Beatrice Jean Enfinger • July 4, 2022

Beatrice Jean Enfinger was born July 31, 1929, in Meigs County, Decatur, Tennessee and died July 4, 2022. She was 92 years old. Bea was the oldest of 13 children born to Murvin and Gladys Sink. She is survived by her husband of 41 years, William J. “Jack” Enfinger, her children, Donna Pate and Bruce (Pam) Childers, her grandchildren Ashley Pate, Allison (Wayne) Jones, Christa Childers (Mike) Davis, Bruce Childers III, Lauren Childers, Brian Childers, and three great-grandchildren, Jackson, Olivia and Bryce Jones, as well as a step-daughter, Sherry (Kevin) Kennedy. She moved to Pensacola in 1957 and worked for Monsanto (then Chemstrand). She retired in 1986.
Bea loved to travel, having taken trips to China (twice), Japan, all of Europe, including the Scandinavian countries, Africa, Hawaii, as well as Mexico, Central America and South America. She was in her late 70s when, on one such adventure, she was on a Windjammer cruise when it was caught in a hurricane off the West Indies. The captain was fortunately able to bring the ship to port, but the sister ship on their cruise was not so lucky. After getting their passengers off somewhere in South America, the captain and crew were lost at sea trying to save their ship.
Bea was a long-time member, and former board member, of the Pensacola Symphony Guild, Great Books Discussion Group (she was always an avid reader), and an active member of Olive Baptist Church where she and Jack were members of a like-minded Christian fellowship group called “Young at Heart.” She believed in giving back to the community and spent many hours and days as part of the “Care Connection”, a service branch of Olive Baptist Church.
But Bea’s greatest joy was her grandchildren. She and Jack made it a point to attend all their baseball, softball, football, lacrosse and volleyball games, as well as being a part of their awards ceremonies, graduations, weddings and christenings. She was an integral part of their lives growing up. She and Jack never refused a request to babysit or keep their grandchildren, often taking four of them at a time. It is difficult to put into words what she meant to her family.
The family will receive friends for visitation at Olive Baptist Church from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Monday, July 11, 2022, with funeral service to begin at 12:00 p.m. A procession to Barrancas National Cemetery will follow the funeral service.
Bea always believed she had a guardian angel; now we believe we have a guardian angel.

  1. She was my angel on earth and the love of my life, I am going to miss her forever

  2. Donna Pate says:

    MaMa, I will miss you always. You were my best friend. I will pick up the phone to tell you something. Have a family gatherings, want your opinion, hear your laugh, smell your perfume. Things will never be the same, You were the glue that held this family together.
    Until we meet again for our glorious celebration and spend eternity together.

  3. Jerry Flannigan says:

    Jack, so sorry to read about Bea! I had just learned of her stroke last week!

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