Henry W. Beckham, Jr., was born on August 7, 1923, and raised in Waxahachie, TX, and passed away on December 25, 2018, at the age of 95 in Rockwall, TX. His parents were Henry Wilson Beckham, Sr., and Lucy Mae (Binkley) Beckham. Mr. Beckham proudly served his country as a WWII Veteran, in the US Army Air Force during WWII and worked as Vice President in the Construction Industry, until his retirement. Soon after retirement, in 1981, prior to moving to Hilltop Lakes Resort City, Henry, his wife and daughter, Adonna, opened a ladies retail clothing store in Las Colinas, TX, named appropriately, Adonna's, as Adonna was already working in the fashion industry as a sales consultant for another specialty store and had a large customer base. He lived at Hilltop Lakes Resort City, TX, until 2004, when he moved to Rockwall. Mr. Beckham loved world history and would talk at length with others. His family and friends will always remember his favorite quote, “Save, save, save!” At a young age, Henry knew he didn't want to pick cotton for a living the rest of his life and also knew that education was an integral part in accomplishing a successful career. After graduating from Waxahachie High School in 1941, he went back to his high school to do post graduate work until he knew what he really wanted to do. While WWII was escalating and young men were being drafted into the military, Henry went to serve his country in the United States Army Air Force from January '43, through February '46. After returning from serving his country, Henry made a decision to enroll in Texas A&M University in June 1946, and after completing a five-year course in only three years and three months, he graduated in August 1949, with a B.S. Degree in Architectural Construction. Henry also made another major decision in his life, to marry his beloved wife, Dorothy Mae, in July 1946, who has since passed, but were married 61 ½ years. They soon had their first child, while he was attending college, July 1947 (Note: Henry still has in his scrapbook, the original hospital receipt @ St. Joseph's Hospital in Bryan, TX... for three days, mother and baby... $39.10... Just one of many collectibles in his “Henry Beckham Museum” in his home.).
After graduating from college in 1949, Henry soon landed a job with J.J. Fritch General Contractors, Inc. During his tenure with the company, he was quickly promoted to Vice President and Chief Estimator and stayed on with the company until 1961, until accepting a position with Prewitt & McFaul Masonry Contractors, Inc., as their Vice President and General Manager from 1961 through 1983. His final position from 1983, before retiring in 1988, was with Star Masonry, Inc., as President and General Manager.
Henry is survived by his sons: Jay Beckham of Rockwall and Henry Beckham, III, of Flower Mound, TX; daughter: Adonna Walters of Fate, TX; grandchildren: Henry Beckham, IV, Victoria Beckham, Wendy Bremer and Amber Stauffer; great grandchildren: Riley, Dalton, Garrett and Elizabeth; and great-great grandchildren: Ansley, Easton and Alleah; along with a host of loving relatives and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife: Dorothy Mae Beckham; and granddaughter: Caroline Leslie.
One of Henry's cherished accomplishments is he currently held the record for the person with the longest standing, continuous valid driver’s license, in the state of Texas. See - go to (https://www.youtube.com Henry Beckham Texas driver’s license) - since 1937, till his death. The story goes that in those days, they were giving away driver’s licenses to all the adults. His father went into the Waxahachie Courthouse one day for business and that particular day, the DPS was set up in the courthouse, giving away driver’s licenses. Upon his father receiving his driver’s license, he remarked, “What about my son... he drives my pickup truck?” The man said, “Okay, well let’s give him one, too.” At that time, Henry was only 14 years old. To this day, Henry still has his original driver’s license from 1937.
The family will receive friends Wednesday evening, January 2, 2019, at The Gathering at Rest Haven Funeral Home – Rockwall Location from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Funeral services will be held 10:00am Thursday, January 3, 2019, at Reflections (Chapel) at Rest Haven Funeral Home – Rockwall Location. Interment will follow at 1:15pm at DFW National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, 75221. Memorials in Henry’s name may be made to Children International at PO Box 219055, Kansas City, MO 64121, or online at www.children.org/make-a-difference/donate.
Past President, Assoc. Masonry Contractors of Texas, 1979
Past President, Masonry Contractors Assoc. of DFW, 1975 & 1978
Past Board of Directors Member, Dallas County Construction Employers Assoc. 1965-1980
NOTABLE MASONRY DFW PROJECTS
Kennedy Assassination Site Historical Monument – Dealey Plaza, Dallas, TX
Six Flags Over Texas – Arlington, TX
Seven Seas Marine Sea World – Arlington, TX
Boy Scouts of America Nat'l. Headquarters – (Las Colinas) Irving, TX
Owens Corning Fiberglass Plant, Waxahachie, TX
Bulk Mail Facility, Dallas, TX
Bryan Adams High School, Dallas, TX
Additions to Parkland & Presbyterian Hospitals, Dallas, TX
Many other commercial buildings... schools, post offices, SWBT offices, VA Hospital, Bonham, TX, shopping centers, high rise office buildings, churches, office & warehouse facilities