Alice Trula Creager Beale

Published 3:58 pm Monday, June 3, 2019

COURTLAND — Alice Trula Creager Beale passed away peacefully in her sleep on June 1, 2019, in her hometown of Franklin, Virginia.

Alice Trula
Creager Beale

Alice was born on June 22, 1929, in Bluefield, West Virginia, to William Alcoke and Janie Thompson Creager.

She grew up in NorthFork, West Virginia, and graduated from NorthFork High School in 1947. She began her college career at Greenbrier Women’s College where she obtained a diploma in 1949. She completed her education at Radford College, obtaining her B.S. degree in elementary education and physical education in 1951.

In 1952 she married Ryland Franklin Beale Jr., and taught school as she moved around with him through his Air Force assignments. She eventually settled on the Beale family farm where she was a first grade teacher in Franklin City Public Schools for 30 years while nurturing two daughters.

She also managed the family farm accounting with her husband.

She is predeceased by her husband, Ryland F. Beale Jr.; parents, William A. Creager Sr. and Janie T. Creager; and brother, William Alcoke “Billy” Creager Jr.

Alice is survived by her two daughters, Deborah A. Beale and husband, Oma “Doodle” Underwood, of Courtland; Sarah Beale Cobb and husband, Jerrel Wood “Jerry” Cobb Jr., of Holly Springs, North Carolina; and grandchildren, Shannon Cobb Bowling and husband, Daniel Bowling, of Roswell, Georgia, and Jerrel Wood “Trey” Cobb III of Charlotte, North Carolina; and sister-in-law, Iris Rinderer Creager of Martins Ferry, Ohio.

Alice was a member of the Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority. She was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Gamma Delta Chapter, an International Women’s Society for women educators. She was an active member of Courtland United Methodist Church for numerous years, and more recently Grace Memorial United Methodist Church.

Alice was passionate about her family and community. Her love for God and her family remained steadfast while continually sharing this love with others. Her life was also filled with nature and pets. She always enjoyed playing bridge with her many friends.

The memorial service will be in her honor at Grace Memorial United Methodist Church in Sedley, Virginia, with a graveside in the Poplar Spring Cemetery in Franklin, on Saturday, June 8, at 2 p.m. Visitation will follow the service in the Beale home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be shared with Agriculture in the Classroom: 12580 West Creek Parkway, Richmond, VA 23238-1110. Online condolences may be sent to the family through

Alice will remain an extraordinary teacher in all of our lives as she touched so many of us with her loving, caring and patient demeanor.