Marion Billie "Bill" Beason

September 21, 2018

Marion Billie “Bill” Beason

TIERRA VERDE, FLA. – Bill Beason was a rare and fortunate soul. He was a success in business, building a fiberglass manufacturing company from the ground up while also succeeding in the other ways that enrich a life: He cherished his wife and family, doted on four granddaughters who called him PawPaw, and relished simple things like a day on the lake and an evening out with friends.

He passed away unexpectedly at home on Sept. 21, 2018, a good life ended too soon. He was 79.

Bill was born on Jan. 7, 1939, in Cliffside, N.C., the son of Ralph and Sadie Beason. The youngest of three boys, he was raised on the family farm in Rutherford County, an hour or so west of Charlotte. He got his work ethic from his father, who ran a service station and did construction among other labors to support his family. He graduated from Cliffside High and then nearby Gardner-Webb College, where he played basketball. Back in the day, at 6 feet 6, he was a bear of a young man. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from Clemson University in 1961. It was his springboard to a flourishing career.

He started in textiles at Burlington Industries, then moved into fiberglass operations at PPG Industries. Developing a deep knowledge of glass fiber technology, he worked with such industry leaders as Owens Corning and Johns Manville. He took the professional leap of a lifetime in 1991 when he founded B&W Consultants while living in Sylvania, Ohio. It was essentially a two-man consulting operation to the fiberglass industry. The company grew to become B&W Fiberglass, a Shelby-based manufacturing company that employs more than 300. Its expertise led B&W, and Bill, all over the globe to consult with foreign governments and multinational corporations.

Today, B&W has manufacturing plants in North and South Carolina, United Kingdom and Taiwan. Products are made and shipped as raw materials to more than 40 countries around the world.

Bill would tell you that of all the blessings that came his way, nothing topped marrying the former Pamela Gray on July 1, 1978. Their first date, no surprise, was to a Clemson basketball game. They celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary this past summer.

Bill and Pamela’s son, Brent, succeeded him as president of B&W Fiberglass, with Bill remaining involved in the business. Though they moved several times, including to San Antonio, Texas, and Sylvania, Ohio, the Beasons lived for 13 plus years in Forest City, not far from his birthplace. Since 2013, they had been enjoying life in Tierra Verde, near Tampa, Fla., with a second home on Lake Lure.

Bill is survived by his wife, Pamela Gray Beason; two children – Mitzi Lewis and her husband, Gary, of Charlotte, and Brent Beason and his wife, Blair, of Charlotte; four granddaughters – Sara McKenzie Lewis, Sophie Elizabeth Lewis, Anna Gray Beason and Sadie Ellen Beason; and two sister-in-laws, Johnie Dickson and Jerry Beason.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Oren Lee Beason and Donnie Davis Beason.

Bill filled his life with service. He was on the board of the Clemson University Foundation, served as President of the Rutherford-Cleveland County IPTAY club, a founder of the Lake Lure Preservation Society and was appointed to Lake Lure Town Council. He also served his country in the U.S. Army Reserves. Bill bled Clemson orange. Both children graduated from Clemson, and one granddaughter, McKenzie, is currently a sophomore. For the Beasons, there is no better autumn Saturday afternoon than cheering on the powerful Tigers football team to another victory in Death Valley.

A Christian man, he was a member of Island Chapel Church in Tierra Verde, Fla., and Fairfield Mountain Chapel in Lake Lure.

Bill Beason enjoyed working in the yard and being on the water, fishing and boating. He was protective of loved ones. He was larger than life and outgoing, he enjoyed talking with anybody about anything. If there was something he could do for you, he would.

A rare and fortunate soul indeed.

A service to celebrate his life will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, at Forest Hill Church, 7224 Park Road in Charlotte. A reception will immediately follow the service at Carmel Country Club, 4735 Carmel Road.

Instead of flowers, a gift in his memory can be made to the Beason Family Endowment established through the Clemson University Foundation to support entrepreneurial leadership. Checks can be made out to the Foundation, marked M. Bill Beason ’61 and Pamela G. Beason Endowment and mailed to P.O. Box 1889, Clemson, S.C. 29633. You can also make a memorial gift at https://cualumni.clemson.edu/remember/bill-beason.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

 

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  • Fran Eskew

    I was so sorry to hear that Bill had passed away. I did not even know until last night but should have known something was wrong when I did not see the Beason tailgate at Clemson, recently. My prayers go out to the entire family. Bill was an amazing leader at work and loved his family dearly. I will always be grateful for the opportunity I had to work for him and his family in Shelby at B&W Fiberglass. I will always remember his stories about growing up in Cliff Side and raising scholarship money for his Clemson Tigers. Please let us know if there is anything we can do. We send our deepest sympathy, love, and prayers.
    Sincerely,
    Fran Eskew

  • Peggy P. Houser

    Peggy Putnam Houser; and Husband-Wayne Newton Houser, of Lake Houser --near Cliffside, N.C.; send our deepest condolences to the precious and sweet family of Sir Billy Beason, --our lifetime close and dear friend for all these many years!!!!! Our hearts were deeply saddened and touched to know that Bill passed away so suddenly in his sleep; --- and we share your grief and pain in this loss of your very special husband for many precious years together, and pray that Our Majestic Heavenly Father will send you the deep peace and comfort you need at this time of your life, and the lives of your precious and sweet family members during this season of pain and loss of your very special loved one!! It is awesome the way God can send epic - peace, -- and comfort at times like these;-when suddenly your world has turned upside-down; and you truly need the special- deep - peace that only Our Heavenly Father-God can soothe the deep pain of separation and loss that comes in our hearts for sure!!!!!! Just want to let you know we are sending intercessory comfort prayers to help you during this difficult time of your life, and may you find comfort in knowing that you were a great wife and help-mate to your professional husband and leader of his international companies; as there is always a good woman behind each successful man:--"encouraging, helping in tremendous ways--- all through the years!!! I recall when Mr. Bill Beason introduced you to all his classmates from dear ole' Cliffside High School;-- as "he was just beaming and so happy that you two had found each other; & you both always looked so happy and joyful at every special occasion we shared!!! You two made an excellent team, and you both have such a lovely family now; to continue loving and cherishing in life's continued journey on this earth!! May God send you extra strength these busy days, and hold YOU so close to HIS big - loving -- heart, -- as life continues on!! We keep you in our daily prayers and just know GOD will send you peace and great comfort day by blessed day, as many of our families and friends are lifting You and your precious family members up in fervent prayers, and pray and hope you can already feel the power in intercessorry prayers from your many sweet friends!! Sending love and hugs for you now;--so catch them, and hold on to the almighty Hands of Our Heavenly Father. -- all the while!! Love and hugs and prayers from Peggy Putnam Houser; & Wayne Newton Houser at Lake Houser., N.C.

  • Katie Lee

    Pam, Brent, and your family I am truly sorry for your loss. Hopefully the condolences and prayers of your loved ones can help comfort you all during this difficult time.

  • Joely and Trey Mauck

    Bill and Pam adopted us in Toledo, Ohio in 1991. From there our friendship grew and they became our dearest and most cherished friends. We feel so blessed that they came into our lives so many years ago. They were the first to RSVP to my 50th birthday party in May. We laughed, danced and reminisced the entire weekend. Our hearts are broken and our thoughts and prayers go out to Pam and her amazing family. God bless Bill. He was one of a kind.

  • Jeanine Stone

    I had the privilege of getting to know Bill, meet his lovely wife and also Brent. My husband Wally and myself are so sorry for your loss and wish to extend our heartfelt condolences.

  • Susan Buccellato

    Mitzi, Gary, McKenzie, Sophie, and all extended family I am so very sorry for your loss. Praying for you all!!

  • Kevin Richardson

    My sincere condolences to Pam and family.
    I had the good fortune to work with Bill at PPG & most recently B&Zelle Fiberglass. Bill was one of the most likable & entertaining gentleman & friend I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I will always have fond memories of our times together. Bill will be missed!

  • Bob DesRosiers

    Sorry for your loss, my deepest condolences

  • David Rhinehart

    The last time I saw Mr. Beason was just a few weeks prior after enjoying a fun filled weekend in Texas. When leaving he gave me a firm handshake, a hug, and said we (My wife and I) are always a part of the family. That's the memory I will keep of him. Straight forward, generous, and loyal to those close to him. RIP

  • Meg Leatherwood

    Pam and family...how broken hearted I was to learn if Bill’s passing. You guys were the best neighbors (Gastonia, NC) anyone could wish for. Fond memories of Bill being “larger than life” and a truly amazing person. Bless you all!