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Sept. 27, 1945 — March 18, 2019
Janet Broadhurst Beaman, 73, of Wilson, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Monday, March 18, 2019.
A lifelong resident of Wilson, Janet was loved and respected by many. She will be remembered for her intelligence and admired for her years of devoted service to Greenfield School, to her church as well as numerous local and state organizations. She was well respected for her calm approach in leadership roles and for her love and guidance to generations of children and young adults.
Janet graduated from Ralph L. Fike High School in 1963, graduated from East Carolina University in 1967 with a B.S. in mathematics education, and graduated with a master’s in education from East Carolina University in 1971. During her years at East Carolina, she was a member of the Marching Pirates; president of Cotten Hall and chairman of the Women’s Judicial Council.
Upon graduation with her B.S. degree, Janet began teaching in the Wilson County public schools. Early in her career, she was named “Wilson County Outstanding Young Educator.” In 1972, she moved to Greenfield School as a mathematics teacher and went on to become assistant headmaster and then served as headmaster of the school for 25 years, during which time the school grew and prospered under her leadership. Upon her retirement from Greenfield, she was chosen as a member of The Order of the Roundtable, honoring her for decades of commitment and loyalty to the school. Her statewide reputation grew during her tenure at Greenfield as well and she was elected and selected by many organizations to serve in leadership roles. She served as secretary, vice president, president and then as a member of the advisory board of the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools. She served as board member of the North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association and as vice president, president and board member of the Coastal Plain Independent Conference. She also served both locally and statewide as a lead evaluator for AdvancEd, a worldwide educational accrediting agency.
Janet was equally devoted to the First Baptist Church of Wilson. She was a lifelong member, serving in many capacities over the years including deacon, chair of the Long-Range Planning Committee, chair of Sunday school greeters, secretary of the Senior Adult Council program and chair of the Senior Adult Council. She also carefully maintained the weekly Sunday school records, year-in and year-out.
She also dedicated herself to serving the Wilson community throughout the years. Many organizations and clubs benefited from her knowledge and expertise. She was especially proud to serve as the first female president of the Wilson Rotary Club and served for many years as youth services director.
Janet was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest Eugene Broadhurst and Janie Reid Broadhurst; and niece, Cassie Faith Edwards.
She is survived by her loving husband of more than 51 years, Thomas Edward Beaman; her son, Thomas Edward Beaman Jr. (Pam); sister, Susan Edwards (Robert); sister-in-law, Ann Sutton; niece, Kamden Holland (Dustin); nephew, Grant Edwards (Lauren); niece and nephew-in-law, Kathy Morris (Jay), Mark Sutton (Jayne); and many great-nieces and nephews
Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 20, from 6 – 9 p.m. at Joyners Funeral Home, 4100 Raleigh Road Parkway W., Wilson. The funeral will be held Thursday, March 21, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 311 Nash St. W., Wilson. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery, 400 College St. NW, Wilson.
Flowers are welcome or memorial donations may be made to Greenfield School, 3351 N.C. 42 W., or First Baptist Church of Wilson, P.O. Box 1467, Wilson, NC 27894.
Arrangements are by Joyners Funeral Home.