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Joe Cephas Beam

February 22, 1929 ~ November 9, 2019 (age 90)

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Joe Cephas Beam, 90, of Celebration, FL, formerly of Morehead City, passed away Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Adventhealth, Celebration, FL.

Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Morehead City at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2019, followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall.  Following the reception, family and close friends are invited to interment at Gethsemane Memorial Park on Highway 24 in Newport, NC.

Joe Cephas Beam was born February 22, 1929, the son of the late Florence Van Dyke Beam and Conrad Lee Beam. He graduated from Beaufort High School, Mars Hill Junior College, and Duke University.

During the Korean War he served with the 937th Field Artillery Battalion, first as a Forward Observer and later as a Battery Commander. After separation from service he was employed by John R. Crump in the real estate and insurance business in Morehead. He acquired the agency in 1968 when Mr.Crump retired. Concentrating in the property and casualty insurance, together with his partners John Gainey and Jim Cooper, the Beam Cooper Gainey agency grew from three people to over 50 talented and engaged associates by the time Joe retired in 1992 after 39 years in the insurance business.

He was President of the Morehead City Jaycees and the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce. He and Leon Mann, Jr. brought the Salvation Army to Carteret County. Joe was Chairman of the Advisory Board for the first five years until a Corps was established.

He was an active and engaged member of the First Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon.  Beyond his business and civic endeavors, he had many close friends and acquaintances and was an active Duke supporter, especially of Duke basketball. He was also in charge of the Tour Guide Program at Fort Macon State Park.

He is survived by his second wife, Shirley Cummings Beam; his daughter, Mary Jo Beam McCalley of Atlanta, her husband Gray and their daughters, Catherine McCalley Shaw and husband Andrew and Elizabeth McCalley White and husband Raymond; great grandson, Reid O’Brien Shaw, son of Catherine and Andrew, his son, Joe C. Beam, Jr. of Morehead City, his wife Tracy, and their daughter Sarah; brother, Jay Ky Beam and wife Jane of Rockville, MD; and Shirley’s children Shirley Ann of Ft. Lauderdale and her children Cassie and Ryan, and Peter and wife Lily of Orlando, and their children Mei-Ling and Myle.

He was preceded by his first wife of 62 years, Janice Lewis Beam.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the First Baptist Church at 810 Bridges St., Morehead City, NC 28557 or the Salvation Army at PO Box 399, Morehead City, NC 28557.

Family and friends are welcome to submit online condolences at www.mundenfuneralhome.net

Arrangements are by Munden Funeral Home and Crematory, Morehead City, NC.


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Funeral Service
November 16, 2019

2:00 PM
First Baptist Church of Morehead City
810 Bridges St
Morehead City, NC 28557

Reception Following Service
November 16, 2019

First Baptist Church of Morehead City Family Life Center
810 Bridges St.
Morehead City, North Carolina 28557

Interment Following Funeral Service
November 16, 2019

Gethsemane Memorial Park
700 Highway 24
Newport, NC 28570


First Baptist Church
810 Bridges St., Morehead City NC 28557
Tel: 1-252-726-4142

Salvation Army
PO Box 399, Morehead City NC 28557
Tel: 1-252-726-7147
Web: https://www.salvationarmycarolinas.org/moreheadcity/

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