Beatrice “Bea” Tobin, was born on December 6, 1944, to Rev. Tom P. Tobin and Willie B. Ceaser Tobin in Castor, Louisiana. She accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at New Prosperity Baptist Church. Raised with the Lord being the head of their household; she learned to pray. Bea’s early years was a country lifestyle running and playing, and walking miles to and from school. Her first job was picking cotton and helping out on the family farm. Bea was very proud of her heritage and held on to big dreams of returning to her homeland to preserve her history.
She attended Bienville Elementary School and graduated from Shady Grove High School in 1962, where she realized her talent in math. Shortly after, Bea moved to Los Angeles, California to join her older brother and sisters. While working at J.C. Penny Company, she attended Metropolitan and Los Angeles Trade Technical Colleges, where she continued her education in Accounting. After working at Western Airlines for 17 years Western and Delta merged, with the headquarter office in Atlanta, Georgia, Bea would have to relocate to Atlanta if she wanted to continue here employment an seniority. Both companies awarded her the opportunity to travel and visit many places -- Paris, London, Korea, Hawaii, New York, Mexico, and Jamaica, just to name a few. Bea was a devoted and loyal employee at Delta, where she retired after 35 years as an Accountant. While working for the airlines, she built friendships that have lasted a lifetime.
In 1969, she gave birth to her only child, Jacqueline F. Cormier, whom she loved unconditional, supported, and guided. She made great sacrifices for “her” Jackie. With the love and support that Jacqueline was provided by her mother she was able to fulfill many of her own dreams. Within Jacqueline’s upbringing her mother instilled in her the love and the will of the Lord. Bea was very adamant about her faithfulness to her assignment and purpose to which God called her to do.
She continued her faithful walk with the Lord while in Los Angeles, serving as an usher, under the leadership of the late Rev. Dr. John Plummer Jr., Pastor and Founder of New Testament Church. In Atlanta, she united with Friendship Community Church and continued her service to the Lord as a “Door Keeper” (usher), for which she was passionate.
Bea loved her family and her generosity had no boundaries. She had a strong desire to reach out to the youth to encourage them, share her wisdom and knowledge, and to educate them on our family’s background and history. She loved fishing, making floral arrangements, collecting antiques, and had a love for nature. She would stand her ground for what she believed in, and for what was true to her heart, in her opinion. In other words, Bea would argue with a signpost.
She was preceded her in death by her father and mother, brothers, Leon Tobin (Lucky, Louisiana) and Roy Tobin (Los Angeles, CA), and three sisters, Mildred Tobin (Sacramento, CA), Luree Tobin (Los Angeles, CA), and Sadie B. Porter (Pomona, CA).
On Wednesday, August 14, 2013, Beatrice Tobin, was called from labor to rest. She leaves to cherish her memories her one and only daughter Jacqueline Cormier (Atlanta, GA), brothers: Verdie (Mary) Tobin (Moreno Valley, CA), Rev. Dr. Albert J. Tobin (Shreveport, Louisiana), Elbert Ray (Gloria) Tobin, Sr., sisters: Ezerlene Tobin, Willie Mae Tobin (Los Angeles, CA), and Carolyn J. Tobin (Highland, CA), and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and many lifelong friends. Finally her beloved pets (her grandbabies), Peppie and Sasha; Sasha recently preceded her in death.
August 23, 2013 • 12 Noon
Elder Damain McLeod