CHERRYVILLE - James Lorn "J.L." Beam Jr., 92, of 408 Farris Drive, passed away Nov. 24, 2010, at Carolina Care Center in Cherryville.
J.L. was born in Gaston County on Jan. 27, 1918, the son of the late James Lorn Beam Sr. and Ola Carpenter Beam. J.L. was a well known architect in Cherryville and Gastonia. He attended Lenoir-Rhyne College, graduated from the School of Architecture at N.C. State University and attended Naval Design School at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He began his career as an architect after graduating from N.C. State and completion of duty with the U.S. Navy
during World War II
. During his career, he designed many churches, schools, businesses and residences in this region. For 83 years he was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Cherryville, where he was a member of the Men's Bible Class and also served on various committees of the church, which he loved.
He was an active volunteer and served on the board of Cherryville Area Ministries, the Salvation Army, Gaston County Economic Development Board and was a 64-year member of the Cherryville Masonic Lodge # 505 A.F. & A.M. and the Cherryville Rotary Club
J.L. was a devoted family man and took great pride in the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren. He was a very humble man and viewed everyone as an equal and a friend. He showed love and kindness to everyone he met. His family would like to especially thank those who loved and cared for him, Terry Pearson, the staff at Carolina Care and Hospice of Cleveland County, and his doctors, who made his long life possible.
J.L. will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 67 years, Lola Stroup Beam; his son, James L. "Jim" Beam III and wife Becky of Cherryville; daughte, Caryl Austell and husband Bob of Cherryville; grandchildren, Elizabeth Austell and Lindsay Beam; step-granddaughters, Paige Tinkler, Amy Turner, Kim Crane and Tessie Smith; and sister, Carolyn Branton and husband Ray of Winston Salem.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home; other times, the family will be at the home.
A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church of Cherryville, with the Revs. Rick Fite and Leonard Bumgardner officiating. Military rites will follow the service in the church.
Burial will be at Cherryville City Memorial Cemetery with Masonic rites.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 601 N. Pink Street, Cherryville, NC 28021; or to Cherryville Area Minis-tries, the United Methodist Childrens Home, 1001 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27104; or the Crossnore School for Children, 100 DAR Drive, Crossnore, NC 28616.
A guest register is available online at www.stameyfuneralhome.com.
Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Beam.