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 www.cavin-cook.com.

Samuel Lee Vaughan ’73

Samuel Lee Vaughan, age 70, of Nags Head, passed away on Saturday, March 6, 2021, in his home.

Before retiring and relocating to the Outer Banks, Sammy owned and operated the Tomahawk Motel, founded in 1959 by his parents, Craig and Tucie Vaughan, of Ahoskie, NC. In addition to managing the family business, he also served as the CEO of Craig B. Vaughan and Company, and managed multiple rental properties in the Ahoskie area. Additionally, he owned and maintained various sections of farmland throughout Hertford, Bertie and Northampton counties and was devoted to tree farming on these properties. Upon retirement, he continued his passion for real estate and owned and managed multiple vacation rental homes on the Outer Banks.

Sammy was an active member of the Hertford County Board of Education for many years, The Roanoke Chowan Hospital Board, as well as various other community organizations during his years in Ahoskie. He was a serving member of the Ahoskie Library Board, as well as a board member for Wachovia Bank. In addition, he served on the North Carolina Symphony as one of its contributing representatives of the board.

He was an avid fisherman and hunter and relished the times spent with his friends on their “Vodka Dew” hunting expeditions. Because of his great love of the outdoors, during his retirement, he also volunteered at the Nag’s Head Fishing Pier for over fifteen years.

Sammy graduated from Ahoskie High School in 1969 and went on to obtain his Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Davidson College and his Master’s Degree in English from the University of Virginia. He oftentimes enjoyed addressing himself in the third person as “Sammy Vaughan, B.A., M.A.” When he was not calling his daughter’s college dorm room to recite Al Pacino’s monologue from The Scent of a Woman, he enjoyed parading around his home quizzing his family members on Jeopardy trivia questions such as, “Who is the author of Madame Bovary?”

He prided himself on answering every Jeopardy question correctly and would offer fifty cents to anyone else who could do the same.

He is survived by his wife, Colleen, of Nags Head; his daughter, Jessica and her husband Jim Rudd, of Durham, NC; as well as two granddaughters, Kendall and Morgan Rudd, also of Durham. Also left to cherish his memory are his sister, Nita Bell, of Kinston, NC; his stepson, Jason Fornes, of Seattle, WA; and longtime employee and friend, Cleveland Watson.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Vaughan family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting www.garrettsykesfs.com.

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John Kenneth Wackman ’73

John Kenneth Wackman, 69, died suddenly of an apparent heart attack on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, at his home in Kingston, N.Y.

A former resident of Portsmouth and Eliot, John spent 10 years with New Hampshire Public Television in Durham. As NHPTV’s Executive Producer, he worked on New Hampshire Crossroads with Fritz Wetherbee, The Making of Ken Burns’ Baseball, and Ciao Italia.

Born Dec. 1, 1951, in New York City, John attended Davidson College in North Carolina. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in natural resources analysis and a master’s in communication arts.

After a happy stint with a Madison-based children’s theater group, he began his career in television production, first with Madison’s NBC affiliate. After leaving the Seacoast, John became co-creator of the Hallmark Channel’s daily show, “New Morning.”

In his next and ultimately final act, John moved to New York’s Hudson Valley, where he founded one of the first Repair Cafes in the United States, launching a movement that spread throughout the region. John’s first book, “Repair Revolution: How Fixers Are Transforming Our Throwaway Culture” (coauthored by Elizabeth Knight), was published in October 2020. In all of his positions and throughout his life, John always sought to bring people together, share their joy, and highlight their accomplishments.

John is survived by his children, Nathaniel K.S. Wackman (Shewanna) of Chicago, and Lucy S.S. Wackman of Kittery, and his grandchildren Nicholas and Zoe of Chicago; his partner, Holly Shader; his former wife, Susan Sinnott; his sister Anne W. Oros (John), brother Christopher B. Wackman (Nancy) and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends from all parts of his life.

A private burial took place on Jan. 13 at the Rosendale Plains Cemetery Natural Burial Ground, Rosendale, N.Y. His family looks forward to gathering at a future date to celebrate John’s inextinguishable bright light.

Donations to the Repair Cafe of the Hudson Valley and Catskills can be made in John’s honor through Sustainable Hudson Valley, the project’s fiscal sponsor, online (specifying Repair Café as your chosen project) or by mail c/o Post Office Box 3364, Kingston, NY 12402 with “Repair Cafe” in the subject line.

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William Lockhart “Lock” Boyce ’73

Dr. William Lockhart “Lock” Boyce, DVM, age 68, died at his home in Stuart, Virginia on August 10, 2020. Dr. Boyce was a native of Forsyth County, North Carolina and a graduate of RJ Reynolds High School.

He studied at UST, Kumasi Ghana and graduated from Davidson College. He earned his Veterinary degree from the University of Georgia and completed a clinical internship at the San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park.

Dr. Boyce was drafted into the United States Army and served many years on active duty and in the IRR. He milked snakes, wrestled alligators, and worked for the Ghana Department of Game and Wildlife and lived for several years in Kenya.

He was a major shareholder in Bull Mountain Farm and he has called Patrick County his home since 1982.

At one time he was one of the largest cow-calf producers in Southwest Virginia. He was involved in BRATS in the early years as well as the JEB Stuart Volunteer Rescue Squad.

He was the lead singer with the “JUSTUS” band and he helped found the Virginia Academy of Small Animal Medicine. He enjoyed writing a great deal and recently released a novel “First Responder the Rescue Squad”.

Dr. Boyce was formerly the Chairman of the Patrick County Board of Supervisors serving the Mayo River District and Peter’s Creek District. He was a champion of this area and people, and hosted a podcast on Thursday evenings in which he discussed a variety of topics that pertained to life in Patrick County and local politics.

He practiced veterinary medicine for more than 40 years and developed a spay technique that was both innovative and provided many benefits over standard ovariohysterectomies.

Dr. Boyce is survived by his wife, Darlene Boyce of the home; nine children, Wiley Boyce and his wife, Kim, of Stella NC, Keeley Boyce of Carteret County NC, and Cody, Jasper, Lilly and Billy Joe of the home; four grandchildren, two sisters and a brother, and many grateful clients and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jeb Stuart Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 340, Patrick Springs, Virginia 24133.

Due to Covid19 restrictions, a memorial service will be held when conditions allow.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.moodyfuneralservices.com. Moody Funeral Home Stuart, VA

Kenneth Haller Jones ’73

Kenneth Haller Jones, died August 28, 2019, succumbing to his fourth bout with cancer. He was predeceased by his father, Jean Jones, and mother, Frances Haller Jones.

He is survived by his brother, Steven R. Jones (Jan, Tim, Danny, Beatrice) and his sisters, Susan J. Dobson (Jim, Sarah, Jean, Susannah), Barbara D. Jones (Martin Konowitch, Sam, Jake, David) and Margaret J. Czarsty (Craig, Mary, Beth, Isabel, Lucas).

He is also survived by incredible friends, especially Michael, Karen, Sharon, Cindy, Frances, Mary Ballou and Pearlie.

He is also survived by his brother, Troy Hendrickson (Shelly, Tori, Josh). Troy was a major part of his life since they were matched in 1992 through Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Ken was born in Washington, D.C. on August 21, 1951. He went to Ginter Park Elementary and graduated from James Caldwell High School (West Caldwell, N.J.) and Davidson College.

At Davidson, he was a varsity letterman on the 1970 and 1971 Southern Conference Champion Soccer teams. He had leading roles in seven major dramatic productions and was a member of Alpha Psi Omega (national honorary dramatic society) beginning in his sophomore year.

He was a Freshman Hall Counselor and was Entertainment Chairman of the student body his junior year. Ken had the highest math GRE score of his senior class and majored in economics. He spent half of his senior year in the Planning Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, as the first Davidson student in a program that awarded course credits for paid work experience.

After graduation, he worked as an analyst in the Planning Department at the Federal Reserve in Richmond. Ken then worked for Best Products Company, Inc. in Corporate Development and later became a Director of Merchandising.

A major interest in his life was writing fiction. Although he never achieved financial success or acclaim for his fiction, he was a six-time Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

In 1995, he co-founded The Tax Complex, LC with Cindy Greer and Frances Goldman. They added Jim Short as a partner in 2007. The partnership flourished and continues to do so today. Ken was a Big Brother twice, to Troy and to Jonte. He was a board member and officer of local charitable organizations.

These include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Richmond (Chair, President, V.P. and Treasurer), J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College Educational Foundation (Treasurer), Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (Treasurer), City of Richmond Public Library Foundation (Treasurer), Commonwealth Community Foundation (Treasurer) and Boulevard United Methodist Church (Treasurer).

He also volunteered with Shalom Farms of the United Methodist Urban Ministries of Richmond, the Richmond Arts Council and Business Volunteers for the Arts.

He would be pleased to be remembered with a donation to the Kenneth Haller Jones Endowed Scholarship at the J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College Foundation (P.O. Box 26924, Richmond, Va. 23286) or the Kenneth Haller Jones Endowment Fund at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (154 San Angelo Drive, Amherst, Virginia 24521).

Plans for a memorial service will be announced at a later date.

That which we are, we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts, Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. (Tennyson) 

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