John L. Beaver (1915-1980)

June 2, 1980


Sarah Mitchell, Patricia Mitchell, John L. Beaver

History enthusiast Johnny Beaver (right) at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia,with his equally enthusiastic daughter Patricia Mitchell and granddaughter Sarah Mitchell.


CHATHAM, VA — John Lewis Beaver, 64, of Chatham died Sunday night, June 1, 1980, in Danville Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Rowan County, North Carolina, June 8, 1915, a son of the late John Alexander Beaver and Florence Beatrice Eagle Beaver. He was a graduate of Wingate College and Elon College, and attended the American University of Shrivenham, England. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army and spent most of his life in Pittsylvania County, teaching at Schoolfield High School and serving as a teacher, coach, and athletic director at Hargrave Military Academy. At the time of his death, he was the quartermaster at Hargrave.

Surviving are his wife, Reba Jones Beaver; daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter Patricia, Henry, and Sarah Mitchell of Chatham; and four brothers M. Frank Beaver, Glenn A. Beaver, both of China Grove, North Carolina, Harold W. Beaver of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Jesse D. “Jim” Beaver of Salisbury, North Carolina.

The funeral will be held at Watson Memorial United Methodist Church Tuesday, June 3, at 2 p.m. by the Rev. Richard Keller and the Rev. Lance Knowles. Interment will be in Hillcrest Burial Park, Chatham. Scott Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The family is at the residence at 108 Peach Street, Chatham.


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