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Lawrence B. Bean

November 11, 1929 — January 21, 2013

Mr. Lawrence B. Bean, 83, of Liberty, TN, died January 21, 2013. He was born in Washington, DC on November 11, 1929. His parents were the late Edwin Temple Bean, Sr. and Mary (a’Becket) Bean. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Mary Osborne. Survivors include his wife, Bonnie (Axley) Bean of Liberty; son, Lawrence B. Bean, Jr. (“Skip”) and wife Jill of Penobscot, ME; daughters, Cynthia Lee Bailey of Rochester, NY, and Pamela (husband Christopher Panfil) of Angola, NY; step-son, Christopher Brunetto of Seminole, FL; step-daughter, Angeline Brunetto Sprague, M.D. and husband Timothy Sprague of Christiana, TN; brothers, Edwin Temple Bean, Jr. (wife Susan) of Buffalo, NY, and Neil Bean (wife Patricia) of Wilmington, NC. He had five grandchildren: Katherine Lee Bailey, Silas Jude Panfil, Becket Alexander Panfil, Kendall Faith Sprague and Ethan Ray Sprague. He was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Lebanon, TN. He was involved in establishing the Carmel Center of Spirituality, a Catholic retreat center in Liberty (DeKalb County), TN. He and his wife Bonnie devoted much of their time and energy assisting the priests of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate at the Center. Mr. Bean grew up as a young man in East Aurora, NY. He was a veteran of the U. S. Naval ROTC program while at Clarkson College, NY, where he obtained a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering. He was President of Conax Florida Corporation of St. Petersburg, FL, which produces life support systems for the U.S. Navy and Air Force. Mr. Bean was an avid reader and had worked as a Librarian in the Dowelltown and Liberty Library for 15 years. Mr. Bean had requested that his body be cremated. Memorial Mass will be held on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2 PM at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 300 South Tarver Ave., Lebanon, TN . In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Carmel Center, P.O. Box 117, Liberty, TN 37095. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent via www.smithfuneralhomewoodbury.net on the guestbook page. Call Smith Funeral Home for other details, (615)563-5337.
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