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Virginia Brown Harris Beam

SHELBY - Mrs. Virginia Brown Harris Beam, 97, of 1404 N. Lafayette St., formerly of East Main Street, Lawndale, died Monday, Oct. 18, 1999, at Cleveland Pines Nursing Center.

A native of Cherokee County, S.C., she was born on June 17, 1902, the daughter of the late Joseph Suttle and Mary Ella Wood Harris. She retired after 42 years of service as a school teacher. She began her teaching career at Union School and later taught first grade at Piedmont School in Lawndale. She graduated from Piedmont High School and attended Appalachian State Teachers College. She was a member of Lawndale Baptist Church, where she taught in the Primary Department for many years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Hoyle Beam; three brothers, Kent Harris, Dent Harris and James Harris; and two sisters, Irene Harris Dixon and Verona Harris Poole.

She is survived by one sister-in-law, Madge Harris of Shelby, and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Lawndale Baptist Church with the Rev. Paul Williams officiating. The body will be placed in the church one hour before the service. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends Wednesday one hour before the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to Lawndale Baptist Church, P.O. Box 126, Lawndale, N.C. 28090.

Stamey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.