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Randy Keith Beam

January 29, 1957 ~ July 1, 2021 (age 64)

Obituary

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

Randy Keith Beam, 64, ran into the arms of Jesus Thursday evening, July 1, 2021, surrounded by his precious family, after a short battle with cancer. Randy lived with his beloved wife, Jill Collins Beam, in Blacksburg, SC. He and Jill shared 24 years of marriage and a lifetime of love and friendship. Randy was born in Shelby, NC but lived his entire life in Blacksburg, SC. Randy was the youngest son of the late Broadus Oates Beam and Irene Norman Beam of Blacksburg, SC., brother of the late Donnie Beam of Fountain Inn, SC, and brother to twin brothers Jerry and Terry Beam who passed when they were infants. Randy grew up in the Antioch Community of Blacksburg and spent his childhood on his dad’s farm on Beam Road while helping his mom bake cakes and cater for every wedding and special event in the area. Randy was a worker from very early on in his life- he always preferred to be outside getting dirty and helping anyone in need. Being the owner of Beam Services was Randy’s pride, and being a grave digger was what made Randy the proudest in regard to his work. Randy Beam has most likely buried a family member of every family living in his community- he loved his work and anyone who knew him knew that to be the truest description of Randy. He was a lifelong member of the Antioch Community and was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church in Blacksburg. Randy left an enormous family to cherish his memory, and his ongoing love of work and life, are his wife, Jill, of Blacksburg, SC; his only son Kellan Clark Beam and wife Brianna of Seabrook, SC; his daughter Mollie Beam Dixon and husband Michael; and his daughter Alice Anne Beam and her boyfriend Matt Evans, all of Blacksburg, SC; along with his treasured grandchildren Madison, Mason, and Miles Dixon. Randy also shared a close connection with his brothers and sisters in love; Chris and Janie Allen, Dennis and Jenny Stroupe, Frankie and Joy Thayer, Julie Atkinson, Libby Beam, Jeff Roberts, and Josh Gore. Randy tried his best to instill his incredible work ethic to a multitude of nieces and nephews, but all of these kiddos know that they could never fill the shoes of Randy Beam. He leaves behind over 30 special nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews whom he spoiled and loved on every chance he got- some even considered him to be their own papa. Randy had multiple cousins and he shared a close family connection with his cousins: Sammy and Julia Nichols of Kings Mountain, NC, and Tim and Lynn McCraw Rowland of Grover, NC along with Eddie McCraw of North Myrtle Beach, SC, all of which he spent his childhood playing with and encouraging them to be as mischievous as he was. Randy also loved our family friend, Bud Killian, and The Gore Family who he worked alongside for many many years. Ultimately, Randy Beam had the best buddies a man could ever ask for, he loved his friends, like his best friend Tracy McDaniel, as if they were his brothers and they loved him the same. From building tractors, to cooking bbq butts, to helping him dig, to riding motorcycles, to building foundations and digging footings…. this brotherhood will never be matched. Randy attended Blacksburg High School where he played the drums in the band. He was also an avid softball player in his younger years, showing great passion for the game- he and his teammates were always willing to “fight” for their team! Randy also loved riding dirt bikes and was one of the few people to ever conquer “The Wall” in Kings Creek! His motorcycle riding days continued throughout his life and one of his loves was his custom Harley Davidson Screaming Eagle Ultra Classic, which he kept shined up and ready to ride at any given minute. Randy began his career as a grave digger at the very young age of 14 alongside his good friend, Bill Dover. This proved to be the most fitting career for Randy Beam- his compassionate heart along with his expertise and perfection inside his track hoe and bobcat, can be compared to none! There will never be another as talented on a piece of equipment as Randy- his rugged work crew including Justin and Jeff Roberts, Mike Westmoreland, Ben Bennett, Scott Falls, Rick “Onion” Gordon, and Matt Evans can attest to that! He was the “salt of the earth”. This man was loved beyond words and will be missed beyond measure! Family and Friends of Randy can be visited at Randy and Jill’s home on Rocky Ridge Farm Road in Blacksburg. Memorials may be made to Blacksburg’s Backpack Buddy Ministry or any donor’s charity of choice. The family will receive friends on Sunday, July 4th from 2:00pm -3:00pm at White Columns Funeral Home. Everyone is invited to attend his celebration of life service immediately following at 3:30pm on Beam Road in Blacksburg, where Randy spent his childhood. Wear your favorite red, white and blue, for this was Randy’s favorite holiday and he and Jill’s 24th wedding anniversary.

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Services

Gathering of Family and Friends
Sunday
July 4, 2021

2:00 PM
White Columns Funeral Service (Rutherford St. Blacksburg, SC)

Graveside Service
Sunday
July 4, 2021

3:30 PM
Beam Family Cemetery
122 Beam Rd
Blacksburg, SC 29702

Donations

Backpack Buddies
419 E. Cherokee St., Blacksburg SC 29702

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