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Beatrice Lea (Alford) Kinlaw Barnard

September 9, 1928 ~ December 29, 2023 (age 95) 95 Years Old
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Beatrice Kinlaw Barnard Obituary

Mrs. Lea Alford Kinlaw Barnard, 95, of Blackshear, passed away Friday evening, December 29, 2023, at her home surrounded by her family.  Lea moved to Blackshear in 1968 and opened House of Beauty by Lea where she created the most current hair styles for the locals for over 40 years.

Lea was born on September 9, 1928, in Dillon, SC to Daniel & Susie Demery Alford. 

Lea was the mother to two sons, Danny Kinlaw and Stevie Kinlaw.  She was drawn to Blackshear by the love of her life, Dan “D.D.” Barnard, a longtime resident.  Through her marriage to D. D., she acquired two stepsons, Danny Barnard and Dennis Barnard, who both, along with her husband, D.D., son, Stevie, and all of her siblings, preceded her death.

Lea was very active in the community for years.  She was a member of First Baptist Church of Blackshear.  She also served as President of the Ladies Lakeview Golf Association for ten years.  She was a member of the Red Hat Society, the Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, and helped with various local activities and events over the years.

She was an avid traveler and had traveled throughout the entire United States as well as embarked on many global excursions with her close friends and traveling companions.

Survivors include her son, Danny (Sabrina) Kinlaw of Blackshear; two additional daughters-in-law, Darlene Kinlaw of Reidsville, NC and Cheryl Barnard of Blackshear; 9 grandchildren, Alex Kinlaw, Shaun Kinlaw, Devin Kinlaw, Kirsten Barnard Smith (Robert), Daniel Galle (Melissa), Corbin Barnard, Sebastian Kinlaw (Niki), Katherine Kinlaw Willman (Jeremy), and Emily Kinlaw; 17 great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Lea’s life will be celebrated on Saturday, January 6, 2024, at 3 o’clock from the Pearson-Dial Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Bill Young, Mr. Ross Bedford, and Lea's great grandson, Mr. Hayden Kinlaw officiating.

The family will receive friends at the chapel one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests memorials be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, GA  31501 or to the American Cancer Society,

The family would like to give special thanks to Hospice Satilla as well as to Lea’s caregivers, Lynn Eaton, Betty Dixon, and Leslie Taylor.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at

Pearson Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangement. 




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January 6, 2024

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Pearson-Dial Chapel
659 Main St.
Blackshear, GA 31516

Celebration of Life
January 6, 2024

3:00 PM
Pearson-Dial Chapel
659 Main St.
Blackshear, GA 31516


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