Kenneth Beam Sr.

January 20, 1937May 23, 2010

Kenneth Beam, Sr., 73, of Fort Smith, AR passed away Sunday, May 23, 2010 in Barling. He was the owner of Beam Asphalt and Beam Crane Service. He was preceded in death by his parents, Neal and Rosie Beam, a brother, Jim Beam and one nephew, Danny Smith.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday, May 28, 2010 at McConnell Funeral Home Chapel in Greenwood with burial at Hartford Memorial Park. Viewing will be Thursday from 1 – 9 p.m. at the funeral home, where the family will visit with friends from 6 – 8 p.m.

He is survived by two sons, Kenneth Beam, Jr. and wife, Virginia of Van Buren and Steve Beam and wife, Debra of Barling; one daughter, Maria Beam of Fort Smith; two brothers, Bill Beam and wife, Marilyn of Mulberry and Larry Beam and wife, Jean of Van Buren; two sisters, Irene Elmore of San Pedro, CA and Elizabeth Smith of Fort Smith; six grandchildren, Kevin Beam and wife, Cheryl of Van Buren, Amanda Frazier and husband, Dave of Glasgow, Scotland, Steven Beam, Jr. and wife, Sydnee of Fayetteville, Joshua Beam and wife, Elizabeth of Centerton, Brandy Ree and husband, Aaron of Fort Smith and Kyle Beam of Fort Smith; eight great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members and friends.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Beam, Steven Beam, Jr., Joshua Beam, Kyle Beam, Eddie Smith, David Smith, and Aaron Ree

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 320 No. Greenwood Ave., Fort Smith, AR 72901.

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Frank Scaramuzza

June 14, 2010

On Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 2:01 PM, Frank Louis Scaramuzza wrote:

Kenny, Stevie, and Maria
The earliest time that I remember your Dad was when we were kids and the Beams lived in Bonanza. We wanted to play ball and the only ball that we had was a Ball bearing that was about 2" in diameter. We put tape around it to enlarge the size. Ken was the batter and I was the designated pitcher. Well I pitched and he hit the make shift ball which hit me dead center of my forehead above my eye brows. I was taken to the Dr. in Bonanza and he treated and released me. The scar still remains but the good times that your dad and I had still remain with me.
May God Bless you and the rest of the Beam family in your time of sorrow. I know your Dad is in a better place and we shall meet again..
Your cousin,
Frank Louis Scaramuzza

May 29, 2010

I was out of town this week and got a call from relatives in Ft. Smith telling me about Kenneth. Looking through your photo album brought back a lot of memories. He was SO proud of his children and grandchildren. Your whole family is a part of happy memories I have of growing up in Ft. Smith. I can close my eyes and picture that hay field on my daddy's farm and the "Beam boys" who hauled the hay . Daddy cut, I raked, Daddy bailed and the "Beam boys" hauled it to the barn. I wish I could have been there for his service. Thank you for the pictures and the good memories. I'm truly sorry for your loss. Shirley (Watson) Rose

Shirley Gillis

May 29, 2010

Liz,sorry to hear of your loss.Our prayers are with you.Shirley Gillis& family

Sharyn Steinmetz

May 27, 2010

Kenneth loved his family so very much. His smile, good heart, God given voice will always be remembered by those he touched. God bless his family that meant so much to him.

May 27, 2010

Maria and family sorry to read about the death of your Father. My thoughts and prayers go out to all...
Julie Bugg (Ft. Smith, AR)

Rick Maestri

May 27, 2010

We are truely sorry for your loss our heart goes out to you and your family. The Maestri's

Leanne Harris

May 27, 2010

I had the wonderful honor of meeting Mr. Kenneth Beam not to long ago. He had the kindest eyes and the most heart warming smile. He was a pleasure to take care of, and always made me smile! I am truly sorry for your loss.

Jim Bill Wells

May 26, 2010

I remember Kenneth from School, I was a couple of years older, but We had some classes together. In later years I was on The Ft. Smith Fire Dept. & drove a truck for Herb Hampton, Who's shop was across 28th St. from Kenneth's shop. I was working at The Fire Dept. the night there was a fire at Kenneth's shop. I remember Kenneth as being a very good, & very moral person, never spoke badly about anyone. He will be missed.

Sharron Ball-Bailey

May 26, 2010

I pray that God will make your hearts light and joyful as you recall all your wonderful memories of Kenneth.

I would like to share a few of my memories. Your family will probably not remember me, but I remember Kenneth's parents and family with some very fond memories, thanks to my departed father and brother, Verlon and Gale Ball.

I was a very small girl when daddy worked for Neal. He would come home sharing intersting and funny stories of things he and Neal, Kenneth, and Larry had said and done. Then, Gale grew up and was associated with Kenneth and his company for a time.

As a young girl, I was smitten with Kenneth's good looks. I remember when he married and shortlty afterward, Dad, Mom, and I were invited to dinner at their tiny apartment on the north side of Ft. Smith.

I was so pleased when Kenneth came to Gale's funeral in Nov,1996. He was like a warm comforting memory from years past. Then, when dad passed in August of 2000, I contacted Kenneth and asked him to be a pallbearer and he graciously consented.

My husband, Don, and I were freight brokers and in need of a crane service to help load some heavey equipment, and of course my first thought was Kenneth. We called him, and again he graciously consented, and broutht his crane to our assistance. We had the opportunity to sit and visit with him in our office one day, and we shared funny stories and lots of laughter from those years past, when daddy was building such good memories in my mind of the Beam family. I will never forget.

Sharron Ball-Bailey

Jean & Larry Beam

May 25, 2010

We always loved to hear Kenneth sing in Church. Even though he sounded a lot like Elvis we still enjoyed his own style and sound. He will be greatly missed, his little antics and friendly smile. Quite a handsome man too.

Blessings to all his kids and grands. Always remember the fun times and that he is only gone from here but we will see him again.

Jean and Larry