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Helen Sloan Brown Beacham, 93, of Jacksonville, passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at New Hanover Hospital in Wilmington.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today, March 8 at Jones Funeral Home in Jacksonville. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9 at First Baptist Church on Gum Branch Road, Jacksonville. The graveside service will be held at Onslow Memorial Park, Richlands Hwy. in Jacksonville.
Helen Beacham, born April 18, 1919, in Matthews, and was married to the late Carl Julius Beacham Sr., Dec. 7, 1937, their union lasted 51 years. The Beachams moved from Charlotte to Jacksonville in 1941, where Mr. Beacham was a mechanic for the large equipment building Camp Lejeune Marine Base, and Mrs. Beacham was a homemaker raising a young family. They loved Jacksonville, its people, were active in the community, and made it their permanent home.
Helen Beacham was an avid golfer and member of the Jacksonville Country Club, Gardenerettes Garden club member, and member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, now Covenant Reformed Church of Jacksonville. At least three churches were started within her home, where "Glory parties" were a common occurrence. Her undying belief in God gave her remarkable strength in difficult times, while she was eager to give praise and worship daily for God's mercies. She was quick to quote scripture and was a fervent prayer warrior; her life became a wonderful example of faith for the family and to all who knew her.
She was a caring, loving person, giving to others when she was aware of the need. Her kitchen was always open and the dining room table held the best in Southern food, served with love and warm conversation, and "strangers" became immediate extended family members. "Meme's" fried peach pies, chicken and dumplings, and coconut cake with seven minute icing were treasured, even fought over.
She was creative in many areas like sewing for the home or family, from drapes to wedding dresses, and creating flower arrangements, especially from her yard. Her home was comfortable and "lived in," and she loved having visitors. Portraits of every family member, child, grandchild and their artwork lined the walls, counters and the refrigerator. Children were always welcome and she delighted in their presence.
Helen Beacham's patience, kindness, faith and love will always be remembered.
Carl Julius Beacham Sr., and grandson, Graham Beacham, precede Helen Beacham in death.
Her surviving children are Carl J. Beacham Jr., Fred E. Beacham, Judy B. Stephenson, Jane B. Sortino, Steve Beacham, Helen B. Aitken and Joanne B. McNamara. Grandchildren surviving are, Carl Beacham III, Stephen Beacham, Allison Smith, Jennifer Person, Jerry Stephenson Jr., Roxanne Manley, Stephen Sortino Jr., Heather Pace, Jason Beacham, Joshua Beacham, Stephanie Beacham, Will Aitken, Hunter McNamara, Caitlin McNamara and Keegan McNamara. There are also 17 great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations go to the Carl and Helen Beacham Scholarship Fund at Coastal Carolina Community College, 444 Western Blvd, Jacksonville, NC 28546.
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