Mama looked beautiful! She was affectionately known as Mema by her family and outsiders; you couldn’t help but love her.
Rachel was born in Concord, NC, November 24, 1939, to the late David S. Beam and Lucille Carter Beam. She loved reading the bible and her “crazy” books. She worked at J.P. Stevens until its closing and babysat many children, whom she dearly loved. She was also a member of Victory Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, Rachel was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, John E. “PePa” Vinson.
Surviving are her daughters, Melissa “Rock” Newsome of Roanoke Rapids and Rachel Marie Lowe and husband Jesse of Gaston; son, Robert Vinson and wife, Lisa, of Youngsville, NC; sisters, Ruth Kay Beam of Zebulon, NC, Gail Faleiana and husband, Anthony, of Roanoke Rapids; brother, David Glenn Beam of Kannapolis, and a special niece, Karen Beam; grandchildren, Billy “Bear” Newsome and wife, Amanda, Hope Newsome and fiancé, Kris Gurley, Hunter Vinson, Caleb Vinson, Tommy Norris, Jr. and his wife Monica and Randy Norris and his wife Jessica; great grandchildren, Haley Duncan, Nichole Brooks, Isabella Newsome, Phillip Yandle, Tyler Yandle, Seth Norris, Riley Norris, Justin Russell and Madison Russell; her special lifelong friend, Joan Blanchard; sister-in-laws, Eunice Widener, Dorothy Bryant and Linda Coker and husband, Jiggs. Also surviving are her “Grand Pets”, Uno, Charlotte, Hamilton, Katie, Hunter, Lily, Princess and Zoe.
The family will receive friends at Hockaday Funeral & Cremation Service Sunday, July 16, 2017, from 6-8 pm. Rev. Jeremy Kobernat will conduct funeral services in the chapel at Hockaday Monday, July 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm. Interment will follow in Old Cedarwood Cemetery, Roanoke Rapids.
The family has suggested memorial contributions be made to Saint Judes Children’s Research, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 and/or Rabbi Yechiel Ecksten, International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, PO Box 97339, Washington, DC 20077-7472.
Online condolences may be sent to www.hockadayfs.com.