CHERRYVILLE - John "J.B." Bennett Beam, 88, of 111 Harrilson Road, formerly of Gastonia, died April 1, 2011, at his residence.
He was born
March 31, 1923 in Gaston County son of the late Claude Burlin and Cordia
Maybell Setzer Beam. Mr. Beam was a former choir director of Lowell Baptist
Church and Alexis Baptist Church where he was a member, Deacon, Organist
and Sunday School Teacher. J.B. was a U.S. Army WWII Veteran, Graduate
of Western Carolina University, held a Masters Degree from George Peabody
University, and a former Semi Pro Baseball Player.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers Burlin Beam and Glenn Beam three sisters, Ruth Ray, Velma Norman and Margie Ray.
Survivors include his wife Sara Nell Dill Beam of the residence, his daughter Kathy Beam and Rebecca Cass, of Gastonia, two brothers, Bobby Beam, of Lincolnton, Kenneth Beam, of Lincolnton, a number of nieces, nephews, cousins friends and neighbors.
Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Sunday in Cone Memorial Chapel of Carpenter's Funeral Home, Cherryville, with the Rev. Bob Bodenheimer offi-ciating.
Burial will be in Gaston Memorial Park, Gastonia.
The family will receive friends from1:30 to 2:45 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Foundation, 3800 Shamrock Drive # 999, Charlotte, NC 28215-3220 or Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150.