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James Leonard Beckham
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Birth: Aug. 26, 1936
Harris County
Texas, USA
Death: Jan. 10, 2011
Corpus Christi
Nueces County
Texas, USA

James L. Beckham of Corpus Christi , Texas passed away peacefully on January 10th, 2011. He was born to James Walter and Bessie Lee Beckham in Houston , Texas on August 26th, 1936. He grew up in the George West and Papalote areas. He was a Graduate of George West High School, and attended Schreiner Institute in Kerrville , and Del Mar College in Corpus Christi . James was known by many different names: Jim, 'Big Jim', Beck, Sonny, Haus, Daddy, and Paw Paw. Jim was a member of the Pipeliners Union Local 798 for 50yrs. His career with the Union afforded him the opportunity to travel all over the United States from helping lay the Alaskan Pipeline to laying pipe all over the lower 48. Throughout his travels, Jim made many friends. He never met a stranger he couldn't win over with a plate of his Texas style BBQ that he made in the pit hitched up to his truck. Friends he made along the way were friends for life, not because of his cooking which was a good enough reason, but for the same reasons his family loved him.

Jim loved many things: his BBQ, fishing in his boat, dancing, having a good time, his good friends, and especially his family. The loss of Jim is bearable only through the wonderful memories and love he leaves behind. He will be dearly missed, but never forgotten.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents: James Walter and Bessie Lee Beckham, and his half brother Charles Beckham.

He is survived by his daughter Tracy L. Galvan (Carlos) and his grandchildren Breannah and Brenden of Corpus Christi . His step daughters; Marianne Plante (Keith) of Minnesota; Tammie Vallet-Sandre (Ken) of Minnesota; Corrie Vanburen of California; Tina Bauer of Missouri. and their respective children.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 14, 2011 at Maxwell P. Dunne Funeral Chapel. Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 15, 2011 at Papalote Protestant Cemetery in Papalote, Texas.
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  James Walter Beckham (1890 - 1961)
  Bessie Lee Johnson Beckham (1911 - 1989)
Papalote Protestant Cemetery
Bee County
Texas, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 28.17265, -97.57726
Created by: Bobbie Camp Floyd
Record added: Jan 12, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64108890
James Leonard Beckham
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