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Joanna Beach, 95
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Joanna Grove Beach was born May 6, 1924, and passed away May 13 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. 

She was the daughter of the late Joe and Maude Deweese Grove and the last surviving child of 11. Preceding her in death were her brothers, Robert, Tom, Billy, Jimmy, Otis, Drake and Terry Grove, and sisters, Artie B. Pickett, Sophie Dell and Edith Bayless. 

She was married to the late Solon Beach for 42 years, and is survived by their children, Dee Kinnard of Sparta, Marty Beach of Sale Creek, Ann and Dean Lee of Mt. Juliet, and Jan and Wayne Mitchell of Sparta. She was blessed to be Granny and MaGrand to Danny Cummings, Tracie and the late Keith Ford, Kristy and Chad Smith, Matt and Christy Beach, Cason and Messina Hayes, Julie and Doug Smithhisler, Candice and Wes Burtner, Cameron and Alicia Mitchell and great-granny of 19, Daniel, Drew, Grant, Patton, Blair, Arden, Brock, Isabel, Carter, Anna, Tensley, Max, Reese, Grace, Scarlett, Kate, Carly, McKinley and Colin. “Her children rise up and call her blessed.” Proverbs 31:28. She also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, and dear friends. 

Joanna, Joann, or “Jo,” as she was affectionately called, was born in the Rocky River community, but her family moved to the New Martin or Fall Creek Falls area when she was five. She has written many stories and poems throughout her 95 years about her childhood and adult life. She lived through the great depression and yes walked to school barefoot! She was proud of the fact that all her brothers and her son served our country in the military. Joanna was poor but resourceful and always took time to be a servant and help others in her community. A hard worker all of her life, she worked in factories, was a teacher’s aide, checked campers in at her beloved Fall Creek Falls State Park, and cared for the elderly. She had a passion for gardening and a green thumb like no other! Joanna was an active member of the home demonstration club for many years and enjoyed singing old folk songs at the Fall Creek Falls Folk Festival for the past 40 years. Most importantly, she loved her Savior, Jesus Christ, and her church families at Wheeler Hill and Mt. Della Church of Christ. She has left behind a legacy of love, faithfulness, and service. 

A funeral service will be held at Oak Lawn Funeral Home in Sparta on Thursday, May 16 at 6 p.m., and the family will receive friends from 2-6 p.m. Graveside service and burial will be at the Walling Cemetery, in the Fall Creek Falls Community, at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 17.

In lieu of flowers, plant some of your favorite flowers in your garden or give a donation to Friends of Fall Creek Falls, The Walling Cemetery Fund, or to her beloved church families at Wheeler Hill Church of Christ or Mt. Della Church of Christ. Donations may be mailed to Oak Lawn Funeral Home, 1786 Smithville Hwy, Sparta, TN 38583, c/o Joanna Beach Family.

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) May 15, 2019