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Rufus Wilford Beamer, Jr.
May 1, 1943 - Aug 20, 2021
Rufus Wilford Beamer, Jr. passed away Aug 20, 2021. He was born May 1, 1943, to the late Rufus W. Beamer and Charlotte Crews Beamer in Alexandria, VA. During the first five years of his life, he spent time with his maternal grandparents George W. Crews and Mabel Cridlin Crews of Alexandria, VA and Saxe, VA. He also spent time with his paternal grandparents Harden M. Beamer and Minnie Gardner Beamer of Hillsville, VA while his father served in the U.S. Army during WWII. In 1948, he moved to Knoxville, TN when his father became a member of the University of Tennessee faculty in the College of Agriculture Education. Other than two years living in Cali, Colombia, South America in 1956-58, Rufus rarely left Knoxville.
Rufus (or Wilford to his family) is survived by his son Clayton Wesley Beamer of Knoxville, TN. He is survived by his lifelong significant other, Betsy Oglesby, her son, Andy Oglesby and wife Amanda. He is survived by his sister, Elizabeth Beamer Craig (Bob) of Abingdon, VA, his brother, Robert G. Beamer (Martha) of Greeneville, TN and his Aunt Louise Crews Thompson (Redding) of Nashua, NH and Aunt Virginia Crews of Decatur, GA. He leaves nephews, Robert E. Craig, Jr., Brian C. Craig, Phillip H. Beamer, Andrew O. Beamer, and a niece Allison V. Craig, and (3) great nieces Ava Craig, Lily Beamer and Sierra Beamer. He leaves behind a host of friends and colleagues.
He attended Flenniken Elementary School and was a graduate of the Class of 1961 at South High School, Knoxville. He enjoyed a life long friendship beginning while at South High School with James McMahan. He received his bachelorís degree from the University of Tennessee and received his law degree from the University of Tennessee Law School in 1971. He was an ardent Vols fan and supporter of UT Athletics.
He served in the U. S. Army 7th Infantry Division from 1967 -1969, and was assigned to United States Army Criminal Investigation Division Command (USACIDC) at Camp Casey, a U. S. military base in South Korea.
Following his military enlistment and attaining his law degree, he became a long time, well-known and respected attorney in Knox County, practicing law for 50 years. He was licensed in the Eastern District and tried cases in both Tennessee Supreme Court and 6th Circuit Appeals Federal Court. During these 50 years as an attorney, he developed and maintained some long-term and special friendships within the field of attorneys in Knoxville.
One of Rufusí great enjoyments was being up in the air flying his Piper Cherokee airplane. He always felt free and happy there.
ďOh, I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth and danced the skies on laughter silvered wings;
Sunward Iíve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds, and done a hundred things you have not dreamed of-wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence. Hovíring there, Iíve chased the shouting wind along, and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long, delirious burning blue Iíve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace where never lark, or even eagle flew.
And while with silent, lifting mind Iíve trod the high un trespassed sanctity of space, put out my hand, and touched the face of God.Ē John Gillespie Magee
Burial with military honors was in the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, 2200 East Governor John Sevier Hwy, Knoxville, TN (Section 13, Row H, Site 53).
Memorials or donations in honor of Rufusí memory may be made to his fatherís fund -The Rufus W. Beamer Fund c/o VA Tech Foundation, Inc., Office of University Development (0336), Blacksburg, VA 24061 which provides scholarships to graduate students in Education at VA Tech.
The above information includes details online here at the time of this posting.
Cemetery details are per the Veteran's gravesite locator here.