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Rev Andrew Jefferson Beck
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Birth: Aug. 6, 1850
Death: Mar. 1, 1927


"Interment Will Be In Cemetery Here Wednesday"

"Dr. Andrew J. Ceck [sic], 77, Pastor Emeritus of the First Baptist Church of Sarasota, and one of Sarasota's most distinguished and beloved citizens passed away this morning at his home in Sarasota after an illness of several months. The funeral will be held at Sarasota tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock P.M. at First Baptist Church, interment at Palma Sola Cemetery [sic], Bradenton.

Dr. Beck has been a citizen of Sarasota since 1919 when he came as Pastor of the First Baptist Church, which by his spiritual precept and example has been built up into one of the largest congregations of the city, with a beautiful new church edifice, modernly equipped, built under his personal care and completed in January 1925. Upon its completion and dedication Dr. Beck resigned as pastor on account of advancing years and ill health, and was elected Pastor Emeritus which position he held at the time of his death. A beautiful memorial window in the new church edifice appropriately carries a tribute to Dr. Beck's exemplary life's work in his Master's ministry.

Mourned Here

The news of his death will be keenly felt throughout Florida and Georgia where his educational and ministerial activities have for more than a half a century bound him in the affections of thousands of his fellow-citizens of every denomination, as well as his own fellow churchmen. The news of his death will be specially mourned in Bradenton and the Manatee district, where Dr. Beck was engaged in active pastoral work for two decades.

Georgia being his native state, his family connections include many prominent families there, among whom were, the Battles, Rabuns, etc. Governor Wm. Rabun (1817?19) [sic] for whom a Georgia County is named, was his great grandfather.

Dr. Beck was educated in Georgia, and also devoted several years to teaching in the schools of higher learning. He received an A. B. from Mercer University in 1870, and three years later an A. M. (in course( [sic]. Several years after Mercer also conferred upon him the degree of D. D. As an educator, Dr. Beck was president of Houston Female College, 1871-1813 [sic], president of DeKalb Seminary, special instructor in Eatonton High School, special instructor in higher mathematics and languages in the Bradenton, (Florida) High School 1906-1908.

In denominational service Dr. Beck was in 1875-1877 editor of the Christian Index, and was the author of a graded series of three books for Bible study in Sunday Schools, published by J. H. Harrison & Company 1878. These books were in constant use until the adoption of the International Series of Uniform Lessons for Sunday Schools. He served as trustee of Mercer University 1874-1886, and was one of the five Fraternal Messengers from Georgia appointed by the Georgia Baptist Convention to attend the Semi-Centennial of the Home Mission Association in New York in 1882.

Located Here in 1904

In his pastoral work, he was Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Marietta, Georgia, in his early ministry, then at Milledgeville, Eatonton, Monticello, and Lithonia down to the time of his coming to Florida and locating at Bradenton in 1904. To Dr. Beck's ministerial work in the Tampa Bay District is largely due the credit for the organization and development of the Tampa Bay Baptist Association, now one of the largest and most important in the state, and of which Dr. Beck was Moderator from its organization.

Dr. Beck's home life was most happily [sic] and wholesome. In 1871 he married Miss Octavia Warren, of which union three children were born, Willie Rabun and Cora both of whom survive him, and Robert a son who died while a student at Georgia Tech. After the decease of his first wife, he married Miss Edith Alling (1879) who survives him. Of this union there were born six [sic] children, Helen, Andrew, Alice (now Mrs. Norman Dale of Columbia, Tenn.) and Donald, all of whom survive him, and Henrietta a daughter now deceased. His family now all reside in Sarasota."

Bradenton Herald, Tuesday, March 1, 1927 
Family links: 
  Edith Mary Alling Beck (1860 - 1935)
Fogartyville Cemetery
Manatee County
Florida, USA
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Rev Andrew Jefferson Beck
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