Edwards Funeral Home

201 North 12th Street, Fort Smith, AR


Nevin Allen Beachy

May 29, 1932January 13, 2020
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NEVIN ALLEN BEACHY, 87, of Fort Smith, AR, passed away on January 13, 2020. Visitation will be on Friday, January 17, 2020 from 5-7 pm at Edwards Funeral Home, 201 N. 12th St., Fort Smith, AR and a Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 10:00am on January 18, 2020 at Grace Fellowship Church, 10303 State Hwy 45, Fort Smith, AR. Edwards Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Nevin Beachy was born on May 29, 1932 in Greenwood, DE to the late Alvin and Pauline (Bender) Beachy. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a sister, Vivian Beachy; and brother, Willard Beachy. He is survived by his loving wife, Anna Marie (Hershberger) Beachy; sons, Allen (Janet) of Fort Smith, Wayne (Cathy) of Broken Arrow, OK; and daughters, Cindy (Tim) Bryan of Hendersonville, TN, Grace (David) Strong of Windermere, FL; fifteen grandchildren, Alisa Phommavong, Michelle Howard, Keith Beachy, Caitlyn Shipley, Matthew Beachy, Justin Bryan, Cody Bryan, Evan Bryan, Park Beachy, Pierce Beachy, Paige Beachy, Jake Strong, Eli Strong, Isaiah Strong and Anna Strong; eight great-grandchildren; brothers, Lester (Mary) Beachy of Greenwood, DE, Leonard (Carolyn) Beachy of Lebanon, OH; and sisters, Grace (Harvey) Mast of Greenwood, DE, Beatrice (Leonard) Stutzman of Greenwood, DE, and Donna (Wayne) Burkhart of Monterey, MA.

Nevin was raised in the Conservative Mennonite church and because of his stance as a conscientious objector, he served in alternative service for his country by rebuilding homes in Germany after WWII. Beginning in 1961, he began a lifelong occupation as a nursing home administrator, and with great compassion did his best to provide loving care and dignity for his patients in the final chapter of their lives. His career took him to nursing homes in Grantsville, MD, El Dorado, AR and Jonesboro, AR where he retired in 1999. In 2013, he and Anna Marie moved to Fort Smith, AR to be near their sons.

Nevin was a devoted follower of Christ. He put God first in everything he did and family was a close second. He was a very active member of the Gideons International and served on the local and state cabinet in Arkansas for many years. He was very active in church and was more than willing to do whatever was necessary to help the pastor as well as members in any capacity.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to The Gideons International at https://www.gideons.org/donate .

To leave an online memory, visit www.edwardsfuneralhome.com


  • Visitation Friday, January 17, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Memorial Service Saturday, January 18, 2020


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Dottie Beachy Hathaway

January 20, 2020

Anna Marie, I'm Alvie and Elsie Beachy's daughter. I remember Nevin when he was the administrator at the Goodwill Home when Grandma (Barbara Beachy) was a resident there. He was always such a kind, fun-loving man, and I know my parents were so grateful that "someone in the family" was leading the Home. They were confident Grandma would receive the best care, and she did. God's blessings to you and your family in your time of grief and loss.

Jerry and Mikie Lou Fielder

January 17, 2020

We shared so much Christian fellowship through the years, some very special times. We shared meals where Nevin chose desert on the first go round "just in case the Lord comes before we finish the meal." We walked out of a cabin on the Buffalo River and there were the Beachys doing the same. Once we got out of our car in an Ozark town to eat lunch and there were the Beachys. We enjoyed every moment God gave us together. Our condolences to you and your family, Anna Marie
Jerry and Mikie Lou

Tony Griffin

January 17, 2020

Dear Beachy family,

I am so sorry to hear of Nevin’s passing. I remember him as a wonderful Christian example and friend to all. My dad certainly enjoyed his company. Know that I am praying for the entire family during this difficult time. May God’s grace and peace sustain you now and always.

Yours in Christ,
Tony Griffin

Brock Fletcher

January 16, 2020

Nevin was such an inspirational man to be around. His kindness, thoughtfulness, and Christian example still impact me today. I’m a better person for having known him, and I both grieve his passing and celebrate his home going. Much love to the family.

Pamela Fite

January 16, 2020

I met Nevin during our time in Jonesboro at Trinity Church. Where you saw him, you would see Anna Marie. Such a great couple & example of what a marriage & child of God should be! My condolences to the family!

Kathryn Warren

January 16, 2020

Nevin was a kind, gentle man. He cared for others. If I could have chosen a father, he is one of only a couple I would have chosen. It was always apparent that he loved his wife, who is someone I aspire to be like. They were both immensely missed when they moved from Jonesboro. He won’t be soon forgotten. Definitely, his memory will be a blessing as HE was a blessing to so many.

Stephen and Jacque Evans

January 16, 2020

Dr. Beachy,

Our sincere condolences to you and your family.

Tim Bryan

January 15, 2020

Nevin ,

You were always there for us during our life events and difficult times. I can remember calling you many times to ask for your advice and prayers. Whenever you would pray I could feel the warmth and peace of the Holy Spirit wash over me and bring peace to my situation. I will always remember those times and how you were such a pillar of faith for me and our family. Rest in peace and know you are loved.