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John Rufus Bealle Jr.

TUSCALOOSA Rufus Bealle, of Tuscaloosa, died August 6th at LaRocca Nursing Home.

He was born on May 6, 1918, in Tuscaloosa, the son of Judge John R. and Josie Bell Bealle. Both of his parents' families were in Tuscaloosa County by 1823.

He is survived by his wife, Ann Turner Bealle, who was his high school classmate and to whom he was married for more than sixty years; their two children, John R. Bealle III (wife Eloise Clark) of Cincinnati and Sally Bealle Moore of Clanton (husband Richard Moore); four grandchildren, Charles R. Moore III of Birmingham, Elizabeth Hays Moore of Nashville, William B. Moore of Mobile, Josie Bealle of Cincinnati; and one great-grandchild, Sally Elizabeth Moore of Birmingham. He had two brothers, Robert F. Bealle (Natalie Allen Bealle), now living in Ocala, Florida, and Sam W. Bealle who died in 1992.

He attended local schools and the University of Alabama, graduating in Arts and Science in 1940 and the School of Law in 1942. He was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha social fraternity, the Omicron Delta Kappa honorary fraternity, the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity, and the Newcomen Society.

He was admitted to the Alabama Bar in 1942 and retired from practice in 1983. After World War II, he had partnerships with Gordon Davis and Reese Phifer, each for about three years. He served as State President of the Junior Section of the Alabama Bar Association in 1951. He was prosecuting attorney for Tuscaloosa County (1949-51), City Attorney of Northport (1952-54), and Supervisor in Bankruptcy, Western Division of the Northern District of Alabama (1946-1948). For thirteen years he was a member of the Tuscaloosa County Democratic Party Executive Committee, serving as its chairman in 1946-47. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Tuscaloosa Housing Authority Board for fifteen years, the Family Counseling Board for twelve years; the Tuscaloosa Civitan Club for a number of years and its President in 1949. He was active in Scouting since boyhood, an Eagle Scout. He served as president of the Black Warrior Council and was a recipient of the Silver Beaver award and a member of the Heritage Society. In 1966 he was a member of the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and served as an Elder, trustee, and clerk of the Session.

In 1953 he became Attorney, Land Commissioner, and Secretary of the Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama and served the University for thirty years. In 1974 he became Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama System. Following retirement on July 30, 1983, he became part-time Coordinator of Special Gifts at the School of Law, with total University service of almost fifty years. He played a major role in the early building of the Law School endowment and was awarded Dean's Award in 1973, the Outstanding Alumnus Award by the Student Farrah Law Society in 1992, and the Sam W. Pipes Distinguished Alumnus Award by the School of Law in 1996. He received an honorary Doctor of Law degree from the University in 1983. He was a founding member and president (1969-70) of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. From 1966 he served as a member of the Board of Directors of University of Alabama Law School Foundation and served as its Secretary for a number of years. He was recognized as a member of the Denny Society. He received the Carleton K. Butler Award from the Theta Chi Fraternity for exceptional service to the University and its students.

He was an artillery officer during World War II, serving for approximately three years overseas in Panama, New Guinea, and the Philippine Islands with four years of active wartime service. He remained in the Reserve after the war, commanding an artillery battalion for a number of years. He attended the reserve program of both the Army War College and the Command and General Staff School and retired in grade of Colonel after forty years of active and reserve service.

Following a family service, a memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. today in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Charles Durham presiding and Heritage Chapel Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider, directing.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial may be made to the First Presbyterian Church (900 Greensboro Avenue, 35401) or the University of Alabama Law School Foundation (Attn: Candice Reed, P.O. Box 870382, Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0382).
Published in Tuscaloosa News from Aug. 8 to Aug. 9, 2009
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