Celebrating the life of

Francis Helene Barbee

Passed away on August 08, 2020

Francis Helene Barbee

Francis Helene (Beckmann) Barbee

Helene Barbee passed away on 8 August 2020 under the care of Spanish Oaks Hospice.

Beanie as she was named by her brother Tom, was born 11 Jan 1928 in Jacksonville FL to Lucille and George Beckmann Sr. She moved to Savannah as a young girl with her two older brothers George Jr. and Thomas who preceded her in death.

She married Alex Barbee in 1949, a union that lasted 53 years until parted by his death. She lived most of her life on Isle of Hope and was the epitome of Southern Grace. She was active with volunteer and civic activities with St. Joseph’s/Candler, The Elks Club, Savannah International Airport, Savannah Women’s Club and Smart Senior.

She is survived by her daughter Kathleen Barbee Roper (Joe), her son Alex W. Barbee Jr. (Carol), Grandchildren Marsh Thomson, Joe Roper Jr. (Melissa), Michael Williams (Kelly), Ashley Savage (Austin) and Alex Barbee III (Victoria) and Great grandchildren Dawson and Genevieve Roper, Haley and Riley Williams, Malachi and Andersyn Savage and Blake Barbee. Her grandson Lex Williams who left this world too soon. Helene is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

She was always dressed to the nines and ready to go!

We will miss you Bean…

Remembrances to Spanish Oaks Hospice and St. Joseph’s / Candler Foundation.

Celebration of life will be at a later date due to the current restrictions on gathering.




My hero! She was a wonderful friend and a Southern Bell! All my love, she will be missed!

- Viers , Tybee Island, Georgia

So many memories.

- Bidez, Savannah, Georgia

My deepest sympathy to each of you in her family. Beanie was a dear friend of many years and I shall miss her sweet smile and loving personality.

- Mary Alice Garvin, Savannah, GA

Kathy, Bill and all family members, I am very sorry for the loss of your mom. Aunt Beanie is part of so many of my wonderful childhood memories. She was classy, loving and fun. I will miss her. She was one of a kind!

- Angela Forand, Irmo, SC

Our deepest sympathy the the Barbee family on the loss of a Great Lady!!!

- The Paderewski family, Savannah, Ga.

You are free now;) Freed from pain. Escapee of evil. Bye kid:)

- Rebekah McLaughlin, SAVANNAH, GA

Frances was a great Person. She loved people and they loved her. I always respected her and Alex. I know one day, I will see them in Heaven. May God bless the family at this time of deep sorrow.

- Rev. DR. J Thomas Maddox , Naples, Fl

Johnny & I just read this sad news. She was the sweetest and our Anna loved her dearly. She will be missed!

- Debbie Mamalakis, Savannah, GA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel

  • A Celebration of Life Will Be held at a later date