|Birth: ||Mar. 31, 1934|
|Death: ||Nov. 22, 2008|
Mrs. Harlean Beal, a longtime Fort Worth music teacher and principal, and "an educational giant in our community," died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008, at a local hospital after a brief illness. She was 74.
Funeral: Noon Saturday, East St. Paul Baptist Church, 3500 Oak Grove Road West, Pastor L.S. Wilson officaiting. Burial: Emerald Hills Cemetery. Wake: 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the church.
In 1996, when the music-teacher-turned-principal retired from Forest Hill Elementary School, almost 400 people signed a petition asking to have the school renamed in her honor.
Mrs. Beal, who lived in Arlington, often visited her namesake school during retirement.
Harlean Berry was born March 31, 1934, in Corsicana to Henry and Acquilla Berry. She attended Bishop College in Marshall and met fellow student Gerald Beal in 1950. After they graduated in 1954, she took a teaching job in Dallas, while he became a teacher and coach in Fort Worth.
They married Sept. 10, 1955, and soon thereafter, Mrs. Beal took a job in the Fort Worth district, where both spent the rest of their careers.
Mrs. Beal was an active member of East St. Paul Baptist Church and of numerous organizations, including the Fort Worth chapter of The Links, one of the largest and oldest volunteer groups led by African-American women.
Survivors: Those left to cherish her precious memory are, her husband, Gerald Beal; children, Ronald K. Beal and Dr. Cheryl Beal Andeson and husband, Donnie; grandchildren, Brittani Anderson and Joshua Kenneth Anderson; a host of other relatives; and many friends.
Published in the Star-Telegram on 11/27/2008
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Record added: Nov 27, 2008
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