Effie Cherry Beam of Porterdale, GA died Friday December 30, 2011 at Abbey Hospice. She was born on June 22, 1931 in Porterdale, GA to George Washington and Nell Whitley Cherry. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Mrs. Beam was a member of Cannan Baptist Church for 52 years and also a member of the Porterdale Womens Club. Mrs. Beam is survived by daughter Mary Johnson of Porterdale GA, daughter and son-in-law Deborah and Gary Hanson of Oxford GA, son and daughter-in-law Mark and Susan Beam of Covington GA; sister Sela Harper of Covington GA; grandchildren Robin Johnson, Greg Hanson, Adam Hanson, Ellen Chaffee, Mark Beam Jr., Stacy Beam, Brandon Beam; great grandchildren Hannah Hanson, Reagan Hanson, Payton Hanson, Lillia Chaffee, Gabriel Chaffee and Eli Beam. She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 49 years M.G. Beam Jr., parents Nell and George Cherry, sisters Francis Cox, Hazel Dickerson and brother Pete Cherry. Services will be held at 3:00PM on Monday January 2, 2012 at Canaan Baptist Church with Dr. Scott Caudill officiating. Interment will be at Lawnwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, January 1, 2012 from 4:00-8:00PM. Guest may sign the online register book at www.wheelerfuneralhome.com. Wheeler Funeral Home 11405 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington, Ga. 30016.