Agene Beach

Agene Beach

Tuesday, April 28th, 1931 - Friday, March 27th, 2020
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Mr. Agene Beach, born Tuesday, April 28, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois, was the fourth of seven children born to Lorenza and Maggie Beach. He attended and graduated from Forrestville Elementary School, Dusable High School, and Wilson Jr. Collage, majoring in Accounting.

While attending DuSable, Agene was the co-captain of the successful Panthers high school basketball team. Agene was always popular. While attending high school, he met Verda Pradd who he dated and later married. Upon graduating high school in 1948, Agene volunteered for the U.S. Navy and was promoted to the position of Quartermaster 3rd class on the USS Libra, which he navigated and signaled for 4 years. Acquiring an honorable discharge, Agene completed classes and earned certificates as a Horticulturist, a Cabinet Marker, and a Real-estate Broker. Later he joined the Chicago Police Department. Agene was selected and trained to join a small group of policemen who taught children and all citizens against illegal drugs. Out of his assigned 12th district station, he organized sport teams that were joined by gang members and partially sighted and physically disabled children. Agene loved children and was known for his caring and effective relationships with them, school staff and the entire neighborhood. Many times he invited classrooms of children to meet him at the local Burger King for burgers. Agene even taught his neighborhood children to safely identify and record suspicious persons in the community. He had an outstanding relationship with the Maxwell Street entrepreneurs. He was named "The Officer Friendly" and has received many letters and awards to attest to his effectiveness.

In 1986, Officer Friendly Beach, on his way to work was hit in his police car by a careless driver. The car was demolished and Officer Friendly Beach was badly injured. Though he was thought to be dead, God had spared his life. It was at this point, under the pastor-ship of Dr. Marcus H. Morgan of the Emerald Avenue Church of God, he embraced the church and was anointed a Deacon. Agene served faithfully as a Deacon while physically able.

Agene also completed a degree in Urban Education through the first City College of Chicago's Dual Enrollment program between Malcolm X College and the University of Massachusetts called the UMass Program.

In 1985 he accompanied his wife Verda to Kendleton, Texas at the request of the Commission of Higher Education, the Board of Higher Education of Anderson University and the National Association of the Church of God's In-Service Training Institute (ISTI) to redevelop and revive the college there in Kendleton. Agene again began working with the children through the school to improve attendance.

Agene attended the Million Man March in Washington DC and was an avid supporter of the Men's Ministry at his church. He was a member of their national meetings. Agene supported, attended, and recruited members to attend the Men's Health Forum meeting quarterly at Trinity United Church of Christ. Agene's theme often quoted was "They would do better if they knew better."

In 2018, Agene became critically ill and died of a heart attack on March 27, 2020. Agene and Verda had two children, Adona and Vernetta Beach, who preceeded him in death.
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Salome Lewis

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Posted at 12:34pm
Rev., Dr. Sister, BEACH and grandchildren, great grandchildren just wanted to let you know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers with the lost of Deacon Beach. He has always had a special place in my heart. He always asked how me and my guys were doing. Always had a encouraging word for me. I pray that you remember the good memories/times you all shared. Praying for God's love,peace, grace, strength will be with as you mourn this man of God.
Love, Denneen Hooper Grant and family.

Ethel Orr Posted at 12:13pm

Dear Dr Verda and family, my condolences and prayers are with you. I know God will keep you in His loving His care. Sister Ethel Orr

Geraldine Thomas

Posted at 08:48pm
Dear Verda and family,
At times like this, words often seem inadequate , as we attempt to express our feelings of sympathy.
I will truly miss Deacon Agene's gentle spirit, calm demeanor, and concern for others .
Praying that God's loving presence will surround you with peace and comfort during this difficult time .
May God undergird you with strength and heal your hearts with the memories of your loved one .
Love and Prayers ,
Geraldine ( Gerri ) Thomas

Joy Bush

Posted at 08:19pm

Joy Bush

Posted at 08:15pm
I’ll always have fond memories of Deacon Agene Beach, the father of my good friend Adona Beach. The entire family embraced me when I joined the church in the late 1970s. Suffice it to say, he will be sorely missed. He always had a pleasant demeanor, very open and friendly (I think his daughter Vernetta had his temperament) . As a matter of fact, through my knowing the Beach family, I ‘enjoyed’ 33+ years at Allstate Insurance Co, which was a true blessing. Deacon Beach, Rest In Peace. Condolences to the entire Beach family.

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