James Bealle
1935 - 2020
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BEALLE, James William Macon- Jim Bealle was born April 26, 1935 to Helen McComb Bealle and James William Bealle in Knoxville, Tennessee. He passed away peacefully on September 15, 2020 in his daughter's home in Bolingbroke, Georgia. A native Tennessean, Jim grew up an only child in Jellico, a small town in Appalachian coal country. As a boy he loved his dog, Jeep, and for fun he would go through the countryside and stand with one foot in Kentucky and one in Tennessee. He left Jellico in seventh grade to attend The McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee but kept up with Jellico friends through several kindergarten reunions throughout his life. After high school, he followed in his father's footsteps to attend Auburn University. At Auburn, Jim joined the Kappa Alpha fraternity and met lifelong friends who called him "Joints" because of his lanky stature. One of his friends, Scrappy, spoke of Jim, "he wasn't much of an athlete, but he was always the smartest guy in the room." The tight-knit group of college friends and their families stayed close over the years, going back to Auburn for football Saturdays and helping each other through life. Jim met the love of his life Janice Johnson on a blind date at Auburn. She loves to tell the story of how nice he sounded on the phone asking for the date. Actually, the voice was not Jim's, but a smooth-talking fraternity brother. The ruse worked, and the two were married ten months later. Jim and Janice have been best friends for almost 63 years. The couple always enjoyed giving Christmas gifts to kids and grandkids, but the biggest pile of presents under the tree always had the ones labeled "to Janice, Love Jim." After graduating from Auburn with a degree in Building Science, Jim and Janice moved to Patrick Air Force Base in Cape Canaveral, Florida where Jim was an officer in the Air Force. It was the height of the space race, and the couple spoke of the excitement each time a rocket was launched from the nearby space center. Their next stop was Birmingham, Alabama where Jim worked for US Steel, and then back to Jellico to work with the family business, McComb Supply Company. Jim and his family set down roots in Atlanta in 1964, where he began a successful career in real estate development. He became an Executive Vice President and partner with what was then known as Carter and Associates. Although Jim was initially involved primarily in design and construction, his role expanded through the years. When speaking of the breadth of Jim's expertise and his willingness to work hard, one of his long-time partners, Billy Mitchell, said "there was really nothing he wouldn't or couldn't do" when challenges arose, which he tackled ethically and humbly. By the time he headed into retirement, Jim had risen to the top of his field, but his success never spoiled the well-grounded boy from Tennessee coal country. His kindness touched the lives of many throughout his career, as he never lost sight of the fact that life is about more than just business. Jim's steadfast faith in God led him to a life of humble service. Jim worked hard to make life better for people in his life and gave his resources and time generously. He never wanted "his left hand to know what his right hand was doing." He served on the Board of Trustees of Johnson Bible College in Knoxville for over thirty years. Jim also served as a trustee of Christian City, a facility for children in crisis and elderly citizens in need in Atlanta. He served on the Young Life Committee in Northwest Atlanta and as elder and deacon at Southwest Christian Church in Atlanta. Jim's greatest admirers are his wife and children, Tricia Bealle Barton (Rodger), Betty Bealle Ham (Bill), John Bealle (Andreea), and his grandchildren, Jim Barton (Kelsey), Catherine Barton, Ben Barton, Madison Ham Brooks (Andrew), Joel Ham, Barret Ham, Julia Bealle and Daniel Bealle, and his great-grandchildren, Jacob Barton, Eva Joyce Barton and Luke Barton. All of these people are close friends, helped along by the annual Litchfield Beach vacation, a generous gift from Jim and Janice for over twenty summers. On these trips, the kids learned from their granddad the value of 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzles, body surfing, Braves on TV and naps after lunch. Driven by an insatiable curiosity, Jim knew lots of facts about lots of things, partly because of the often-referenced World Book Encyclopedia set that lived beside his favorite chair. In particular, he had an impressive knowledge of Auburn football; frankly, about any football. He was consistently a top contender in the family Bowl Mania contest. He read mountains of books and newspapers over his lifetime. Jim presided over family holiday dinners where everyone came to his large dining room table. He would pray and thank God for the food and the people and mostly for Jesus and His sacrifice. He made it clear to all of those close to him that the source of his blessing came from God. Jim spent his final weeks in his daughter's home where he was free to be visited by loved ones. He shared communion with his three children, officiated by his grandson Jim. He received care from a 'dream team' of caregivers, and phone calls from old friends, even a Georgia fan with some pre-season trash talk. But he got a "War Eagle!" from his grandson Ben and answered, "We'll get em!". Jim Bealle will be remembered and missed for a very long time. Because of the pandemic there will be no formal visitation. A family graveside service will be held at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs, Georgia on Saturday at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jim and Janice Bealle scholarship fund at Johnson University, Tennessee or Christian City, Union City, Georgia. Please visit www.monroecountymemorialchapel.com to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapel has charge of arrangements.

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Published in Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sep. 17, 2020.
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September 19, 2020
To Janice, Tricia, Betty, John & family, we are thankful for the wonderful life he lived. Please know you all are in our prayers. May Jesus give you peace in the days to come. Love, The Bob Waugh Family, & Robert and Dottie Fonte Family, Toni Shields, & Dottie Waugh
Dottie Fonte
Neighbor
September 19, 2020
What a blessing Jim was to me and all of us at Southwest Christian Church! His goodness, humility, wisdom, and commitment to God's Kingdom will never be forgotten. He loved his family so much. He helped so many people. I am thankful to have known him, and I know that he is now enjoying the wonders of Heaven. The family is in my thoughts and prayers.
James White
Friend
September 18, 2020
Jim was a wonderful person and I very much enjoyed working with him at CARTER for 19 years. So very sorry for your loss.
Frasier and Kate Smith
Coworker
September 18, 2020
We are very sorry for Jim's death. He was a very kindly and friendly man.
We are sending your whole family sincere condolence for this heavy loss.

Petruta and Simion Pruna (Andreea's Bealle parents)
Petruta and Simion
Family
September 17, 2020
With deep condolences to the loved ones of Jim Bealle, the family of former Robert Lawson Waugh expresses that he was and will always be remembered as love thy neighbor as thyself. Our family sends our love to Jim’s whole family. May peace be with you.
Toni Waugh
September 17, 2020
Jim and I worked together for 5-6 years at Carter & Associates. When I moved on, it was always my regret that our relationship ended. We were very much alike, Ala. vs Auburn, 5 kids vs 3, basically same age , education, etch. ;I consider myself to be his friend and admire him as an induvial.
Paul Fulford
Friend
September 17, 2020
What a wonderful tribute to a life well lived. Tricia and Rodger we are so very sorry for your loss. We did not know your daddy personally, but we know he raised children who love and know the Lord... “Well done faithful servant Jim”.
Debbie Camp
Friend
September 17, 2020
Dear Family,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We did not have the honor of meeting Mr. Bealle, but knowing that he was an Auburn graduate, we know that we would have valued his friendship. You were truly blessed to have had this wonderful man in your lives. May your hearts soon be filled with precious memories of joyful times shared together, as you celebrate a life well lived. Heaven is a "Sweeter" place with his presence. War Eagle! Mr. Jim.
Love in Christ,
Ronnie and Karis Dykes Auburn Class of 1974
Karis Dykes
September 17, 2020
Jim and Janice Bealle <br />at Johnson University
Jim was such a gracious Christian man who provided such outstanding leadership on Johnson University’s Board. He and Janice were also a personal blessing to our family. In Jim’s life you saw an exceptional blend of gracious leadership, Christian commitment, business acumen, and extraordinary generosity. We were better for having known him and will miss him greatly. We pray for God's comfort for the entire family as you grieve his loss.
Philip & Nancy Eubanks
Friend
September 16, 2020
To Betty & William and the family— so very sorry for your loss of Mr Bealle. We remember seeing him last in Forsyth for ice cream. Prayers for Comfort for you all at this sad time.
Joanne (Verzyl) & Jerry Brown
Family
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