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Caryl Austell

February 16, 1948 — October 25, 2022


Caryl Beam Austell, age 74, of Cherryville passed away Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at her residence.  She was born February 16, 1948 in Gaston County, a daughter of the late JL and Lola Stroupe Beam.  She graduated Valedictorian in 1966 from Cherryville High School.  Caryl went on to graduate from High Point University and earned her Master of Counselor Education at Gardner Webb University.  She taught 9 years at Jamestown Junior High in Guilford County during the 1970s.  She was then the school counselor at West Lincoln High School for 4 years and Love Memorial Elementary for 16 years.  Caryl received the Counselor of the Year Award for Lincoln County.  Caryl also worked for Duke Power in Hickory and at corporate offices in Charlotte for 5 years.  She was a founding board member of Cherryville High School Education Foundation and served as a board member of Hospice of Cleveland County.  Caryl was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Cherryville where she served on church council, trustee, chairman of education committee and parsonage committee, member of Aunt Pearl Circle, and Ethleen Dover Sunday School Class.  Her greatest joy in life was getting to be the loving grandmother and babysitter to Riley, Henry, and Ella.

Survivors include her husband of 38 years, Bob Austell; daughter, Elizabeth Shuford (Lee); grandchildren, Riley Shuford, Henry Shuford, and Ella Shuford; stepdaughters, Teesie Smith (Danny), Kim Crane (Stephen), and Amy Turner (David); grandchildren, Charlie Smith (Clare), Robert Smith (Danielle), Adam Crane (Rachel), Stephanie Crane (Jon), Kelly Setzer (Will), Dave Turner (Jamie), Rachel Turner; great grandchildren, Kate, William, Ada, Maggie, Joel, Wilson, and Daniel; brother, Jim L. Beam III (Becky); nieces, Lindsey Beam and Paige Hartman; and sister-in-law, Mary Ann Spencer.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 29, 2022 at 3:00 PM at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Zack Christy officiating.  The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 2:45 PM prior to the service at the church.

A private burial will take place at Cherryville City Memorial Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 601 N. Pink St. Cherryville NC 28021 or Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Dr. Shelby NC 28150.

The family wishes to extend sincere thanks to their caregivers, Kim Alexander, Kay Edmondson, Loretta Shull, Charlotte Cook, Sandra Bowen, and Nadine Butler.   They would also like to thank Hospice Nurse Regina Clewell and Hospice of Cleveland County for their love and care shown to the family.

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