Gladys Mae "Sissy" Seaman Beam

July 5, 1928December 9, 2013

Gladys Mae “Sissy” Seaman Beam, 85 of Fort Smith passed away Monday, December 9, 2013. She was born July 5, 1928 in Van Buren to the late Edgar and Pearl Seaman. Mrs. Beam was a Homemaker and was a member of Grand Avenue Baptist Church where she taught the 6th Grade Girls Sunday School Class. She loved teaching and taught at Mother’s Day Out at First Baptist Church, the Arkansas Baptist Assembly in Siloam Springs, and MOPS at Eastside Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband John Beam.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 PM Friday, December 13, 2013 at Grand Avenue Baptist Church with burial to follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Fentress Mortuary.

She is survived by her daughter Renna Kay Rodden and her husband J.C. of Ft. Smith, her son J. Emmett Beam and his wife Crystal of Corinth, Maine, two grandchildren Johnathon and his wife Shonna and Jack E. Rodden and his wife Brittany all of Ft. Smith, five great grandchildren; Elizabeth and Spencer Rodden, Danielle Rodden, and Suann Downing and her husband Josh of Elkins, her sister Bettie Kelly of Fayetteville, GA, a step-brother, John Harvey Dunn of Georgetown, TX, and two nieces; Jo Evelyn Brown of Brooks, GA and Elaine K. Kelly of Boynton Beach, FL two great nieces; Kelly Jo Anderson and Lisa Hyman, and two great nephews; Michael Brown and Jason Hyman.

Visitation will be 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Thursday, December 12, 2013 at the funeral home.

Memorials may be sent to Peachtree Hospice 2910 Jenny Lind Ft. Smith, AR 72901 or to Grand Avenue Baptist Church 3900 Grand Ave. Ft. Smith, AR 72904.


  • Visitation Thursday, December 12, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, December 13, 2013

Gladys Mae "Sissy" Seaman Beam

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December 14, 2013

Emmett: I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to you and your family.

Mary Sharp Daniels

Sarah Weller

December 14, 2013

I see my post did not make it except for my name so I will try again. I wanted you all to know how very sorry I am for your loss. Wishing I could have come to the service today but just was not possible. May God grant you the peace that I know you know is available. Love to all. Sarah

Sabrina Seaton Gessling

December 13, 2013

So sorry for your loss. I grew up just around the corner on North M street from the Beam home on North 33rd. I have many memories of them , Thoughts and Prayers are with the family at this time.
The Lester Cole and Ray Seaton family

Bill White

December 12, 2013

Emmett, Your folks were fine people and I have good memories of them at Grand Avenue. Surely they're together now. I will pray for you and the family.
Bill White