Vernie Cleveland Beal

March 30, 1927January 28, 2021

Vernie Cleveland Beal, 93, of Evansville made his trip to heaven into the open arms of Jesus on January 28, 2021, at River Pointe Health Campus. He was born March 30, 1927 in Hopkins County KY.

Vernie quit high school to serve his country in the U.S. Navy and later went back to get his degree. He married Wilma Ruth Burlison on April 22, 1950. She was his soul mate, partner and best friend, and made her heavenly journey on November 14, 2017 where she has been eagerly awaiting his arrival!

He worked for many years at Emge Packaging in Evansville, first as a butcher and then as a salesman. He was a very successful businessman who never had the phrase, “I can’t” in his vocabulary. Vernie made friends everywhere he went and was a gentle, kind and compassionate person. Once you met him, you loved him. He was a long-time member of Bethany Christian Church Disciples of Christ where he was a good and faithful servant. He served there in many capacities. He was an awesome Christian, never ashamed to share his love of the Lord with others. His life truly glorified God.

He was preceded in heaven by parents, Grover and Lilly Beal; wife, Wilma Ruth (Burlison) Beal; sisters, Opal Hancock, Verda Hill, Anna Lou Ranes; brothers, Bill and John Beal; and two infant siblings.

Vernie is survived by nieces, Vicki Offutt, Janet Beal, Lana Jones, Mary Morris, Reba Burris, Susan Young, Judy Miller and Kim Maddux; nephews, Jerry Beal, Corky Ranes, George Hill and Kenneth Dale Hays.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at River Pointe Health Campus for taking such great care of our uncle. We would also like to thank a wonderful and dear friend, Don Cox who watched over him for the last several years and made sure he had everything he needed and wanted. Don was truly his earthly angel. Vernie’s family will never forget Don’s kindness to their awesome and one of a kind uncle.

Friends may visit on Monday, February 1, 2021 from 12:30 pm to service time at Alexander Memorial Park – Chapel of Remembrance. A Celebration of Vernie’s Life will take place at 1:30 pm and live streamed at and officiated by Pastor Kyle Hunter and Dr. Daniel S. Lovell. Entombment will follow.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bethany Christian Church.

Condolences may be made online at


  • Vicki Offutt, Niece
  • Janet Beal, Niece
  • Lana Jones, Niece
  • Mary Morris, Niece
  • Reba Burris, Niece
  • Susan Young, Niece
  • Judy Miller, Niece
  • Kim Maddux, Niece
  • Jerry Beal, Nephew
  • Corky Ranes, Nephew
  • George Hill, Nephew
  • Kenneth Dale Hays, Nephew
  • Grover Cleveland Beal, Father (deceased)
  • Lilly (Middleton) Beal, Mother (deceased)
  • Wilma Ruth (Burlison) Beal, Wife (deceased)
  • Opal Hancock, Sister (deceased)
  • Verda Hill, Sister (deceased)
  • Anna Lou Ranes, Sister (deceased)
  • Bill Beal, Brother (deceased)
  • John Beal, Brother (deceased)
  • 2 Infant, Siblings (deceased)
  • Don Cox, Friend

  • Bethany Christian Church


  • Visitation at Alexander Memorial Park - Chapel of Remembrance

    Monday, February 1, 2021

  • Celebration of Vernie's Life at Alexander Memorial Park - Chapel of Remembrance

    Monday, February 1, 2021


Vernie Cleveland Beal

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Michael, Ashley, Natalia, Carlos, & Nadia Maddux

February 1, 2021

Uncle Vern was one of the wisest and most caring people that I have known. It was my pleasure and privilege to be able to have him in my life. He was a deeply devoted Christian, and I have fond memories of attending church with him and Aunt Wilma while visiting them in Evansville. He was the first person to introduce me to John Deere, as well as Juicy Fruit chewing gum (two things that he was very fond of). He taught me many valuable life lessons which I have and will continue to appreciate and cherish throughout my life. I will miss him very much, but I know that he has gone home to be with his heavenly father, and his beloved wife. I know they were both eagerly waiting for him at heavens gates. I love you Uncle Vern!

LouAnn Shoaff

February 1, 2021

Vernie and Wilma were wonderful people. They were our next door neighbors and we so enjoyed knowing them. Their love for each other was shown in the stories they told of their life, work, and devotion to each other. Christ was always a partner with them.
Our heart goes out to your family.

Steve and LouAnn Shoaff

Mike Fisher

January 31, 2021

Vernie was and is to me a true Christian and inspiration. He and Wilma welcomed me and my family when we first went to Bethany and thereafter. We played golf, prayed, went to Bible class, worked at the church together and I learned how to be a much better person from him. He has been missed since Georgia and I moved to Indy in 2001 except when he and Wilma welcomed us in their home when we drove through Evansville on our way to Florida. I know he has been promoted to be in heaven. You relatives and church members are blessed to be associated with him and your memories. God blessed us all who knew Vernie!

Linda Dyer

January 30, 2021

Vernie was a wonderful person. I attended Bethany Church for many years and he was a fine example of a Christian man. May he Rest in Peace. Linda Dyer

Linda James

January 30, 2021

Though I moved away from Evansville many years ago, I remember Vernie as a truly kind and caring man and a true blessing in my early years. He and Wilma were very present during my youth. They provided transportation to and from summer church camp for me and were supportive as my church family at Bethany. My deepest sympathy goes to his family for their loss. I know he will be happily reunited with Wilma in heaven.
Linda James