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Retired Army major general was community leader

By Jack Brammer of the Lexington Herald-Leader

Retired Army Maj. Gen. Charles Beach Jr. of Beattyville, who was awarded the Purple Heart during World War II and later served on various state and local agency boards and commissions, died Wednesday on Veterans Day. He was 90.

A 1940 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va., Beach was wounded in action in May 1944 in Italy and spent eight months in a military hospital in Memphis.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

After his release from active duty, Beach was assigned to the U.S. Army Reserves. He was re-commissioned in the U.S. Army in 1957 as a major. In 1961, his unit was called to active duty in Arkansas due to the Berlin crisis.

In 1976, Beach became the 18th commander of the 100th Division, the All Kentucky Army Reserve Training Division and was promoted to major general.

In civilian life, Beach's public duty included chairmanship of the People Exchange Bank and Insurance and the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.

For 58 years, he was president of the Beattyville/Lee County Chamber of Commerce.

Newnam Funeral Home in Beattyville is handling arrangements.

Visitation will be St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Beattyville from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.

A private funeral will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. A public service with full military rites will follow at the Riverview Cemetery in Beattyville.

Following interment, a reception celebrating Beach's life will be held at the home of his son, Charles Beach III, and his daughter-in-law, Helen Beach, in Beattyville.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to St. Thomas Church.

Published in Lexington Herald-Leader from Nov. 11 to Dec. 16, 2009
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