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Jasper Benoit Becker
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Birth: Aug. 10, 1899
Death: Jan. 30, 1997

Jasper "Jap" Becker was the seventh son and eleventh child of Ferdinand Francis and Mary McGrath Becker. He learned well from being with his older brothers, and thus, started school in the second grade, and then skipped the third grade. He was 14 and in the 10th grade when his father's bank closed during the Panic of 1910. He left school to begin working at McGrath's store, never graduating high school and never attending college. At age 16, he went alone to Chicago to take a two month course in window decorating for McGrath's. Later that year, Jap went alone to New York City to buy the first read-to-wear fashions for ladies. The idea of women buying dresses already made was a new one at that time. He also went to Michigan to purchase stock at the furniture fairs. For year, he was instrumental in producing the fashion shows held on McGrath's porch roof which became a big event in Brookhaven, MS each season. Jap and his brother, John, opened Benoits, a ladies specialty store, in 1922. John moved to Jackson, MS in 1929, leaving Jap the sole owner. Benoits became well-known and well-respected, continuing to operate in Brookhaven until 1984. At the time of its closing, Benoits was owned by Jap's nephew, Victor Becker.

Jap married Eloise Tippins October 23, 1931, and in 1934 they bought the house at 518 S. Church Street for $3,200. There they raised their three children, Margie, Jappy Jr., and Judy.

(Source: excerpts from biography, as written by Jasper Benoit Becker's daughter, Judy Becker Andry, for "The 1994 Reunion of The Becker Family") 
 
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 Parents:
  Ferdinand Francis Becker (1856 - 1938)
  Mary Ellen McGrath Becker (1859 - 1951)
 
 Spouse:
  Eloise Tippins Becker (1909 - 2004)*
 
 Children:
  Jasper Benoit Becker (____ - 2014)*
 
 Siblings:
  Mary Aileen Becker Phillips (1879 - 1959)*
  Ferdinand Victor Becker (1881 - 1972)*
  Susie Becker Seemann (1883 - 1971)*
  Josephine Mercedes Becker Drane (1885 - 1960)*
  William Henry Becker (1887 - 1961)*
  Kathleen Raphael Becker Wuescher (1889 - 1978)*
  John Thomas Becker (1891 - 1964)*
  Pierre Johnson Becker (1892 - 1968)*
  James Angelo Becker (1895 - 1984)*
  Martin Grover Becker (1898 - 1969)*
  Jasper Benoit Becker (1899 - 1997)
  Margaret "Evelyn" Becker Briscoe (1902 - 1959)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Cemetery
Brookhaven
Lincoln County
Mississippi, USA
 
Maintained by: Caroline Passmore
Originally Created by: Michelle Woodham
Record added: Mar 25, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35118941
Jasper Benoit Becker
Added by: Caroline Passmore
 
Jasper Benoit Becker
Added by: Caroline Passmore
 
Jasper Benoit Becker
Added by: Michelle Woodham
 
 
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