Vincent E. Beemer, 85, Navy veteran and accomplished pastor

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Vincent E. Beemer
Vincent E. Beemer

The Rev. Vincent E. Beemer, was born in Vinton, Virginia, on August 13, 1931, and went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Freda Brown Beemer, in 1986, and is survived by his present wife, Ellen. The Rev. Beemer graduated from Covington High School, Covington, VA, in June 1950, and he joined the U.S. Navy in January 1951, where he served in the Pacific Theatre during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in October 1954. He began his college career in January 1955 and graduated from Central Bible College in January 1959, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Bible Major. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Christian Education from New York University and Biblical Seminary in June 1965.

His ministerial career consisted of pastoring the following Assemblies of God churches: Buchanan A/G in Buchanan, VA, 1961-1963; Valley Forge Christian College in Green Lane, PA, 1966-1969 (He was an instructor and a member of the Board of Administration.); Central A/G in Cumberland, MD, 1969-1973; Manassas A/G in Manassas, VA, 1973-1988; Calvery A/G in Beckley,WV, 1988-1998; and semi-retired in Yorktown, VA, in August 1998.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen Colston Beemer; two daughters, Elaine Beemer of Asheville, NC, and Andrea Shearer, and her husband, Christopher, of Virginia Beach; and two granddaughters, Baylee and Abby Shearer. He is also survived by two sisters, Freida Cutts and Margaret Rocker of Yorktown, VA; and numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore Roosevelt and Nora Pruitt Beemer; his sister, Jo Ann Cole; and three brothers, Pete, Harold and Charles Beemer.

Rev. Beemer was faithful in finishing his ministry and is now in the presence of his Savior, Jesus Christ, awaiting that great day of reunion with all his family and friends.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, in the chapel of Amory Funeral Home, Grafton. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Aged Ministers Assistance, 1445 N. Boonville Ave., Springfield, MO 65802.