Leslie James Beal, 92, of Beebe, formerly of Manila, died Jan. 23, 2010, at the Beebe Retirement Center in Beebe. Mr. Beal was born Dec. 7, 1917, to the late Jessie James Beal and Viola Melvin Beal at Joiner. Mr. Beal was a carpenter, millwright, World War II Army veteran, of the Pentecostal faith, a licensed minister, fisherman, made crafts in his shop, and loved boats and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Rachel Fair Beal of Blytheville; four sons, Lester Beal of Paragould, Bobby Beal of Austin, Lloyd Beal of Lyndon, Ill., and Don Beal of Rector; two daughters, Katherine Murphree of Paragould and Patricia Rosnow of Lyndon, Ill.; two stepsons, Henry Miles of Mississippi and Shorty Miles of Holland, Mo.; six stepdaughters, Rita Larue and Florence Hale, both of Holland, Mo., Louise Raymond of Dell, Hope Brumley of Gosnell, Teresa Lawson of Milan, Tenn., and Betty Richardson of Gosnell; 18 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren; 29 great-great-grandchildren, 22 stepgrandchildren, 32 stepgreat-grandchildren, one stepgreat-great grandchild and a host of other family and friends.
Mr. Beal was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Celia, the mother of his children; a daughter, Dorothy Beal, and a grandson, Gregory Don Beal.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, at the Pentecostal Holiness Tabernacle in Manila with Rev. James Baker and Rev. David Fair officiating. The family received visitors at 11 a.m. Monday at the Pentecostal Holiness Tabernacle in Manila.
Faith Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.