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“I was a student in 2 classes Coach Beam taught at Central High. He was a great teacher and leader. Also I enjoyed being a student of his wife who...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: Jim Long - Columbia, SC - Student

“Thanks to Coach Beam's dedication and hard work Crest High's football program had a great start and sustains success. We appreciate all you did for...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: Bobby Morehead - Charlotte, NC

“Sorry for your loss. Mr. Beam was an outstanding person and coach. ”
3 of 19 | Posted by: Lawrence Blanton - cliffside, NC

“Coach Beam was a big strong man with a great heart. I have many fond memories of Coach on and off the field. Thanks Coach and may God bless you. ”
4 of 19 | Posted by: Woody Lovelace - Columbia, SC

“Coach Beam was a great coach and teacher of young men in high school and his wife was my English teacher at RS Central I will miss Coach Beam for his...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: nick fowler - hendersonville, NC

“SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS (IT WAS A GREAT LOSS) COACH BEAM WAS A MAN TO BE ADMIRED . HE WAS NOT ONLY A GREAT COACH ,HE WAS ALSO A GREAT MAN WHO TAUGHT ME A...Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: DOUG HILL - FOREST CITY, NC

“So sorry to hear of Coach Beam's death. He made a positive impact on a lot of young people in his years of teaching and coaching. He will be missed...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: Pat E. Shehan - Rutherfordton, NC

“I have many fond memories of being in the classroom with Mr. Beam. He was a kind and devoted teacher whom I had respect for. He truly cared for his...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: Ann Wilkins - Rutherfordton, NC

“Coach Beam and I shared a homeroom at Crest High early in my teaching years. I also remember working with him as a football coach and when I run into...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: Dennis Davis - Lattimore, NC

“I interviewed Coach Beam for WOHS radio while he was at Crest. I have fond memories of that time. He was a true southern gentleman. God bless your...Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Andy Foster - Shelby, NC - work

“I have many fond memories of Coach but some of the most is when we went pheasant hunting in Nebraska. I always knew when Coach had something...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: Wade Shehan - Burnsville, NC

“I always remember Coach Beam being that fiery guy who always had a good story to tell. All of his stories were meaningful and you could tell how...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: Jordan Rumfelt - Rutherfordton, NC

“I remember Max Beam as a fine coach and a good man. I am sure that many people remember him the same way. ”
13 of 19 | Posted by: David Wallace - Rutherfordton, NC

“So sorry to hear of Uncle Max's passing. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to the family as you will be in my prayers in the days ahead. ”
14 of 19 | Posted by: James Keyly Lynn - Nokesville, VA

“While playing football for Coach Beam, he taught each one of us team work, discipline, and character. I have always looked at Coach Beam as a father...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Marshall Hardin - Arden, NC

“It was an honor to have known and played for Coach Beam. He taught me so many lessons about life that have stayed with me throughout my life. He...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: Warren Goforth

“I would like to extend my heart felt condolence to the Beam family. Coach Beam is a legend in the R-S Central Athletic fraternity. I always looked up...Read More »
17 of 19 | Posted by: Tommy Walker - Rutherfordton, NC

“I am so sad to hear about Mr. Beam's passing. He was a wonderful man. He taught me how to drive. He always called me Peanut. He also coached my...Read More »
18 of 19 | Posted by: Karen Davis - Grover, NC

“It was an honor to play football in high school and college for two men who were veterans of World War II. Both of these men taught me the meaning...Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: Jack Huss - Rutherfordton, NC


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Max Gantt Beam, age 89, of Rutherfordton, NC, died Tuesday, November 5, 2013, at Rutherford Regional Medical Center.

He was the son of the late J. Luther Beam and the late Lucretia Gantt Beam. He was a native of Gaston County. Max was a member of Rutherfordton Presbyterian Church and served as a church deacon. He received his college education at Western Carolina University and Appalachian State University. Max taught school and coached at Mt. Holly High School, Rockingham High School and R S Central High School and Crest High School. He was a veteran of WW II and a member of the 113th USNR Seabee. He was a member of Rutherfordton Kiwanis Club. He was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters. He was also, preceded in death by a daughter Anna B. Hendrick in 2005.

He is survived by his wife: Catherine K. Beam.
One Daughter:
Lucretia B. Ellis and her husband David of Bethlehem, PA

One Son:
Mike Beam, Rutherfordton, NC

One Grandson: John Ellis

The family will receive friends from 1:30 PM to 2:45 PM, Friday, November 8, 2013 at the church prior to the service. The Memorial service will be at Rutherfordton Presbyterian Church at 3:00 PM, Friday, November 8, 2013 with Reverend Dr. Don Scofield officiating. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Rutherfordton Presbyterian Church Building Fund; P O Box 1133; Rutherfordton, NC 28139. Guest register online at wwwmcmahansfuneralhome.com. McMahan's Funeral Home & Cremation Services in charge of arrangements.