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DR. PETER J. T. BEETON

 
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SAVANNAH, GEORGIA – Dr. Peter James Tillstone Beeton, 88, of Savannah, Georgia, husband of Petronella “Nell” Augusta Biekart Beeton, died Wednesday afternoon, September 30, 2009, at Savannah Square surrounded by his family.

Born in Brighton, England, he was a son of the late Barnard Beeton and the late Dulcie Tillstone Beeton.  Dr. Beeton was of the Episcopal faith. He was a member of the South African Division of the British Navy for four years. Dr. Beeton graduated from New York Medical College in 1953. He did his internal medicine residency at United States Public Health Service Hospital on Staten Island in 1959 and earned his Masters of Public Health at Johns Hopkins in 1968. Dr. Beeton was in charge of the United States Public Health Service Hospital in Savannah from 1968 until 1976. He retired as a Captain after 25 years with the United States Civil Service at Tuttle Clinic on Hunter Army Air Field and prior to that was a Captain for 23 years for the United States Public Health Service. Dr. Beeton was a volunteer American Red Cross Lifesaving Instructor and an assistant coach for the Hunter Army Air Field Swim Team. He was a member of the Savannah Celtic Pipe Band in the 1980’s. Dr. Beeton loved the water, woodworking, photography and playing the bagpipe. He was an accomplished cabinet maker who was known for his quips and great sense of humor. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Elisabeth Murphy, and her husband, Butch.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Petronella “Nell” Augusta Biekart Beeton of Savannah, Georgia; one son, Scott D. Beeton and his wife, Paula, of Birmingham, Alabama; three daughters, Gail Beeton Hardison and her husband, Eddie, and Nan Beeton Edson and her husband, Bruce, all of Tampa, Florida, and Dawn Beeton Kicklighter and her husband, Donnie, of Savannah, Georgia; nine grandchildren, Peter, Samantha, Lance, Lauren, Paige, Haley, Kelly, Lisa and Christy, and several nieces and nephews.

A private memorial service will be held at 1 o'clock Sunday afternoon in the chapel of Gamble Funeral Service conducted by The Reverend Peter J. Hartmann.  Interment will be private.

Remembrances:  The Salvation Army – 3100 Montgomery Street, Savannah, Georgia 31405 or St. Mary's Home – 2170 East Victory Drive, Savannah, Georgia 31404 or Hospice Savannah – Post Office Box #13190, Savannah, Georgia 31416-0190.

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  1. Susan "Brown" Loughlin says:

    I just learned about Dr. Beeton from my mother, who received a call from my brother Dennis, who lives in Savannah. I have fond memories of playing at the Beeton house, the house of my best friend Dawn. It’s certainly been a long time since the 70’s, yet I remember Dr. Beeton’s humor. I also remember that he ran a tight ship in the household, and that applied to me too. My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you remember your husband, father, grandfather, and friend.

  2. Chip Birch says:

    Dear Nan, Gail, Dawn, Scott and Mrs. Beeton,I am saddened by your loss. I have great memories of swimming for Dr. Beeton and with all of you on the HAAF swim team. When I think of Dr. Beeton, I often remember a late night when I called Dr. Beeton for help for a friend of mine. I had brought several friends home for spring break. One developed a minor medical emergency while here. Dr. Beeton could’ve easily advised us to go to the emergency room and not to worry because they would fix him right up, and we would have been happy for the advice – instead he said “bring him on over and I’ll take a look at him”. This was a testiment to him and his caring nature and probably saved my friend a heap of money. I’m glad to have known Dr. B and will always remember him with gratitude.My thoughts and prayers are with you all.Sincerely,Chipp.s. – Sheree also sends heartfelt condolences.

  3. Gene & Betty Twiggs says:

    Nell and family. We are so very sorry for the loss of Dr. Beeton. We did not get the information until Sunday. We loved Dr. Beeton as tho he was a family member. I worked with him for almost 25 years and loved and laughed every day. Gene and I are on the road now but will see you as soon as possible. Keep in touch. Much love to you Nell and to all of the family. Betty

  4. Gene & Betty Twiggs says:

    Nell and family. We are so very sorry for the loss of Dr. Beeton. We did not get the information until Sunday. We loved Dr. Beeton as tho he was a family member. I worked with him for almost 25 years and loved, and laughed every day. Gene and I are on the road now but will see you as soon as possible. Keep in touch. Much love to you Nell and to all of the family. Betty

  5. Al and Twila Ashton says:

    So sorry to hear of Dr. Beeton’s death, he was a wonderful man that will be well missed.

  6. Lynn Byrd says:

    Dear Mrs. Beeton and family. I am sorry to hear of Dr. Beeton’s passing he was truly an inspiration to all who met him. I came to work with him at Tuttle Army Health Clinic just a month before my first child was born so he was a part of my family for many wonderful years. I will always remember the days working with him at TAHC and how he kept everybody on their toes. My family and I will remember the days when he & Mrs. Beeton would come to Mom’s house and he would play with my children in the swimming pool. He was always the life of the party with the kids. My oldest daughter now 31 will always remember Dr. Beeton because everytime he saw her as a small child he asked her what time she went to bed and she always replied nine-thirty and he always referred to her as nine-thirty. I was very blessed to have known him and Miss Nell and considered them a part of our family. I am sure that he will be missed by all who knew him. Condolences to the entire family.

  7. Lynn Byrd says:

    Dear Mrs. Beeton and family. I am sorry to hear of Dr. Beeton’s passing he was truly an inspiration to all who met him. I came to work with him at Tuttle Army Health Clinic just a month before my first child was born so he was a part of my family for many wonderful years. I will always remember the days working with him at TAHC and how he kept everybody on their toes. My family and I will remember the days when he & Mrs. Beeton would come to Mom’s house and he would play with my children in the swimming pool. He was always the life of the party with the kids. My oldest daughter now 31 will always remember Dr. Beeton because everytime he saw her as a small child he asked her what time she went to bed and she always replied nine-thirty and he always referred to her as nine-thirty. I was very blessed to have known him and Miss Nell and considered them a part of our family. I am sure that he will be missed by all who knew him. Condolences to the entire family.

  8. Anna Stacholy says:

    Dawn, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. I know how much he meant to you. Condolences to your entire family. I am sure this must be an extremely difficult time; but I hope there is some comfort in knowing how loved he was.

  9. Montine Earls says:

    Dr. was not only my doctor for seventeen years, he was my friend for twenty-five. During that time, he treated my ailments. In 1995, however, his quick and accurate diagnosis saved my life. During the following months of my recovery, he couldn’t have given me better care or been more caring.He was a unique man. You better not ask his opinion on an issue, unless you wanted to hear his true thoughts. Unlike most men, he had no trouble talking about the depth of his affection for his “sweetie,” “darling,” “beautiful,” Nell. His face would light up and he’d get a big smile when he spoke of her. On many occasions, he talked about how he could have never had a private practice. He said that he would not have been able to charge patients for their medical care.People like Dr. Beeton are becoming a rarity. We will miss him greatly. However, he will live on in our menories and hearts.Mrs. Beeton, we love you. You and the family are in our hearts and prayers.

  10. Elaine Scoggins says:

    There are a few rare times in life where you meet someone and both of you instantly take a liking to each other. That happened with me and Dr. B. and it stayed that way for life. He was always happy to see me and I felt the same way about him. This is a tremendously positive thing for a child’s self esteem (mine) to have an adult (Dr.B.) respond to them in that way! Because of his keen mind and quick wit, our conversations were always lively and interesting. He was ahead of his time in many ways–a dedicated daily swimmer long before anyone else (young or old) really believed that exercise was a key ingrediant to a healthy life. He also had a passion for travel and adventure before that was popular either. These things about him left a deep impression on me at an early age as I hung around Dr. B’s house with his daughter Nan…so much so that I incorporated them into my own life and continue to do so today. Last, a few years ago, he had an unquestioning belief in me by becoming my first client when I started my own business. I will never forget that. Thereafter he always reminded me not to forget that “I will always be your first and favorite client.” You always will be Dr. B. and I will never forget you or the part you played in my life. love always, elaine

  11. Ross Pollack, M.D. says:

    I had the privilege of knowing Dr.Peter Beeton and his wonderful wife Nell since I was stationed as young U.S. Army Medical Corps officer at Hunter Army Air Field in 1980-81.Through the past many years, I was fortunate to be able to continue my friendship with both of these exceptionally fine individuals through phone calls,cards, and visits.Peter was a very caring physician, a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, and a man of many talents-including woodworking,bagpipe music, swimming, and gardening. He was a true friend, and my life was definitely enriched by having known him.

  12. Mohan & Diana Rao says:

    Please know that we were so saddened to hear of Dr. Beeton’s passing and express our heartfelt condolences to the Beeton family. We had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Beeton when he visited Nan in Florida and knew him to be a witty conversationalist with great stories to tell. He will be missed by all that knew him.

  13. Gayle Powers says:

    Gail, my dear friend, we read about your father’s passing in the paper. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I know your father was loved so much not only by you, but by all those with whom he came in contact.

  14. LaNora Davis & Sammy Scholes says:

    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. We are here for you always.

  15. Stephen D. Ailes says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Dr. Beeton passing away. He did so much for me when I first moved here to Savannah in 1983. I was new to Savannah, new to the band, and Dr. Beeton treated me like one of his children. I will miss not being able to say goodbye. Godspeed, Dr. Beeton.Nell, you and yours are in all my prayers!

  16. Rita Campbell says:

    I am saddened to hear of Dr. Beetons passing,30 years ago I came to Savannah, HAAF and shortly after Dr. Beeton became MY Dr. He was a fine and caring man who treated Me and My son for years. I will always remember Him fondly. My prayers are with the entire Beeton family.

  17. Mark N Dye DMD and Staff says:

    We are extremely saddened to hear of Dr. Beeton’s passing. He was a wonderful man, and he will be greatly missed. Our prayers and thoughts go out to Mrs. Beeton and the entire Beeton family.With Deep Sympathy,Dr. Dye and Staff

  18. Ken Earls says:

    I am fortunate to have known Dr. Beeton for twenty-six years, sixteen of those years as his Red Cross Volunteer at Tuttle Army Health Clinic. I enjoyed the conversations I had with him about aviation and the trips he and Mrs. Beeton would take. I spent many enjoyable afternoons having tea at their home. I always had great respect for him. It is an honor to have had him consider me as a friend.Mrs. Beeton and family, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  19. Lauren Hardison says:

    Grandad I love you and will miss you greatly. You were such an amazing man, and I will always cherish the memories I had with you. Thank you for everthing you’ve done for me, the family, and so many others throughout your long life. You’ve had such an impact on so many and will be dearly missed. We love you.

  20. Diane Raeckers says:

    Well, the Lord better be ready to hear some very interesting stories as Dr. Beeton sits down next to Him to chat a bit. I bet he even asks Him what time tea will be served. Dr. Beeton was a special,one of a kind man and I was very, very lucky to have known him as Nan’s dad. He made me laugh, he kept me on my toes and I admired how much his chilren and Mrs. Beeton meant to him. I send my love to the entire family and I will be thinking of you on Sunday. Love, Diane

  21. Larry and Donnell Cheek says:

    We are deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Beeton. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  22. Chris & Gaye Williams says:

    Dawn, Christy and the Beeton Family. You are in my thoughts and prayers today and the days to come. Sorry for your loss. Dr. Beeton sounded like a GREAT man.

  23. Dawn Beeton Kicklighter says:

    Dad you have always been my hero. I love you so much.”Fair winds and following sea’s”

  24. Christy Greathouse says:

    I love you grandad and i miss you SO much! You taught me so much in my life. You were like my best friend and a father to me. I cant wait to see you again one day. I love you!!!!

  25. Jerry and Gail Case says:

    Our condolences to the family and friends. Dr. Beeton was a remarkable man.

  26. Kathy & Doug Fairchild says:

    My heartfelt condolences to the Beeton family. Dr. Beeton touched many lives through his long and distinguished career, helping people and healing patients, the world was a better place because of him.

  27. Barbara H. McCoy says:

    My deepest condolences to the family of this fine man.

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