On June 22, 1933, a handsome son was born to Vester & Fannie Honeycutt Bean in Strong, Arkansas.
At a very early age, James accepted Christ as His Savior and united with the Pine Grove Primitive Baptist Church in Strong, Arkansas.
James received his early childhood education at Gardner High School in Strong Arkansas. After high school, he went to work in the timber industry to provide for his family as a Truck Driver for Dugal Logging and later went to work for Georgia Pacific. After leaving Georgia Pacific he returned to the Timber industry and became an entrepreneur, starting his Pulp Wood Contracting Business and was awarded a contract with Georgia Pacific in Crossett Arkansas for approximately five years. After retiring from his entrepreneur business, he decided to continue his work ethics as a Truck Driver for Houston Phelps Logging and Marty Wilkerson until his health began to fail. Affectionally known on the CB as “Boll Weevil”. He was known as a man of integrity and honesty. God gave him the gift to become an expert in his field. He had the ability to negotiate with landowners and to deal effectively with other business owners.
In his spare time, he loved watching football, and his favorite team was the Baltimore Ravens. James expressed a strong spirit of generosity and enjoyed riding all over town just being a liberal giver to the people of his community.
He believed that God blessed him to serve many family members, friends, and neighbors in the community.
In 1955, James united in Holy Matrimony to Velma Lovett Bean.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Velma Lovett Bean, his son; Michael Price Bean; four sisters; Georgia Mae Moses, Earnestine Daniels, Christine Clemons, and Ella Mae Bridges; two brothers; Elisha Bean and Robert Bean.
James transitioned from this life on Saturday, August 29, 2020, at his residence in Strong, Arkansas.
His precious memories will be cherished by his children; One daughter; Toni Dixon (Edward Lee) of Strong, Arkansas, four sons; Wardell Bean (Jean) of El Dorado, Arkansas, Gary Leon Bean (Sheila), Glenn Bean (Marsha) both of Strong, Arkansas , and Victor Bean (Shawn) of Mt. Holly, Arkansas. One sister; Louise Billings of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. One brother; Tommy Honeycutt of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He also leaves eleven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends who will miss him dearly.
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