Savana Clarke Beam, 88 of Autumn Care of Drexel, NC, formerly of Maplewood Drive in Council Oaks, died Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at Grace Hospital. Born in Avery County, NC on September 18, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Winfield Clarke and Lydia Rose Clarke. Savana was a lifelong member of the Baptist Faith. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, and grandmother.Savana is survived by her sons, Douglas "Doug" Beam and wife, Doris, of Morganton, Stanley "Stan" Beam and wife, Sandra, of Morganton, Joseph L. "Butch" Beam and wife, Joyce, of Murrells Inlet, SC, and Ricky "Rick" Beam and wife, Nancy, of Bethlehem, NC; daughters, Margaret Stamey and husband, Charles, Morganton, Elaine Lawson and husband, Russ, of Charlotte, NC, Nancy Davidson and husband, Carlton, of Concord, NC, and Carolyn Bollinger and husband, Mike, of Gamewell, NC; sixteen grandchildren; twenty-four great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; a host of nephews and nieces; a special niece, Eula Harrison; and a dear friend, Savannah Souther.In addition to her parents, Savana was preceded in death by her husband, A.J. Beam; a brother, David Clarke; sisters, Roxie Franklin, Emma Clark, and Ollie Barrier; and a grandson, Jimmy Stamey.The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 13, 2010 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Reverends Carlton Davidson and Don Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pregnancy Care Center, P.O. Box 368, Drexel, NC 28619.

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