Melford Ray Beamon age 80 of Lebanon, died Monday morning, Dec. 23, 2013 at his residence after an extended illness with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). Born in Independence, Kansas, he was the son of the late Ernest R. and Hazel Beamon and was preceded in death by his sister, Earldene Tanner. He graduated from Danville, Illinois High School in 1951 and received his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering in 1956 from the University of Illinois. He served in the U.S. Corp of Engineers both active duty and reserve duty achieving the rank of 1st lieutenant. In 1962, he joined Eli Lilly and Co. in Indianapolis, IN in the engineering department. His career at Lilly continued until his retirement in 1991. Assignments included project engineering, production assignment and the role of Manager of Engineering and Maintenance at the Clinton, IN plant of Eli Lilly and Company. Mr. Beamon and his wife, Patricia, moved to Watertown in 1994 to be closer to her family and to Lebanon in 2005. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Watertown. Mel is survived by his wife of 54 years, Patricia Zue Ashworth Beamon; children, James R. Beamon and wife, Isabel of Hawaii and Ronald J. Beamon and wife, Penny of Franklin, TN; grandchildren, A.J. (Nora) Beamon and Nick Beamon of Virginia, Ross Beamon of Hawaii, Adrin Chism of Nebraska, Heather Beamon and Hilary Beamon both of Tennessee, Adam (Michelle) Sanborn of South Korea, Taylor Rhea of New York, Benjamin Rhea of Tennessee; and his great granddaughter, Peyton Beamon of Virginia. Funeral services 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 at Hunter Funeral Home with his son, James Beamon and Rev. Don Mathis officiating. Visitation 4-8 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. till service time on Friday. Pallbearers will be family members. Interment with Military Honors at Wilson Co. Memorial Park in Lebanon, TN. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Nashville Chapter of ALS, 4825 Trousdale Dr. #107, Nashville, TN 37220; MDA Association, 3354 Perimeter Health Dr. #145, Nashville, TN 37204-0244 or to ALIVE Hospice at 1718 Patterson St., Nashville, TN 37203.