Sebastien Douzal ’89

It with a heavy heart that I tell you that Sebastien passed away at the end of July, 2021. We celebrated his life on August 3rd in his home town of Sete, France. Our son says he is sure to see his Dad again one day. He will live on through Etienne forever. He was a proud and devoted DAD! This time last year, Sebastien was in the hospital for testing. He felt something wasn’t right. Little did he know that Pancreatic cancer had already got the best of him. He left NY at the beginning of October last year, never to return. But he was blessed to spend his remaining days in his Mother’s home and his family was very close to him at the end. Etienne and I traveled many times to France over these last 9 months and they were able to enjoy each other’s company for sometimes weeks at a time. Virtual learning turned out to be our blessing!!

Those interested in remembering Sebastien and contributing to Etienne’s college fund are invited to make a contribution at

Samuel Alexander “Alex” Beam ’73

Samuel Alexander “Alex” Beam Jr. went to his eternal home with his Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ, on July 15, 2021, after battling a long illness. He was surrounded by his adoring family.

Alex was born in Iredell County on February 7, 1947, to Samuel and Dorothy London Beam. He was preceded in death by his parents and his granddaughter, Eden Tilton.

Surviving family includes his wife, Daisy Alexander Beam; children, Michele Tilton and husband Keith, Samuel Beam III and wife Sara, Travis Beam, and Darla Pastwick and husband Derek; grandchildren Luke and Benjamin Tilton, and Savannah and Sailor Beam, all of Mooresville, N.C.; and sister, Nancy Tant and husband Brian of Huntersville, N.C.

Alex was a successful entrepreneur and businessman. He worked very hard throughout his life, beginning with his father’s milk delivery business as a young child. He took over his father’s milk delivery business, Beam Distributors, and continued to deliver milk after his father’s unexpected passing after high school. He worked full-time plus more before and after class while working his way through seven years of college.

After graduating from Mooresville Senior High school, Alex first attended King’s College in Charlotte earning an Associates in Science in Business. He then went on to attend Davidson College, where he graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. An article was written on him upon graduation titled “He Earned a Davidson Diploma the Hard Way.” It described how Alex would wake at 2 a.m. to deliver milk, go to all his classes, go back to work, then do his homework. Dr. James Causey, Alex’s Spanish professor, who became a close friend and best man in his wedding, was quoted in the article: “Alex is modest and acts as though his life is nothing special. But Alex’s story is the most spectacular I can think of … I have never known, in all my forty years of teaching, a boy to work quite so hard as he has … he is an inspiration to others.” In that article Alex attributed most of his success to “God’s strength.” That sums up most of Alex’s life — he was very hard-working, successful yet humble, God-fearing, and faithful.

While in college, Alex joined the Davidson Volunteer Fire Department, and would occasionally leave class to go fight a fire, retiring from the department after volunteering for over 35 years. During his time of firefighting, he won both the Mecklenburg County Distinguished Service and Lifetime Fireman Awards. Alex was also active in the Davidson Lion’s Club, where he won the Lion of the Year Award. In 1982 he was a founder of the Annual Davidson Christmas Parade (now the North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade) and helped managed it for many years. Alex was an active member of the National Model T Club and Model A Club. He was an active member of the local Hornet’s Nest Regional Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) and National AACA Vintage Car Club most of his adult life. He and his wife Daisy won numerous achievement awards for their preservation of historical automobiles at both the local and national level.

Besides the love he showed for God and his family, vintage automobiles, history, and race cars were his greatest passions. Saving money from mowing lawns, Alex bought his first car at age 15, a Ford A Model, and he began doing work on the car over the years — lovingly restoring it and he never sold it. While in college in 1968, seeing a need for parts for his Ford Model A, he established and operated Beam Distributors Antique Automobile Parts business from a small shop he built behind his mother’s home in Davidson. With the help of his wife and young children, he would sell and ship various car parts all over the world. A short time later, he also established Beam Distributors Trailer Sales, running it for over 40 years. During that time, he enjoyed working close daily with his son Sam for over 25 years selling trailers and passing on his business knowledge to all of his children. He continued to manage and operate those businesses alongside his loving wife and children, who are honored to continue operating some of those family businesses to this day.

From his youth, Alex began to collect extensive knowledge of vintage automobiles and race cars with the dream of opening a car museum to share his love and knowledge for these historic treasures. In 2001, he established Memory Lane Museum in Mooresville, where he was curator until his passing. Through this avenue, he provided automobiles, props and set locations for many commercials, print, and motion pictures. His extensive knowledge of automobiles will remain a legacy.

Alex was an active, long-time member of Bethel Presbyterian Church in Cornelius. He taught Sunday School and was a deacon and elder at the church. His kids will always cherish that their mother and father taught them about Jesus, not only at home and in their life, but by actively serving the Church and Community. He cherished his wife, and children and his grandchildren. He was honored to help baptize all five of his grandchildren in the church he so faithfully served.

Throughout his life, Alex openly professed his ardent love for his Savior, Jesus Christ. His main concern each day was to teach his children the importance of the Word and to dedicate their lives to serving Christ. He also wanted others to know the Gospel and that life with Jesus was more precious than anything on earth. 2 Corinthians 5:8 tells us, “We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.”

A Service of Witness to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ will be held in Cornelius at Bethel Presbyterian Church at 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 22, 2021. The family requests no flowers and in lieu of flowers, donations be made to either Samaritan’s Purse or the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Cavin-Cook Funeral Home and Crematory, Mooresville, is serving the Beam family. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Charlie Boaz Shapard ’64

Charlie Boaz Shapard passed away on June 15, 2021 after a lengthy illness with family by his side.

Mr. Shapard was born in Wilson, NC on May 25, 1942 to John A. Shapard and Dorothy Boaz Shapard who preceded him in death. His family also resided in High Point, NC where he graduated from High Point High School in 1960. He graduated from Davidson College (BA) in 1964 and later earned his Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His military service included ROTC at Davidson, two years active duty in the Army, and member of North Carolina Army National Guard and Texas Army National Guard before retiring as Lieutenant Colonel in 1992.

Mr. Shapard’s distinguished career in Human Resources is recognized locally, nationally and internationally. He served as President of the International Personnel Management Association (IPMA) as well as president of several local, state and regional human resources groups. Prior to serving as Director of Personnel and Civil Service for the City of Fort Worth (1979-1994), he served in similar capacities in Raleigh, NC and Greensboro, NC (1968-1977) and the North Carolina State Transportation Department (1977-1979). From 1995-1998, he served as Director of Human Resources for the City of Plano. In 2010, Mr. Shapard received the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Municipal Human Resources Association (TMHRA). Future awards bear Mr. Shapard’s name in recognition of his unique and extensive contributions to the profession.

Mr. Shapard’s community involvement was remarkable as well. He and his family were active in Broadway Baptist Church (1980-1995 and 2010-present) and in Wilshire Baptist Church, Dallas, TX (1995-2010). He served in numerous leadership positions at both churches and in 2012 was named Deacon Emeritus by Broadway Baptist.

Mr. Shapard was a member and board member of several community programs and initiatives. Three of his favorite endeavors were graduating from the Citizens Fire Academy, Plano Fire Department (1997), serving as a Host Program Mentor and Volunteer, Plano Independent School District (1997-1999), and graduating from Leadership Fort Worth (1981).

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carolyn Jean McAllister Shapard, sons Robert (Rob) John Shapard and daughter-in-law Rochelle of Plano, Scott Thomas Shapard and daughter-in-law Allison of Fort Worth, and Thomas (Tommy) Michael Shapard and daughter-in-law Rachel of Jacksonville, FL. “Papa Charlie” was devoted to his seven grandchildren and one great-grand-daughter: Jacob and wife Sarah (parents of Palmer Jane) of West Chester, PA, Jack and Elizabeth of Fort Worth, TX, Drew, Kate and Mac of Jacksonville, FL. His brother John (Bud) Shapard, who resides in North Carolina, survives as do numerous cousins, nephews, nieces and their families.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 13 at 11:00 a.m. at Broadway Baptist Church, 305 W. Broadway, Fort Worth, TX 76104. Following the service, a reception will be held in Fellowship Hall. In fulfillment of his wishes, his body was donated to UT Southwestern Medical School.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Music Ministry at Broadway Baptist Church, 305 W. Broadway, Fort Worth, TX 76104, or to Pathways to Ministry at Wilshire Baptist Church, 4316 Abrams Rd., Dallas, TX 75214.

Published by Dallas Morning News on Jul. 4, 2021.

Charles C. Cutts ’62

Charles C. Cutts Jr., 80, of Conway, SC, died Sunday, February 7, 2021 at the family creek house in Murrells Inlet surrounded by his loving family.

Charles was born on May 20, 1940 in Florence, SC to the late Charles C. Cutts Sr. and Eugenia Buck Cutts. Survivors include one sister, Genie Peterson (Pete); two brothers, H. Buck Cutts and Edward Cutts (Janice); five nieces and one nephew.

Charles graduated from Conway High School in 1958 and received a B. S. degree from Davidson College in 1962. He served his country in the U. S. Army at Fort Gordon, Georgia from 1962 through 1964. Thereafter, he followed his love of antiques and decorating while working in Greensboro, N C and in the early 70’s opened his own business in Greensboro, The Arbor House.

He retired in 2004 and returned to Conway where he built a home on Beaty Street. Charles was very active in Alcoholics Anonymous and touched the lives of many people with his love and generosity. His happiest days were spent at the family creek house surrounded by his family and friends.

A private service is planned for later in the spring or summer. Suggested memorial recipients are Epworth Children’s Home and The Shepherds’ Table.

Burroughs Funeral Home (843-651-1440) of Murrells Inlet is assisting the family.