Blythe COVID-19 death

Beth Blythe

Blythe remembered as ‘beautiful soul,’ a ‘joy’

Real estate agency broker and owner and former educator Beth Walker Blythe is the latest local resident to succumb to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Blythe, 51, is the fifth person from Pierce County, or with ties to Pierce County, to pass away from the disease.

Blythe died Wednesday night at Memorial Satilla Health in Waycross.

Family members confirmed her death was due to the disease, and the Georgia Department of Public Health officially recorded her Thursday among the state’s victims of the virus.

Blythe is remembered this week as a “beautiful soul”, “a rock to her family”  and “a joy to be around.”

Blythe’s husband, Richard, said his heart “hurts real bad right now.” The Blythes had been married for 30 years and had two sons, Ben and Walker.

“I know where she is and she has a new body and a new life,” he said.

Blythe said B. Blythe will be remembered for her concern and care for others.

“No matter who you are, she was there for you,” he said. “If you had a problem, she would try to help you with it. You could talk to her, lean on her and she would reassure you. She never asked for one thing for herself.”

B. Blythe’s only sister, Carole Walker Mardirossian, is devastated and trying to come to terms with her sibling’s sudden passing.

“She was my best friend for life,” she said. “Richard and Ben and Walker have lost their rock. I just want to ... wake up from this nightmare.”

Mardirossian encourages residents to wear face masks and practice social distancing.

“COVID-19 is not gone. Beth wore a mask and used disinfectants and she died. It’s not gone,” she said.

Her classmate, Yolanda Pender Maddox, recalls Blythe as a dear friend.

“She was a beautiful soul and always a joy to be around,” Maddox said. “She was caring, thoughtful, so much fun and genuine. I’ll miss her so much, and I’ll cherish the memories we made.”

She was a life-long resident of Pierce County and was a 1986 graduate of Pierce County High School and also graduated from Valdosta State University.

She was a teacher for 13 years and then was the owner and broker of her own real estate agency, Innovation Land Solutions. She also helped out on her family farm and was a member of Hacklebarney Baptist Church.

Due to the threat posed by the virus, a private family graveside service was held Friday at Waters Cemetery.

For a complete obituary, please see page 3.

Other local victims of the disease include former cook/waitress and security employee Vielee Martin Hester, Marine Corps Veteran William “Bill” Pittman, former Gulfstream employee Faron Peacock and  former nursing home administrative assistant Joan Denissa “Necie” Davis. Davis lived in Waycross, but grew up in Patterson.