Charles Earl Beck Sr.
Charles “Charlie” Earl Beck Sr. came into this world kicking and
laughing on April 14, 1945. He was born to happy parents, Guy Lee and
LaRose Beck, who were so excited to finally give birth to a baby boy
after having three girls.
He passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on the morning of June 29,
2019. Charlie is survived by his loving wife of 52 years – July 8,
1967, Jan Dale Beck, his three children: Charles “Chuck” (Loydena)
Beck, Rosanna (Brandon) Blair, and Lee Beck. He is also survived by
his sister, Barbara Beck, and brother, George (Deris) Beck;
sisters-in-law: Peggy Joy (James Russell) Dumas and June (Mike)
Harrison; five grandchildren: Albanie, Katie, Chandler, Allison, and
Andrew “Drew”, many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents; parents-in-law; sisters, Donis Beck
Barnes and Myrtle Rose Beck; and brother-in-law John Howard Barnes.
Charlie and Jan were not only partners in life but also often partners
in business. They owned and operated a Western Auto Store in Mt. Olive
and later a Union 76 service station aka “Beck’s Four Way Truck Stop”
in Prentiss. Charlie also worked for Shell Oil Company while he and
Jan lived in Florida.
After moving their family to Ruston, Louisiana, Charlie worked for
Stinson Industries, X-Chem, Oil-Flo Chemical, and more recently
Charlie served his country with pride enlisting and serving over six
years in the Mississippi National Guard. He also served his community
and was President of the Rotary Club in Prentiss where he directed the
completion of many community projects.
He was a man of strong faith serving as a Sunday school teacher and
deacon in the Mt. Olive and Prentiss, Baptist Churches, and was a
Sunday school director in Prentiss. He loved music and was a member
of the church choir. He was a maestro on the harmonica. Blues,
bluegrass or country, it didn’t matter. Out came the harmonica and he
could play for hours. No doubt, he is singing and playing right now
with his mom and sis in heaven’s glorious band. Charlie was a
faithful member of Temple Baptist Church in Ruston.
Charlie was a big teddy bear with a heart as big as all outdoors. He
loved and enjoyed life whether it was with his brother George and
their Mississippi buddies; having coffee and pretending to work out
with his Temple Baptist Men’s Group; he and Jan traveling around the
wild west with his sis, Bobbi and Lucy; riding any train he could
find; tailgating at Mississippi State where his three children
graduated from; fishing on the Ouachita; attending various programs,
baseball games, beauty pageants and graduations with his grandchildren
or just Pops and Nana spending time around the swimming pool and
cooking on the “Que” with family. Charlie loved his family and
cherished every minute God gave him with them. He will be missed more
than words can say.
Services were held July 3, 2019, at the Temple Baptist Church Chapel
in Ruston, Louisiana. Visitation was 10-11 a.m. Celebration of Life
was at 11 a.m. Honorary pallbearers were Temple Baptist
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to be made to
St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com