Joan Victor Fleming Beumeler of Panama City, Florida, passed away peacefully in her home on April 7, 2014, at the age of 85.
Mrs. Beumeler was born on March 18, 1929, in Mobile, Alabama, to William Forrest Fleming and Bessie Mitchell Fleming. The Army Corps of Engineers moved the Fleming family to Panama City, Florida, in 1935 when Mr. Fleming was commissioned to lead the construction of the St. Andrew Jetties.
Mrs. Beumeler attended Huntington College in Montgomery, Alabama, where she excelled in musical studies. She worked at Bay National Bank of Panama City, the First National Bank of Panama City, and was the executive chef for the Christo family at Bay Bank of Panama City.
Mrs. Beumeler spent her life in service to friends, family, and her community. She was the choir director at the First Methodist Church of Lynn Haven and was the assistant choir director at the First United Methodist Church of Panama City. A great humanitarian, she supported numerous benevolence ministries and organizations with the distinct mission of serving individuals and children in need.
In the late 1980s, two special people came to enrich the life of Mrs. Beumeler: her husband, Col. Wayne Marcellus Beumeler (USAF Ret), and her great niece, Kathryn Whitehurst. Col. Beumeler, a World War II B24 pilot, showered his bride with love and prepared well for her care before his passing in November 2007. Kathryn was an integral part of the Beumelers' lives from her earliest years. They took an active role in her day to day activities and it was with great joy they watched her excel in academics, sports, and life.
"Jolie," as she was affectionately known, selflessly cared for her siblings and provided excellent end-of-life care for those whom she loved. She enjoyed decorating for formal events and entertaining her great nieces, great nephews, and their friends by providing "Jolie treats" by the pool. Mrs. Beumeler was a member of the St. Andrew Bay Yacht Club Petit Point, the Junior Service League of Panama City, and the First Baptist Church of Panama City.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Wayne; two brothers, Sam Calhoun Fleming and Robert Armistead Fleming; sisters, Inez Daley, Aleene Hutchison, Maggie Whitehurst, and Mable Smith. She is survived by a host of friends and family members who will greatly miss her company, sweet Jo Willie treats, and the timeless charm she exuded when walking into a room.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 11, at the First Baptist Church of Panama City. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Wilson Funeral Home on Thursday, April 10, from 6 until 8 p.m. Pallbearers asked to serve are: Dr. Joe Harbison, Col. Joe Manning (USAF Ret), Forrest Fleming Whitehurst, Jr., Arvester Lee Davis, Jr., William Daughdrill, Harvey Hollingsworth, Tem Fontaine, and John Henry Sherman. The honorary pallbearers are the Bay High School Class of 1947 and E. Clay Lewis.
"Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty." (KJV, Psalm 91)
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Published in Panama City News Herald on Apr. 10, 2014