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Martha Jane (McSwain) Beam

August 23, 1954 ~ June 22, 2022 (age 67)


Martha Jane McSwain Beam, age 67, of Cherryville, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, June 22, 2022.  She was born August 23, 1954 in Cleveland County to the late Alvin Lee McSwain, Sr. and Lois Katherine Dellinger McSwain.  She was a 1972 graduate of Cherryville High School.  Martha was employed for 24 years as switchboard operator at Carlton Yarn and then for 23 years in Medical Records at Peak Resources.  She was a devoted Christian and faithful member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.  She taught the Open Door Sunday School class for 30 years, was a member of Friendship Sunday School class, served on numerous committees, including Pastor Search, finance, and others, and served as Children’s Director for many years.  Martha was a true Prayer Warrior and oftentimes prayed as much as 3 hours a day.  She had a passion for baking and sharing her creations with others.  She had a deep love for everyone she met.  Her love for the Lord shone bright for all to see.  Family meant the world to her, and she cherished her time spent with them, especially her grandchildren.


In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Sammy Lee “Sam” Beam; brother and sister-in-law, David and Phyllis McSwain.


Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, David and Brittany Hendrick and Daniel and Cassie Hendrick; stepdaughters, Tonya Miller (Michael), Doree Davis (Rodney), and Loree McCurry (Mark); grandchildren, Logan and Cade Hendrick, Morgan and Hattie Jane Hendrick, Abbey, Madelyn, and Lilly Miller, Brock and Cole Davis, Matthew and Ruthie McCurry; sister, caregiver, and best friend, Margaret Sigmon (Richard); brother, A.L. McSwain (Shirley); sisters-in-law, Kay Beam, Florence Beam, Eleanor Hendrick, and Melinda Davison; and numerous nieces and nephews.


The family will receive friends Saturday, June 25, 2022 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Carpenter-Porter Funeral & Cremation Services.


Funeral services will be held Sunday, June 26, 2022 at 3:00 PM at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Rev. Keith Huss and Rev. Wayne Key officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  Friends are invited to join the family in the fellowship hall after the graveside to enjoy homemade desserts from Martha’s recipes.


Memorials may be made to Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 112 Mt. Zion Church Rd. Cherryville, NC 28021.


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June 25, 2022

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Carpenter Porter Funeral & Cremation Services
1100 East Main Street | P.O. Box 607
Cherryville, NC 28021

Funeral Service
June 26, 2022

3:00 PM
Mt. Zion Baptist Church
112 Mt Zion Church Rd
Cherryville, NC 28021

Interment following funeral service
June 26, 2022

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery

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