her hair and just have fun. But for some odd reason my mom didn’t like me going over there and she didn’t like her. Well one reason was because someone who shall not be named was feeding my mom lies and she was believing them but I didn’t care and neither did Ms.Marla. I still continued to go over her house when I was little and even when we moved across the way literally and I grew up I still went to go see her and check on her , keep her company and all that good stuff. Some of my favorites memories of us were made at end of her life , which i didn’t know I was the end but I’m glad we made them , we would sit at the kitchen table or outside on the porch and I’d let her hear songs that I liked or wanted her to hear and we’d also listen to old songs and sing together. I could literally write a book about how much she means to me but this’ll do . Gone but never forgetten, and you’ll always be my “Ms.b”

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    Kara says

    She was the greatest lady ever. She had a big heart and loved everyone. I love and miss you Grammy…. You’re finally with the love of your life again.🥺🥺

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    Janie King says

    Marla was loving and kind, the world is missing this truly beautiful person. She showed us all how to love by example, we should follow her example.

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