Homer Lebo Beeman, 79, of Bartlett Run Road, Barton crossed over Jordan on May 15, 2016 to be with Jesus, the One he preached and sang about for so many years.
Born September 18, 1936 in Garrett County, he was the son of the late Oscar and Flossie (Broadwater) Beeman of Knapps Meadow, Lonaconing. He was also preceded in death by a brother Clyde Beeman and his niece Donna (Clark) James, as Homer preached, she was the first leaf to fall from the family tree.
Pastor Beeman was retired from Westvaco, as a pipefitter, until he received his call into the ministry. On April 19, 1974 he began to preach at the Stoney Run Baptist Church, Westernport, where he was pastor for two years. In 1976 he accepted a call to the First Baptist Church in Keyser, WV, where he served as Pastor for ten years. During his time there, the attendance went from 40 to 585 members, and a new church building was established. He retired from the ministry after eight years at the First Baptist Church in Westernport. He had an evangelistic ministry, holding revivals at various churches throughout the Tri-State area.
From 1972 until 1995, he was the MC for The County Gospel Singers, a family group who usually performed within a 100 mile radius of the area. He was a singer, songwriter, and musician playing the fiddle, mandolin and banjo for the band. The band had 7 recordings, 33 ½ records, and 8 tracks, tapes and CDs.
Homer and his family became caretakers for his parents for three years. Upon their departing, Homer joined a local band called the Highland Grass for ten years
Between 1986 and 1990, he and a family crew did construction work. He also drove a truck for a short period of time. He was an avid gardener at his home in Barton and his home in Florida. Homer and his wife owned property in North Fort Meyers. His gardens were the pride of the neighborhood. He also spent time in Sebring, FL.
Homer gave most of his life serving others. People would gravitate towards him for advice, counseling and prayer. God used him as a channel for His love to flow through. He married and buried many members of the family.
Homer is survived by his wife of 60 years, Freda (Barnes) Beeman, the love of his life. He is also survived by his son, Homer Daniel Beeman and wife Lynn of Keyser, WV; four daughters, Wanda Herron and husband David of Maysville, WV, Wilma Salesky and husband Robert of Keyser, WV. Jewel Lambert and husband Marty of Westernport, and Cheryl Brashear and husband Clint of Westernport. Homer is survived by two brothers, Robert Beeman and wife Saundra of Frostburg, Roger Beeman and wife Sandy of Moneta, VA; and three sisters, Edna Clark of Lonaconing, Louise Skidmore and husband Stanley of Frostburg, Lavona Sines and husband Ronnie of Frostburg; and a sister-in-law, Jean Beeman of Frostburg. Homer is survived by his grandchildren, Ronnie Henson, Dawn Herron and fiancé Jonathan Geary, Jason Salesky and wife Angel, Brent Salesky and wife Cassie, J.D. Beeman, Alesha Beeman and A.J. Mongold, Kelli Evans, Steven Ruckman and wife Rachel, Daniel Ruckman and wife Katelynn, Stanley Lambert and wife Deloris, Angela Diehl and husband Jeremiah, Ray Lambert, Clint Brashear and wife Danielle and Matthew Brashear and wife Katie. Homer is also survived by numerous great and great-great grandchildren.
Family and friends will be received at the Boal Memorial Chapel, Barton, on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 from 3 pm to 7 pm. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home chapel on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 11:00 am with the Reverend George Loar officiating.
Interment will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Moscow Mills.
“He fought a good fight and finished the course, henceforth is laid up for me a crown of righteousness.”