CHERRYVILLE - Ruth Beam Stroup, 80, of Old Post Road, died Aug. 26, 2012, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center.
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She was born Aug. 28, 1931, in Gaston County, daughter of the late D. Beverly and Bryte Sain Beam.
Mrs. Stroup was an educator, teacher, and leader of young minds having retired after 33 years of public school teaching, from
Gaston County Schools in 1995, as an eighth grade History teacher but held many other duties in her career. She was admired and loved by her students, friends and commu-nity. Ruth was a graduate of Belmont Abbey College, longtime member of St. John's Lutheran Church, active in the Daughters of the American Revolu-tion, NCAE and NEA, Cherryville Historical Society, and various other community groups.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth E. Stroup, Sr. in 1983 and two brothers William Glenn Beam and Cline J. Beam.
She is survived by her sons Kenneth E. Stroup, Jr. and wife Jean of Morristown, NJ and Joseph Ben Stroup and wife Juliana of
Lorton, VA, two grand-sons Noah Ryan and Kenneth Cline Stroup of Lorton, VA., a sister in law Helen M. Beam of Roanoke, VA, caregivers and close friends Thelma Davis, Marcina McClain, Jeanette Oates, and Jennifer Corry and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 PM at St. John's Lutheran Church, with Dr. Eric Childers officiating with burial in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday at Carpenter's Funeral Home from 7-9 PM and other times at the home.
Memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, PO Box 100, Cherryville, NC 28021.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Published in Gaston Gazette on Aug. 28, 2012