Thomas "Tom" Arthur Beal

January 1, 1938May 5, 2021

Thomas Arthur Beal passed this earth and moved on up on May 5, 2021. Born January 1, 1938 to Paul Thomas Beal and Doris Brown Beal in Knoxville, TN. He graduated from Powell High School in 1956. Belonged to the 119th AC&W Flight Air National Guard at McGhee Tyson Air Base from 1956 to 1962 attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. He worked at Long's Drug Store in his younger years, Hull Dobbs Motor Company and Standard Knitting Mills as a knitter machinist. Tom retired from Rohm and Haas Knoxville as a pipefitter after 35 years of service. He was a good Christian man. Former member of Beaver Dam Baptist Church in Halls and present member of Bayside Baptist Church in Harrison, Tennessee. Tom and his family moved to Harrison, TN 6 years ago to be near family. He enjoyed farming, fishing, making furniture, gardening and fixing things. He even built their home in Halls with some help. Tom and his brother David, owned and worked their farm in Halls for over 30 years. He was a hard worker, good provider and loving husband to the love of his life, Rita for 60 years. He was a loving Dad and Papaw to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by parents, Paul and Doris Beal; sister, Peggy Beal Whitlock.

Survived by his wife, Rita; daughter, Angela and husband, Chancellor Jeffrey Atherton Sr. of Harrison; son, Dr. Thomas and wife, Sarah Beal of Otego, New York; grandchildren, Stanley and Melissa Atherton of Nashville, Dr. Jeffrey and Hannah Atherton of Chattanooga, Hannah Mae Atherton, Paul Thomas Atherton of Harrison, Zoey and Hudson Beal of Otego, New York; great grandchildren, Barrett, Gwyn and Dean Atherton of Nashville, "Big Brother" David and Mary Ann Beal of Moorestown, NJ; brother-in-law and special friend, Arland Whitlock and Debbie of Lenoir City; several nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to Primary Care Physician, Dr. Janak Naik, Dr. Warren, Dr. Jones and the staff at Chattanooga Heart Institute for all their care. Heartfelt thanks to Hearth Hospice of Chattanooga for their loving care, especially, Deborah Turner and Theresa Mead.

Family and friends will meet Sunday, May 9, 2021 at Caledonia Cemetery, 7817 North Ruggles Ferry Pike, Knoxville for a 2:00pm Graveside Service officiated by Chancellor Jeffrey Atherton Sr. The family invites friends to share fond memories and sign the online guestbook at


  • Graveside Service

    Sunday, May 9, 2021


Thomas "Tom" Arthur Beal

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Fred Owenby

May 9, 2021

Dear Rita, Angela, and Thomas, Bobbie and I are so sorry for your loss. However, we will all, who have placed our faith in Jesus the Christ, join him soon.😊👏🙏. Tom was an excellent worker at Rohm and Haas. He was very instrumental in training me to become a Pipefitter/Welder. He encouraged me as I led our Local#90 Union to focus on our Christian values. I really appreciated our friendship and I remember all the prayers of Rita before Tom became an active Christian. Feel free to call me anytime. 865-307-0020. So sorry we missed the service today. In Christ’s Great Love, Fred and Bobbie Owenby