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John Newman Beckham

  • Birth 1 Apr 1903 Jefferson County, Illinois, USA
  • Death Nov 1984 Waltonville, Jefferson County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Nason, Jefferson County, Illinois, USA
  • Memorial ID 16165668

Eldest child of John Willis and Druzilla A McLaughlin Beckham, He was married in 1922 to Nellie Pearl Grigsby. Their children are: (1) Burrell F Beckham born 29 Oct 1922 in Mt Vernon, Jefferson Co, IL and died 11 Jan 2007 in Mexico who married Geneva Richards; (2) Clyde Newman Beckham born 14 Mar 1924 who married Dorothy Bean; (3)Margaret M Beckham born 13 Dec 1925 in Canton, IL and died 25 Feb 2008 in Mt Vernon, Jefferson Co, IL who married Alden R Fairchild; (4) Kenneth Lee Beckham born 3 Aug 1928 in Lewiston, IL and died 9 Apr 2007 in Alton, IL who married Hazel Pitchford, Drina A Hicks, and Ann Lamparter; (5) John Keith Beckham born 7 Oct 1930 in McClellan Twsp, Jefferson Co, IL who married Mildren Irene Fairchild and Virginia Williams; (6) Shirley Nell Beckham born 13 Nov 1932 in Elk Prarie Twsp, Jefferson Co, IL and died 21 Oct 2006 in Waukegan, IL who married James Frederick Jackson and ? Hartley; (7)Charles Dean Beckham born 4 Sep 1934 in Elk Prarie Twsp, Jefferson Co, IL who married Melba Belle Fairchild; (8) Arthur Ray Beckham born 23 Mar 1938 in Elk Prarie Twsp, Jefferson Co, IL who married Betty Sue Meadows and Helen Sanders; and (9) Ruth Ann Beckham born 26 Jun 1939 in Jefferson Co, IL who married David Buford.

The following obituary came from the Register-News, Mt Vernon, Jefferson Co, IL on 30 Nov 1984 - Friday - Pg 2A:

John Beckham Waltonville

John Newman Beckham, 81, Waltonville, died at 2:30 a.m. today in St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia.

He was born in Waltonville April 1, 1903, the son of John and Druzie (McLaughlin) Beckham. He was married to Nellie Pearl Grigsby, who preceded him in death July 4, 1951. He was later married on Oct. 10, 1956, to Nora Moore, who survives.

He was a retired farmer and a member of the Church of Christ in Sesser.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Fry and Frick Funeral Chapel in Waltonville with the Rev. Jim Martin officiating. Burial will follow in the Abner Cemetery in Nason.
Friends may call after 6 p.m. Saturday at the funeral chapel.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Beckham is also survived by six sons, Burl Beckham of Paris, M., Clyde Beckham of Lewisport, Ky., Kenneth Beckham of Moro, Keith Beckham of Bonnie, Charles Beckham of Waltonville and Arthur Beckham of Mt. Vernon; three daughters, Mrs. Margaret Fairchild of Waltonville, Mrs. Shirley Hartley of Waukegan and Mrs. Ruth Ann Buford of Memphis, Tenn.; one stepson, John Moore of Boyd; one stepdaughter, Mrs. Mildred Reynolds of Rockford, one stepsister, Mildred Cantrell of Benton; one half sister, Jenny Lorn Linden of Chicago; 20 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death, by his parents, his first wife, one stepson and two half brothers.

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  • Maintained by: James E Heidlebaugh
  • Originally Created by: Rosetta
  • Added: 13 Oct 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16165668
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Newman Beckham (1 Apr 1903–Nov 1984), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16165668, citing Abner Cemetery, Nason, Jefferson County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by James E Heidlebaugh (contributor 47011691) .