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Originally published: 2013-02-25 14:05:35
Last modified: 2013-02-25 14:07:45

Russell Jennings Beach

Russell Jennings Beach, 86, of Vilas and Millers Creek, died Saturday, Feb. 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, from which 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 bluegrass 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; a step-daughter, Pamela Johnson and husband, Doug, of Millers Creek; a sister, Mae Eggers of Mountain City, Tenn.; 10 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 were conducted Monday afternoon, February 25, 2013, Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating were the Rev. Delmar James and Pastor Shannon Critcher. Entombment followed with military honors at Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Mausoleum.

On-line condolences may be sent to the Beach family at

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.