Visitation Information:

November 18th, 2017 at 02:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery and Crematory
2030 Memorial Park Road Gainesville, GA 30504

Service Information:

November 19th, 2017 at 03:30 PM
Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery and Crematory
2030 Memorial Park Road Gainesville, GA 30504

Mrs. Margaret "Peggy" Hulsey Beam, 91

~~Margaret “Peggy” Hulsey Beam took her last breath on Saturday evening, November 11, 2017, at Westminster Suncoast in St. Petersburg, FL, surrounded by her children. She had recently celebrated her 91st birthday when a sudden onset of metastatic cancer was discovered. Her family extends heartfelt thanks to Hospice Suncoast for easing her transition into the next life.

Peggy was born November 8, 1926, in West Union, WV, to the late Eldin and Madge Powell Cottrill. She met her husband, John Hulsey, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH, in 1949. They were married, and John brought his new bride back to Warner Robbins, GA, where John served out his enlistment in the Air Force. The couple later moved to Murrayville, GA, where they raised their five children. Peggy quickly adapted to her new home, recalling fondly in her last hours how her former sisters-in-law Euphemia Stephens and Olene Stevens introduced her to southern cooking and old-time religion. Peggy earned her LPN at Lanier Technical College and practiced nursing until her retirement in 1991. She married Captain Walter Beam in 1999. The couple lived in Hampstead, NC, before moving to Florida.

Peggy is survived by her son Ronald Hulsey and his wife Kaye of Gainesville, GA; daughter Martha Smalley and her husband Ray of Gaffney, SC; Daughter Deborah Christie and her husband Jack of St. Petersburg, FL; Daughter Connie Watjen and her husband Andrew of Acworth, GA; grandchildren Delena Croy, John G. Hulsey, Jamie Hulsey, Jay Roth, Ronald Hulsey II, John Duke, Kenneth Duke, Stephanie Cornelson, Nicholas Smalley, Jessica Odom, Sarah Watjen, and John “Jackie” Christie III; 11 great-grandchildren; and many beloved nieces and nephews. Peggy is preceded in death by her brothers Eldrid, Charles, Lyle, and Leroy; her sisters Joanna and Nelda; her daughter Margaret McNally; her granddaughter Tina Maddox; and her grandson David Tetrault.

A celebration of Peggy’s life will be held Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 3:30 P.M. in the Chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home with interment to follow. The Reverend Dr. Chris Swan will officiate. The family will receive friends on Saturday, November 18, 2017, from 2:00–4:00 P.M. and 6:00–8:00 P.M. at the funeral home.

Those she left behind may find inspiration in Peggy’s favorite Bible verse, Philippians 4:8. It reads, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

In keeping with that sentiment, we welcome fresh flowers in celebration of Peggy’s life. Like her, their beauty and fragrance are fleeting, but the joy they bring lingers long after they are gone

Memorial Park Funeral Home, 2030 Memorial Park Road, Gainesville, GA  30504 is in charge of arrangements.
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Arden Autry 2017-11-17 06:19:22
My condolences to the whole family but especially to Martha, whom I know personally. I recall your mother as gracious and kind, and as one who loved the Lord. You will miss her. Expect to see her again.
Stephen Ducker, MD 2017-11-18 09:23:41
My sincerest and heart felt condolences to Martha and family for their loss. It was my honor to be involved in the medical care of this beautiful and gracious lady whom I have often said reminds me of my own Mother. Goodbye Ms Beam, you will be missed. Dr D
Barbara Grant 2017-11-18 14:57:40
I had the opportunity to know Peggy through her daughter, Debbie. What an amazing person she was! The world was better with her in it but God decided to take this beautiful soul from us. I am continuing to pray for Debbie and Jack and the entire family for healing at this time of bereavement.
Jack Shuler 2017-11-18 15:20:36
Your mother was a very sweet woman. She always treated me with respect kindness. I greatly admired her steadfastness and strength. The world will be a lesser place without her. Please accept my condolences.
Kathy Coleman 2017-11-19 21:43:10
Loving thoughts and prayers for the family and friends of this lovely lady.
jane cochran chosewood 2017-11-20 12:05:21
I remember your mom so well She was a special lady My thoughts and prayers go out especially to Martha and Ronald whom i grew up with and went to school Keeping you in my prayer with love
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