Joseph Malcolm (Mackie) Sidney Beaugh, born April 7, 1924, in Church Point, Louisiana, died Saturday, October 23, 2010 after a short battle with lung cancer, with his loving family at his side.
He is survived by Joycelyn Bergeron Beaugh, with whom he shared 64 years of marriage; five children and their spouses, Michael Beaugh and his wife Ruth (Sandgren) of Chino, CA; Deborah Johnson and her husband John of Jacksonville; Joseph Beaugh and his wife Jan (Slaughter) of Jacksonville; Cheryl Farmer and her husband Robin of Plainville, CT; and Connie Stemen and her husband Mark of Jacksonville.
Grandchildren: Scott Johnson and his wife Rindy (Zeringue) of Starkville, MS; Michael Johnson and his wife Mary Frances (Lanahan) of Jacksonville, FL; Travis Johnson of Washington, DC; Adam Beaugh of Jacksonville, FL; Paige Grymes and her husband Jamie of Sacramento, CA; Justin Stemen and his wife Crystal (Milk) of Jacksonville, FL; and Aaron Stemen and his wife Christina (Dossey) of Gainesville, FL; great grandchildren, Michael John and Neely Johnson; and Tyler Stemen.
In addition, he is survived by his sister Narcille (Beaugh) Cain of Baton Rouge, LA; sister-in-law Yvonne (Bergeron) Hammons of Jennings, LA, and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents Sidney Beaugh and Elizabeth Colligan Beaugh; siblings, Lola (Beaugh) Comeaux; Lois (Beaugh) DeJean; James Riley Vance (Cree) Beaugh; and Clara (Beaugh) Busby.
Mackie graduated from Church Point High School, class of 1940; attended Southwest Louisiana Institute, Lafayette, LA; and served with the United States Navy from 1942 to 1946. After five years of civilian life and realizing his passion was with the military, he reenlisted in the Navy in 1951during the Korean Conflict and retired in 1968 with more than 20 years of service. During his service he served on the USS Kitty Hawk, the USS Ticonderoga, the USS Hancock, and the USS Bonham Richard. After active duty he was a Civil Service Employee at Cecil Field NAS in Jacksonville for 18 years, with time spent on the USS John F. Kennedy, the USS Enterprise, the USS Forestall, and the USS America.
Forever known as Pop-Pop by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and Daddy Beaugh by close family friends, he was an inventive story-teller, delighting everyone with fantastic tales. Christmas gifts were to be discovered rather than just received, and many times accompanied by special notes or stories showcasing his unique sense of humor. He took great pride in his Cajun heritage, and was a terrific cook of Louisiana specialties and barbecue. He loved Snoopy, Charlie Brown and all the Peanuts characters. He enjoyed fishing for bream and bass, was a voracious reader, and completed the crossword puzzle and word jumble every day. He was a meticulous record-keeper, and had a special fondness for animals, particularly dogs.
In their later years he and his wife enjoyed several afternoons a week watching movies from their fantastic DVD collection, often interrupted by family visits on Sunday afternoons. Those visits home were usually accompanied by little parting gifts of a jar of favorite pickles, a bag of spicy chips, a box of Little Debbie snack cakes, or some other favorite treat.
The family would like to extend a special thank you for the support and compassion of Community Hospice Foundation, and our many friends, neighbors and extended family who reached out during this difficult time.
Visitation will be October 28 Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 5753 Blanding Blvd 6:00 to 8:00 pm with the Rosary beginning at 7:00 pm. Funeral services October 29 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 5752 Blanding Blvd at 10:00 am, with interment at 12:30 pm at Jacksonville National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church Building Fund or Community Hospice Foundation, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257.