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Allen M. Beals Jr.

1943 - 2014 POWNAL Allen Mason Beals Jr., 71, of Cary, N.C., died July 9, 2014, after a quiet and courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 16, 1943, and spent his childhood in Annapolis, Md., and summers on the family dairy farm in Pownal. After graduating from Annapolis High, he earned a Business Administration degree from Elon College, and a graduate degree from NC State University in Agricultural Economics. While teaching in the NCSU Agricultural Economics Department from 1966 until his retirement in 2001, he received numerous teaching awards and was designated a NCSU Distinguished Alumni Undergraduate Professor. Allen's gift was his ability to establish lasting relationships with his students not only while in college but after graduation, including children of former students. Allen's joy was his students who returned to family farms or worked in Ag. Business. His teaching legacy will always be his students and their accomplishments. After retirement, Allen's hobby of woodworking turned into a business of making red cedar furniture including rockers, chairs, swings, picnic tables, and various custom pieces. Additionally, he loved cultivating a vegetable garden which he shared with family and friends. He truly treasured playing an active role in the life of his grandchildren. He is survived by his devoted wife of 48 years, Betsy J. Beals; son, Aric B. Beals and his wife, Jill D. Hall of Charlotte, N.C.; grandchildren, Andrew R. Beals and Sarah L. Beals; sisters, Bonnie B. Mastros and Jeanne L. Stewart, both of Annapolis, Md.; sister-in-law, Emily P. Lajoye of Clayton, N.C.; and aunt, Hazel Beals of Lake Bomoseen, Vt. He was preceded in death by his father, Allen M. Beals, Sr.; mother, Beulah M. Shafer; and brother, John Charles Lajoye. FUNERAL NOTICE: A celebration of life service will be held at First United Methodist Church in Cary on Wednesday, July 16, at 3 p.m. where the family will receive friends immediately after the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to NC Ag Foundation, designating the Herman A. Sampson III and Allen M. Beals Jr. Endowment for ABM Students in the Ag Institute. Visit brownwynnecary.com for a more detailed tribute.
Published in Bennington Banner on July 14, 2014
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