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E. L. Beam, Sr.

E. L. Beam, Sr.

CHERRYVILLE – Mr. Ephriam Luther “E.L.” Beam, Sr., 83, 131 Buck Fraley Rd., formerly of Tot Dellinger Rd., passed away on Monday, May 4, 2020 at his residence.
E.L. was born in Lincoln County, NC, on March 22, 1937, a son of the late George D. Beam, Sr. and Hester Mae Strutt Beam. He was a 1955 graduate of Cherryville High School and attended Appalachian State University.  E.L. was retired after 30 years of service from Carolina Freight Carrier Corporation working both as a truck driver and a dock worker. He was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Cherryville, Teamsters Local # 61, and a member of Cherryville Masonic Lodge #505 A.F. & A.M. for over 50 years, and the Scottish Rite Bodies in Charlotte.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Cameron O. Beam, George D. “Hebbie” Beam, Jr., David Lee Beam; and three sisters, Mary Ann Beam Combs, Betty Beam Davidson and Shirley Beam Hallman.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Gail Baxter Beam of the home; a son, Ephriam “Ephie” Beam, Jr.; two daughters, Susan Fraley and husband Allen; and Kelly Brown and husband, Johnny, all of Cherryville; a sister, Rose Beam King of Greensboro; three grandchildren, Zackary Rhyne Fraley; Meg Peak and husband Hunter; and Nickolas Brown; and two great-grandchildren, Parks Allen Peak and Lillian Palmer Peak. Also surviving are a number of nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express a special ‘thank you’ to caregivers, Tiara Payton and Tammy Chapman, and also to Dr. Thomas White for all of the love and care they have shown.
A private graveside service will be at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery.
Burial will be at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Parkinson’s Association of the Carolinas, 2101 Sardis Rd., N STE 102A, Charlotte, NC, 28227; or to Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 112 Mt. Zion Church Rd., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service is serving the family of Mr. Beam.