Bertha “Bunny” Beatson

Published 5:30 pm Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Bertha “Bunny” Smith Beatson of Tryon, N.C. passed away Friday, March 13, 2015 in White Oak Manor of Tryon.

Born in Landrum, S.C., she was the daughter of the late Claude O. Smith and Harriett Finley Smith and widow of Dutton D. Beatson who died in 1992. Mrs. Beatson taught at Florence-Darlington Technical College and later worked at NCNB Bank for many years.  She was a member of Tryon United Methodist Church and served as past treasurer for many years and was a member of the Polk County Extension Agency.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, Broadus H. Smith, J.W. Smith, Claud Smith and Robert F. Smith; four sisters, Ethnie Smith, Mary Smith Rogerson, Delle Smith Beatson and Frances Smith Suttle.

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Surviving are nieces and nephews, Nancy Schmeing, Bette Auld, Mary Ellen Rogerson, Lex Rogerson, Christopher Bates, Jodi Smith, Heather Bates and Rebecca Smith.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 2015 in the Tryon United Methodist Church, Tryon, N.C. with Rev. Phil Hurst officiating.

The family will receive friends prior to the service Saturday from 1-1:45 p.m. at the church.

Memorials may be made to Tryon United Methodist Church, 195 New Market Road, Tryon, N.C. 28782.

An online guest register is available at

McFarland Funeral Chapel
Tryon, N.C.