|Birth: ||Sep. 3, 1944|
|Death: ||Jan. 21, 2012|
Sam Beckett (1944-2012)
Samuel Morris Beckett passed from this life on Saturday Jan. 21, 2012 at Texoma Medical Center in Denison Texas.
Sam or Sammy as his family knew him was born on Sept. 3, 1944 in Sherman, Texas to Ezra Bow and Evelyn Inez Sanders Beckett. Sam is a fourth generation native to Grayson County. His great-great grandparents came in 1854 to live with Uncle Collin McKinney and eventually settled in Grayson County near the Bethel Community. He attended Sherman public schools and graduated with the class of 1963. He also attended Freed Hardeman College in Henderson, Tenn.
He entered the U.S. Army in 1966 and served until Jan. 1976. He served in Vietnam receiving such awards as the National Defense Service Medal, The Vietnam Service Medal with 4 Bronze Stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Expert Marksman with M-16 rifle, Marksman with M-14 rifle and good conduct medals. He took basic training in Ft. Polk, La. and advanced training at Ft. Belvar, Va. He also served at Army Posts in Germany, Ft. Bliss, Texas, Ft. Hood, Texas, and Ft. Riley, Kan.
After the Army, Sam came back home to Sherman. He had a lawn service and lived with his Mother, taking care of her for many years. He loved to fish and hunt when possible, but his real passion in later years was driving his pick up truck and just view the scenery. As a boy he was a charter member of the Woods St. Church of Christ and attended there all of his life. He was also a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans.
Sam was preceded in death by his father Ezra Bow Beckett on April 23, 1964. He is survived by his mother Evelyn Inez Sanders Beckett of Sherman; two sisters, Judy Beckett of Sherman and Mary Pope and husband Robert of Denison. He also survived by two brothers Billy Beckett of Sherman and Daniel Beckett and wife Evelyn Jean of Pottsboro. He is also survived by two nephews and one niece. Daniel Bow Beckett Jr. and wife Gwena of Van Alstyne, Texas, Brandon Alan Beckett and wife Jamie of Whitesboro and Emily Elaine Beckett Key and husband Dennis of Whitesboro. In addition to these, he has four great nephews and three great nieces as well as many cousins.
His funeral services will be at the Woods St. Church of Christ in Sherman at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 25 with burial to follow at Cedarlawn Memorial Cemetery. Bill Mayes, minister of the Woods St. Church of Christ, will be conducting the service.
Pallbearers will be Bow Beckett, Brandon Beckett, Robert Pope, Ronald O'Gorman, Keith O'Gorman and Dennis Key.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Waldo Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans at 3725 Alexandria Pike Cold Spring, Ky. 41076 or the Woods Street Church of Christ at 2100 N. Woods, Sherman, Texas 75092.
The family would like to thank everyone for their kindness and sympathy during the loss of their beloved Brother, Soldier, Uncle, Cousin and Friend.
Published in The Herald Democrat from January 24 to January 25, 2012
Cedarlawn Memorial Park
Created by: C. L. Hines
Record added: Jan 24, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 83956198
Harold W Havard
Added: Aug. 25, 2014
Sammy, THANK YOU for your service to our great country. I know how proud it made you feel to always wear your various Veteran Hats and serve your country. I miss you, at family activities.|
Added: May. 19, 2014