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Kern Beam

November 5, 1931 — December 21, 2016

Kern Jennings Beam, age 85, passed away Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at Testa Family Hospice House. He was born November 5, 1931 in Gaston County to the late Herbert and Callie Allen Beam. Upon graduating high school, Kern enlisted in the U.S. Army, and served his country during the Korean War. He was trained as a combat engineer at Ft. Belvoir, VA. He quickly gained experience in supply management at his first duty station, Ft. Benning, GA. Soon thereafter, Kern was reassigned to South Korea. His organizational and management abilities were recognized immediately and instrumental in the success of key exercises within his unit. He was awarded The Army Commendation Medal for exemplary service while in Korea. After Korea, he returned to Ft. Benning, GA and completed his service. Declining an offer to attend OCS (Officer Candidate School), Kern returned home to Cherryville and married the love of his life, Carolyn Heafner. He was a life-long member of St. John's Lutheran Church. Kern retired as a warehouse supervisor with Carolina Freight. His hobbies were guns and woodworking. He was a member of the Original New Year's Shooters and helped keep the tradition alive for 50 years. Kern was a skilled gunsmith and master craftsmen, with a passion for wood working.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Heafner Beam; and five siblings, Alieta Rhyne, Bert Barker, Maxine Newton, Dayne Beam and Doris Hayes.

He is survived by his sons, Chris Beam (Jeanne) of FL, Allen Beam (Carole) of Apex, and Steve Beam (Joanne) of Charlotte; grandsons, James Beam (Rhonda), Andrew Beam, Max Beam and Ryan Beam; great-grandchildren, Christopher Beam and Caley Rose Beam.

Graveside Service will be held Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 1 PM at St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery with Rev. Tom Hartis officiating. The family will receive friends after the services in the Saints Hall of St. John's Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, PO Box 100, Cherryville, NC 28021 or to The Memory Center of Charlotte, Charlotte Neuroscience Foundation, 300 Billingsley Rd., Suite 108 Charlotte, NC 28211.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Summit Place of Kings Mountain and Hospice of Cleveland County for the excellent care given to Mr. Beam.

  • Graveside Service

    December 28, 2016
    1:00 PM

    St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery

    310 W Church Street
    Cherryville, NC
  • Visitation

    December 28, 2016
    1:30 PM

    St. John's Lutheran Church

    310 W Church Street
    Cherryville, NC
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