Virginia Gay Dowdy Beacham

Published 11:46 am Wednesday, July 24, 2019

March 25, 1926 – July 21, 2019

Kitty Hawk – Virginia Gay Dowdy Beacham, 93, of Kitty Hawk, NC died Sunday, July 21, 2019, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

A native of Powells Point, she was born March 25, 1926, to the late Lindsey Lee Dowdy and Maude Inez Barnard Dowdy.

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Gay was raised in both North Carolina and Virginia, graduating from Maury High School, Norfolk, VA in 1943. After graduation, she worked at Norfolk Naval Base through World War II and until 1951.

In 1952, she made Kitty Hawk, NC her home where she became a business owner with her husband Sam Beacham. She was a loving wife and mother who gave unconditional love to her family.

In 2004, Gay and Sam were honored guests at the National World War II Memorial dedicated by President George W. Bush.

In addition to her parents, Gay was preceded in death by her husband, Alvis G. “Sam” Beacham; sister, Ernestine Dowdy Twiford Owens; brother, Lindsey “Buddy” Dowdy Jr.; sister-in-law, Ernestine Dowdy; and brothers-in-law, Earl Twiford and Edward Owens.

Gay is survived by three sons, Mike A. Beacham and wife Wanda, Ricky A. Beacham, and Tim A. Beacham and wife Loui; seven grandchildren, Brad Beacham and wife Rachel, Matt Beacham and wife Emily Beth, Jason Beacham, Richard Beacham, Samuel Beacham, Sarah Beacham, and Maggie Gay Beacham; and seven great-grandchildren, Emily, Seth, Evan, Mason, Ava, Perry, and Brighton.

A graveside funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 26, 2019, at Austin Cemetery, Kitty Hawk, NC. The family will receive friends and relatives Thursday evening from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to DAV – Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250 or online at

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories can be shared at