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Charles "Wayne" Beachum, 77, passed away April 16, 2017, at home surrounded by his family in Charlotte, NC.
Wayne was born June 27, 1939, in Oakboro, NC, to the late Hayes and Estelle Foreman Beachum. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Wanda Beachum Phibbs.
Wayne is survived by his wife of 59 years, Geneva Huneycutt Beachum, daughter Shearra Beachum Miller and husband Tim of Kings Mountain, NC, son Charles Beachum and wife Sarah of Oakboro, NC. Grandchildren Rebekah Miller Hopkins and husband Ben, and Kathlene Miller of Kings Mountain; Maddie Beachum and Daniel Beachum of Oakboro. Sister Sheila Beachum Reynolds and husband John. Sister-in-law Kay Huneycutt VanHoy. Nephew Blair Gardner and wife Gloria; nieces Patricia Furnish, Kristi Marks and Jamie Huneycutt and many, many cousins, whom he loved very much.
Wayne graduated from Oakboro High School in 1957, and enjoyed frequent gatherings with his classmates. He graduated from Pfeiffer College in 1961 with a degree in Business and Accounting. After a career in finance and management he retired from AG Odell Architects in 1982 and began his second career in the hardware business. He was the proud owner of Bridges True Value Hardware in Kings Mountain where he enjoyed making friends and supporting the community.
Wayne was a wise and kind man who loved his family more than anything on this earth. He enjoyed family gatherings and reunions, spending time with his grandchildren, and always had a story to tell and loving advice to give. He loved working on his farm, which, in his eyes, was paradise.
He was the natural born leader and planner to whom others came for advice. He was well respected in the community by his family and church. A gentle giant of a man who told amazing stories to his grandchildren, helped his grown children with projects, never tired of learning new things, and loved his childhood sweetheart for over 60 years, Wayne was a fair man who had high expectations for himself and for those he loved.
He was a dedicated member of Oakhurst Baptist Church for 54 years where he served as a deacon, sang in the choir, and served on numerous boards and committees before joining Mint Hill Baptist.
Funeral services will be Thursday, April 20, at 11 a.m. at Mint Hill Baptist Church, with Rev. Wayne Deffinger officiating. The family received friends Wednesday, April 19, from 5-8 p.m. at McEwen Funeral Home in Mint Hill. Burial will be at 3 p.m. at Oakboro Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions may be sent to: Mint Hill Baptist Church, 7835 Mint Hill-Matthews Rd., Charlotte, 28227, Cleveland County Arts Council, 111 S. Washington St. Shelby, NC 28150 or to Hospice of Charlotte, 1420 E. Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC 28204.
Condolences may be offered at www.mcewenminthillchapel.com.
Published on April 19, 2017
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