- The Enterprise
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The Charles County Sheriff’s Office lost one of its brothers this week.
Sgt. David Robert Beall Jr., 41, of Mechanicsville died Tuesday after a two-year battle with brain cancer.
Fellow officers transported Beall to all of his medical appointments during his illness, and Beall stayed on with the sheriff’s office in the community oriented policing unit until recently when he was put on light duty due to his illness. Beall, in his 18 years with the agency, also served as a patrol officer, according to information provided by the sheriff’s office. He began his duties with the agency in the corrections unit where he met friend and later next-door neighbor Sgt. Charles Baker.
Baker said Beall was a great guy who was loud, vociferous and had “an awesome sense of humor.”
Beall loved working, but he loved his family even more, Baker said.
Beall was married to Karen Beall, a St. Mary’s County public school teacher. They had three children, Wyatt, Samuel and Faith. Wyatt preceded Beall in death.
Baker said he and Beall worked together at the sheriff’s office for about 18 years. Outside of the station, the two coached T-ball, baseball and softball together for 10 years.
Though he didn’t coach it, Beall was a football fan and liked watching the Miami Dolphins, Baker said. Beall also enjoyed watching NASCAR and camping.
Charles County Sheriff Rex Coffey said Beall was the type of officer who loved his job and had a great attitude while he did it.
Coffey (D) said he didn’t get to know Beall personally until after he retired from the agency and came back later as sheriff.
Having gotten to work a little with Beall and getting to know him better, Coffey said, “He was everything a police office should be.”
Beall was a team player and put the agency first, his friend said. He was “a hell of a cop but a better person,” Baker said.
“He was a guy with no enemies,” he said.
Up until the time of his death, Baker said Beall was optimistic.
Baker recalled visiting Beall in the hospital last month. A nurse came in and said she was sorry for what Beall was going through. Baker recalled Beall telling the nurse not to feel sorry for him, that there were a lot of people out there who were worse off than he was.
Coffey also recalled Beall’s optimism, never hearing him complain as his health declined. Coffey said the good positive attitude runs in the family.
“The Beall family is a good bunch of people,” he said.
Beall served in the U.S. Air Force and received many medals, including the Air Force Good Conduct Medal, according to Beall’s obituary.