KINGS MOUNTAIN-John Thomas "Tom" Beam, 82, resident of 113 Country Grove Road, Kings Mountain, died Feb. 11, 2013, at Kings Mountain Hospice House.
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He was born in Cleveland County to the late Henry Lee Beam and Lela Westmoreland Beam. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Iva Lingerfelt Beam; son, Michael K. Beam; sisters, Polly Ledford and Betty Richardson; and brother, Robert L. "Bob" Beam .
Mr. Beam was retired with more than 20 years of service from Akers Motor Lines, Charlotte. He was a member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Kings Mountain. He was a mason for more than 50 years, a member of the Fairview Masonic Lodge #339, a Scottish Rite Shriner and a member of the Oasis Shrine Club.
He is survived by his daughters, Lynn Lovelace Brown and husband Wayne of Shelby, Jane Lovelace Redmond and husband Jeff of Kingsport, Tenn.; daughter-in-law, Kathy Beam of Gastonia; brother, Harry Beam and wife Marie of Grover; five grandchildren, Lee Beam and wife Madeline, Amy Blanton and husband Chad, Caroline Redmond, Casey Lockler and husband Joseph, and Brady Goforth and wife Anita; seven great-grandchildren; and seven nieces and nephews.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain.
Funeral Service: 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church
Officiated By: Pastor Peter Setzer
Burial: Grover Cemetery
Funeral Home: Harris Funeral Home of Kings Mountain is serving the family
Memorials: May be made to St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 201 N. Piedmont Ave, Kings Mountain, N.C. 28086 or Hospice of Cleveland County, Kings Mtn. Hospice House, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, N.C. 28150
A guest register is available at www.harrisfunerals.com
Published in Shelby Star on Feb. 13, 2013