The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

July 13, 2013

Terry Beckham

The Joplin Globe

JOPLIN, Mo. — "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou has sent."  John 17:3

This was the life verse for Terry Dale Beckham, Sr.

Terry began his earthly life on Dec. 15, 1946. He was born in Joplin, Mo., to the union of Grady F. Beckham and Amba M. Gilbert. Terry's eternal life began on July 5, 2013, when God took him home after a courageous battle with cancer.

Terry married the love of his life, Anna Lee Immekus, on Nov. 17, 1967. She survives at the home in Joplin.

Terry is also survived by two sons, Terry Dale Beckham II (wife, Tamara) and Shannon Patrick Beckham, along with seven grandchildren.  Other survivors include siblings, Duane Beckham (wife, Sue), Grady Beckham (wife, Doris), Sondra Bottorff and Carol Jackson Haines.  Many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Joyce Jones ( husband, Jim) of Raytown, Mo.

Terry was a machinist by profession, working for Leggett and Platt for the past 14 years. He was a racer at heart, having turned countless laps at area racetracks.  However, the most important thing in Terry's life was reading, learning,and teaching others about the love of Christ. Never forceful, but always ready with an answer for the hope that was within him when opportunity presented itself.

While we grieve the physical loss of his earthly body, we "...sorrow not, even as others which have no hope."  1 Thess. 4:13  Our hope lies in Christ Jesus.

Well done good and faithful servant.

Graveside services will be held at Hornet Cemetery, Hornet, Mo., at a later date.

We miss you  we love you, we will see you again.