RALEIGH - Thomas Allen Beam, born December 16, 1958, passed February 22, 2017 at his home.
Thomas was preceded in death by his father, G. M. (Buddy) Beam Jr and aunt, Mamie Beam Clayton.
He was raised in his beloved town of Louisburg NC and lived most of his adult life in Raleigh; never far from his many wonderful friends and family.
Thomas received a Psychology Degree with honors from NC State University and a Teaching Degree from UNC. He worked as a Special Education teacher in Wake County until he received a "divine special calling" to go into the ministry, so at the age of 53 he was accepted at Duke University School of Divinity. After graduation from Duke Divinity, Thomas worked as an Intern Methodist Minister, leading congregations in the cities of Roxboro and Roanoke Rapids. Eventually he accepted a job as Pastor with the Sundance Methodist Church, Sundance, WY. After a year in Wyoming, serving the Lord and the wonderful congregation there, he returned to North Carolina to seek medical treatment at Duke Hospital.
His journey with the Lord began in 2007 at North Raleigh United Methodist Church where he found a wonderful church family. While being very active in the church, he focused his attentions on the Yoke Fellow Prison Ministry and his work as a Stephen Minister.
Thomas touched many lives and he will truly be missed. His love for the Lord, golf, NFL, reading, motorcycle and his adorable four legged pals Muffy and Itzy helped bring joy to his time here.
Thomas was married at the time of his passing to his wife of 29 years, Marcie Bridwell Beam, of Raleigh. Also surviving Thomas is his mother, Mary Lou Dixon Beam of Louisburg; sister, Barbara Beam of Matthews; niece, Jennifer Taylor, nephew, Chris Taylor, niece, Aryn Bridwell.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday February 25, 2017 at 4 p.m. in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home, 103 W. Franklin Street, Louisburg, NC 27549. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. A private burial will be held at Oakwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to North Raleigh United Methodist Church, 8501 Honeycutt Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615
Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg.