Loretta Beam

June 27, 1930February 1, 2011

Loretta Beam, 80, of, Nebo, NC, passed away Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at Autumn Care of Marion. She was born in Avery County, NC, to the late David Thomas Dellinger and Gertrude Nicole Burleson Dellinger.

Mrs. Beam is preceded in death by her husband Rev. Fred Beam, Jr.; and two brothers and five sisters.

She is survived by a son Jay Beam, wife Linda, of Nebo, Steve Beam, wife Virginia, of Forest City, Danita Gibbs, husband Joseph, of Nebo, Donna Thomas, husband Keith, of Marion, Patricia Simon, husband Dean, of Lawndale; Grandchildren Steve, Jr., Joshua, Jakan, Nikki, Zach, Xandi, Zach Thomas, Devon Thomas, Jamie Crist, and Shawna Khan,; and eight Great-Grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM on Friday, February 4, 2011 at McCall Memorial Chapel at Kirksey Funeral Home in Marion with the Rev. Mark Lawing, and Rev. Steve Beam officiating. Visitation will be Thursday February 3, 2011 at Kirksey Funeral Home in Marion, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Interment will be at Hillcrest Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery.

Kirksey Funeral Home in Marion is assisting the family.

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  • Funeral Service Friday, February 4, 2011
  • Visitation Thursday, February 3, 2011


  • Committal Service

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March 4, 2011

Loretta and I were pen pals for 14 years. You learn alot about friends in letters. Loretta was truly a Christian lady. She loved her family and spoke so often about her children being so devoted to her and always doing so much for her. You are in my prayers and I miss her friendship very much. Georgia Smith, Winston-Salem,nc

Marilyn Mainer

February 15, 2011

Danita, I'm so sorry, we can never be prepared for such a loss. I lost my precious Mother just December and I know how you're hurting. I also wonder if the pain will ever ease. Your friend, Marilyn

Don Roland

February 7, 2011

Sorry for your loss,if Barbara & I can do anything, please don't hesitate to call.
Don & Barbara Roland

Lou Anne Burleson Clark

February 5, 2011

I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of your precious mother and my cousin. May God give you comfort and peace during this time of grief. Lou Anne Burleson Clark

February 4, 2011

Dear Donna and family, my heart felt thoughts are with each of you at this time. This is truly one of the best all around families that I have EVER known. Each one of you demonstrate traits of your parents and grandparents. You all are truly blessed to have had such wonderful inspiration to follow. Please know that I am thinking about each of you and praying that God will give you the grace you need to get through this difficult time. The Beam family is one that has been blessed by wonderful God fearing parents and that treasure will be with each of you forever. I hope you all find comfort in the Lord and all of the friends in each one of your lives. God bless each one of you. Pam Clark

Ray & Rhonda Price

February 4, 2011

Dearest Beam family,
We are sad to hear of your loss. We did not know in time to visit, but know our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Loretta was one-of-a-kind, geniune, just like Fred. There is rejoicing in Heaven, shouting and new life today, because of a life given and a life taken. Will continue to pray our Father's mercy will extend as long as you need it. Love you all,
Ray, Rhonda, Matthew & Andy, Faye Pack

February 4, 2011

Loretta was a very sweet lady. I enjoyed our trips together with Angela & Trish. May God give you peace and comfort during this difficult time. Please accept my deepest sympathy and prayers.
Love and concern,
Ann Bumgarner

February 4, 2011

Sorry for the loss of your Mother,we cousins are certainly going to miss her too.Will keep the family in our prayers...Leota Garrison Morganton NC

Cheryl Davis

February 4, 2011

To the Beam family- My thoughts and Prayers are with you. May you find peace in knowing she is at rest and find comfort in your memories.
Donna- Thank you for arranging for our visit with her on the mountain last summer. It is a special memory I will cherish.

Revonda West

February 4, 2011

Jay & Linda,
I'm so sorry for your loss. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
I love you guys,
Revonda Plemmons West