Russell Jennings Beach, age 86 of Vilas and Millers Creek, died Saturday, February 23, 2013 at Wilkes Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Beach was born June 28, 1926 to the late Enzer and Sarah Leek Beach of the Rich Mountain Community.
He was an honorably discharged veteran, serving in the 3rd Battalion, 32nd Infantry Division. He received the Astatic Pacific Theatre medal, Good Conduct medal, WWII Victory medal and Occupation Ribbon for Korea. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mr. Beach was the co-owner of Beach and Adams Builders of Boone, NC, where he retired at age 84.
He was a member of Millers Creek Baptist Church, where he served as president of the New Beginnings Sunday School Class. He as an avid blue grass music fan and a talented musician.
Mr. Beach is survived by his wife Dorothy Severt Beach of the home; two sons, Jerry Beach and wife Pam of Vilas, Danny Beach and wife Jeannie of Vilas; a step-son Jeffrey Roten and wife Sherri of Millers Creek, NC; a step-daughter Pamela Johnson and husband Doug of Millers Creek, NC; a sister Mae Eggers of Mountain City, TN; ten grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; a special nephew, Beach Eggers, and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends also survive.
He was preceded in death by the mother of his sons, Bonita Adams Beach, his parents; two sisters, Cora Penley and Ruth Walls; and five brothers, Clay, Don, Grady, Allen and L.W. Beach.
Funeral services for Russell Jennings Beach will be conducted Monday afternoon, February 25th, 2013, at 2:00 o’clock from Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. The body will lie in state from 12:30 until 2:00. Officiating will be Reverend Delmar James and Pastor Shannon Critcher. Entombment will follow with military honors at Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Mausoleum.
The family will receive friends Monday afternoon, from 12:30 until 2:00 PM, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel, prior to the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to Millers Creek Baptist Church, PO Box 559, Millers Creek, North Carolina, 28651.
On-line condolences may be sent to the Beach family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com
Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.