Arthur E. Beale, Jr.
January 7, 1935 – September 10, 2018
Arthur Edward Beale, Jr. was born on January 7, 1935, in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Joliet, Illinois. His parents divorced in 1941, and his mother sent him to live with her parents while she sought work in Chicago, during a difficult time between the Great Depression and the beginning of World War II. During this time, his grandfather became his primary role model, a man he later described as “a man of immense physical and spiritual strength, a loving and devoted family man, a self-taught preacher with a strong faith in God”, and Arthur emulated his grandfather’s best qualities throughout his life. In the summer of 1946, he moved to Chicago to live with his mother. He joined the U.S. Air Force on September 10, 1952, and served for four years. On July 5, 1957, he married Jewel E. Turner, and began raising a family. That marriage would go on to last over 60 years. The church was always an important entity in Arthur’s life. He began to pursue training through Moody Bible Institute in 1961 and was called to preach in 1962, starting down a path of teaching and modeling his Christian beliefs while maintaining a marriage, raising six children, sustaining full-time employment, and furthering his education. He had a strong sense of family that extended to his community. Some of his experiences as a minister of the Gospel included (all in the state of Illinois): Associate Pastor, Mount Mariah Missionary Baptist Church (1962-66); helped organize the United Church of Christ’s Joliet Project (1966-69); a founding member of The Fellowship of Caring (1969-70); worship leader and a founding member of The Pilgrimage Protestant Congregation of University Park (1970-75); Associate Minister, New Faith Baptist Church, Park Forest (1975-78); Co-Pastor, Arbor Trails Community Church, Park Forest (1979-82); and Associate Pastor, Wayman AME Church, Bloomington. He completed his training and residency in Clinical Pastoral Education at BroMenn Medical Center and became a Hospital Chaplain there in August 2003. His spiritual maturity and gentle, comforting nature were clearly utilized in this role, and he continued as a volunteer Chaplain at the Community Cancer Center until he retired in 2008. Arthur’s community service included: Member, Board of Directors, Home Sweet Home Mission, Bloomington; Advisory Committee, Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Education for African Americans, Normal; Member, Board of Directors’ Nominating Committee for BroMenn Hospital, Normal; and member, East View Christian Church Promise Keepers Prayer and Accountability group. He participated in a mission trip to Haiti in November 2000, sponsored by the East View Christian Church, a trip that profoundly impacted him. Arthur obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Governors State University in 1974. His career included positions as a Bank Examiner, IL Department of Revenue Supervisor, and retired from the Illinois Department of Transportation. Through the many roles described above, and in the course of his daily life, he provided spiritual guidance and support to many people, including life applications of Scripture in family issues such as marriage and parenting, as well as comforting the sick and the grieving. Arthur is survived by four children, Patricia Austin (Thomas), Dwight Beale (Jodi), Renee Patterson (Jay), and Arthur Beale III, 6 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchilden. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Jewel, and two children, Reggie Beale and Ayler Beale. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, September 18, at 2:00pm, at East Lawn Funeral Home, 1102 Airport Road, Bloomington. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Bloomington. Visitation will be on Monday, September 17, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the funeral home.
- Neville House
- Visitation Monday, September 17, 2018
- Funeral Service Tuesday, September 18, 2018
- Graveside Service Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Arthur E. Beale, Jr.
September 19, 2018
Dear Beale family,
I was shocked when I read about Arthur. I know how much he loved Jewel and was heart-broken when she died. He also had serious health problems. I did not know Arthur except through Jewel but know that both loved their family and were exceptional people.
My sympathy goes out to you in losing both parents in such a short period. This is a difficult time and I am sending my sincere condolences to you.
September 18, 2018
Prayers to the Beale family. Arthur had such an impression in my life! I will always remember his wisdom and his smile. During a difficult time in my life, he provided me with guidance and showed me a better direction. He talked often about how proud he was of his family.
With the most respect,
September 17, 2018
Your father was a chaplain at BroMenn when my husband passed on. I will never forget the comfort and peace he gave me at a time when it was most needed. I truly believe that I felt the presence of God through his arms when he held me in the moments after my husband went to heaven. I am grateful this amazing man allowed God to work through him.
Know that you are all in my prayers for peace and comfort.