Anne Dupre Lumpkin Beach

October 8, 1945February 20, 2021


SMITHFIELD – Anne Dupré Lumpkin Beach, age 75, passed away on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill as a result of complications from COVID-19.

Anne was born on October 8, 1945 in Charleston, SC to the late Reverend William Wallace Lumpkin and the late Dallas Hirst Lumpkin. She moved to Pittsburgh, PA in 1948 and then to Rock Hill, SC in 1951 where she spent the rest of her childhood. After graduating from Rock Hill High School, she double-majored in English and History at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, where she was inducted into the USC chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, was one of 36 USC students selected for the 1967 edition of ‘Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities’, and graduated with high honors in 1967. She then earned her master’s degree in History at the University of Georgia. She married Robert H. Beach, Jr. in 1968 while in graduate school. The couple moved to Virginia and then Pennsylvania, where they raised their children on their dairy farm in Halifax, PA for 20 years before moving to North Carolina.

Anne was a devoted mother who focused on ensuring that her children were able to pursue their interests and passions. Before her first child was born and again as her youngest children got older, she taught at colleges in Georgia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina and was a substitute teacher for Halifax Area School District. She loved taking pictures, journaling and scrapbooking, antiques, history, genealogy, and traveling to new places, but most of all she enjoyed talking to and spending time with her family and friends. One of her favorite times of year was the annual Lumpkin family reunion in Edisto Beach, SC. All year long, she looked forward to the opportunity to return to the beach and see her extended family. In late 2020, Anne published a memoir, Weeds Growing through the Bottom of the Boat, to preserve childhood memories of summers spent at her family’s beloved Edisto Island for her extended family and future generations.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother William W. Lumpkin, Jr. and granddaughter Susannah.

Mrs. Beach is survived by her husband of 52 years, Robert Henry Beach, Jr.; her four children and 17 grandchildren: Robert Henry Beach, III and his wife Rachel Lynn Beach (Andrew, Ashley, Benjamin, Rebecca, Emily, Samuel, Matthew, Jacob, and Clara); Dallas Elizabeth Griswold and her husband James William Griswold (Sarah, Maxwell, and Ryan), David Wallace Beach and his wife Kellee Brown Beach (Caden and Cabrie), and Lauren Hope Beach Wilkins (Sawyer, Silas, and Salem); six brothers and sisters: Dallas Lumpkin Garbee and her husband Richard Eldridge Garbee, Dr. Arthur Hirst Lumpkin and his wife Karen Taylor Lumpkin, Dr. Alexander Henderson Lumpkin and his wife Dr. Janice Park Lumpkin, Elisabeth (Betty) Lumpkin Gregory and her husband John Demetrius Gregory, Reverend Michael Robertson Lumpkin and his wife Ellen Bennett Lumpkin, and Julia Lumpkin Kana and her husband Dr. Timothy William Kana; as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, there will be a small private memorial service at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Smithfield, NC. Interment at Trinity Episcopal Church, Edisto Island, SC, will take place at a later date.

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McLaurin Funeral Home in Clayton is honored to be assisting the Beach family.


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Judy Batson Ricks

February 25, 2021

Dear Beach Family,

I was so sad when Rachel called to inform me of Anne's passing. Anne was one of my dearest friends. We spent many interesting and fun times together. Even in doctors' offices there was something to laugh about.

Anne loved chicken strips, fries and diet coke with NO ice. Even in upscale restaurants when I thought she would order something healthy she ordered, guess what? On our trip to Ireland she ate a lot of "Chips (chicken) and fries".

We laughed and shared when we were together. She dearly loved ALL of her family. I feel I personally know each of you. I am thrilled to know "Weeds growing from the bottom of the boat" will be shared by all of the family. It is such fun memories even for friends to read. I hoped she would get it published in a book for the Edisto residents to enjoy.

I will cherish Anne's memory and will miss her for years to come.
Prayers for your family,
Judy Batson Ricks

Michael Hostetter

February 23, 2021

I am sorry to hear of Anne's passing. She was such a warm and caring person. She will be missed.

Jenkins Lumpkin

February 22, 2021

My thoughts are with you during the difficult days and weeks ahead. Sending peace and love.


Erika Haak

February 22, 2021

We are all so sorry to hear about Anne's death. She was such a vibrant and full-of-life woman. I have so many memories of sleepovers, hanging in the barn, backyard playing, and joy being at the Beach farm when I was growing up. Sending hugs and prayers for the family.

Love, Erika, Chris, Seth, and Sam