|Birth: ||Feb. 11, 1970|
Riverdale (Clayton County)
|Death: ||Jun. 4, 2009|
Staff Sergeant John Curtis Beale died in service to his country in Afghanistan.
John grew up playing with toy soldiers and admiring his father who had served in the U.S. Navy. John graduated from Riverdale High School in Clayton Co., Georgia, and married his high-school sweetheart, Crystal Gayle ("Kristy")Collier. Their marriage produced a son and a daughter -- Christopher Matthew and Calye Madeline.
John served in the U.S. Army from 1991 to 1994, serving in Operation Desert Storm. In 2005, he joined the Georgia Army National Guard. He was working for the Clayton County Water Authority when his unit was deployed in May 2009.
He was with the 1st Batallion, 108th Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition Squadron of the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team when his convoy truck struck a roadside bomb and came under small arms fire near the Kapisa province in northeast Afghanistan. Two comrades in arms died in the same attack: Spc. Jeffrey W. Jordan, 21, of Cave Spring; and Maj. Kevin M. Jenrette, 37, of Lula. They were in Afghanistan to train Afghan security force officers and police forces. The unit had been in Afghanistan for only about three weeks.
John's father, William Beale, said that military service "was the only thing John ever wanted to do." Military traditions are strong in John's family: John's father served in the U.S. Navy, and one of John's brothers served in the U.S. invasion of Panama in 1989.
In the words of John's stepmother, Dolly Beale, "He was a good person. He was fighting for his country. He loved what he was doing for his country."
John Beale was a wonderful man who loved God, loved his family, loved his country, and had many friends. There was a mile-long procession that escorted the fallen soldier from the airfield back home, and over a thousand people turned out for his funeral at Eagle's Landing First Baptist Church in McDonough, Georgia where John was a faithful member. The procession from the church to the cemetery was nearly four miles long.
In addition to his widow, their two children, his father, and his stepmother, John is survived by his brothers Michael Beale and Timothy Beale and their families; by his grandfather, William R. Beale; by his father-in-law, David Collier; by his brother-in-law, David E. Collier and by his grandmother-in-law, Geraldine Fullerton (whom John called "Grannie"). John's mother-in-law, Karen Collier, preceded him in death.
We all miss John but know we will see him again in Heaven.
He is a Hero
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Record added: Jun 06, 2009
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