Mr. Alvin G. Beaman, 85, Nashville business magnate, chairman of the largest automotive dealership in Tennessee, and, retired president of one of the largest bottlers and distributors of soft drinks in the Southeast, died Sunday, July 13, 1997, at his home.
Mr. Beaman was the founder and Chairman of Beaman Motor Co., now Beaman Automotive Group. He also was the retired President of Beaman Bottling Co., whose total franchise area consists of 47 counties in Tennessee and 10 in Georgia.
Nashville's business community expressed its sorrow. He was a longtime friend of mine and my father. He was a good businessman and a fair competitor, and, I held him in the highest esteem,said Jim Reed III, chairman of Jim Reed Chevrolet, Geo, Subaru and Isuzu. He will be greatly missed.
Mr. Beaman was a "pillar of the community,"said John Barker, President of Two Rivers Ford. There was just nobody any better, as far as morally speaking or the credibility that he had. When he went to a meeting, he demanded all the respect in the world
He was certainly one of the very to business leaders of Nashville and was very civic minded,?said LaDonna McDaniel, vice-president of communications with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.
Mr Beaman was co-founder and former co-owner of Channel 5 television and a co--founder and former owner of WKDA radio.
Despite his success as a businessman, de declined to take the credit, saying he believed that the people with whom one surrounds himself are the greatest asset in business.
But how you treat those people,he said, makes the difference. When treated as honorable individuals and justly rewarded, people will respond and surprisingly show you just how far your organization can go.?BR>
Mr. Beaman, a Knoxville native, was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Beaman. He married the former Sally Meadow.
He was president of his senior class at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where he received a degree in business administration in 1933.
His bottling career began in 1936, when he organized Beaman Bottling Co. In the early years, he wasn't a stockholder.
It was only after he bought out the other stockholders in the early 50's that the company embarked on a program of expansion and development, and, the acquisition of additional franchises.
In 1946, Mr. Beaman founded Beaman Motor Co., which sold Dodge and Plymouth automobiles.
Mr. Beaman was a director of the First American National Bank.
He was a pas president, a former director and a member of the American Bottlers Association, and, a past president, a former director and member of the Tennessee Bottlers Association.
Mr. Beaman was a member of the UT Board of Trustees, a past president and member of the UT General Alumni Association, a member of the Board of Governors of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, a member of the former Nashville Board of Park Commissioners, a director of the former Community Chest and a past president and member of the Nashville Exchange Club.
His wife donated $650,000.00 to purchase 1,500 acres of forest, creeks, and, wildflowers, near Joelton, with just two strings attached, the land be kept as a park or greenway for at least 99 years, and, be named for her husband as Beaman Park.
Survivors besides his wife, includes a son: Lee A. Beaman of Nashville; two daughters: Carol Andrews of Jackson, Wyo. and Barbara Seig of Charlottesville, VA.; three sisters: Margaret Jeffries of Knoxville, Jean Walker of Gatlinburg and Charlotte Tate of Knoxville; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Mr. Alvin G. Beaman
February 19, 1912
July 13, 1997
Roesch-Patton-Austin-Bracey-Charlton, Nashville, TN