Valdosta Daily Times

February 21, 2013

SPC James A. Beck


The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — SPC James A. Beck, of The 1st Battalion, 35th Armor of Ft. Bliss in El Paso, Texas, passed away at the age of 29, on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in a fatal car accident. James served two tours in Iraq. He was born in Okinawa, Japan on 11th of September 1983, and he grew up in Lakeland, Ga. He was a loving father, son, brother, grandson, nephew, and cousin. James was a true Hero that loved his country.

James is survived by his son Anthony Beck, age 6, of Cordele; his mother, Anita Bowen of Fletcher, N.C.; his father and stepmother Jeffrey and Joyce Beck of Valdosta; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Cheryl Beck of Laurel, Miss., Jessica and Jeremiah O’Steen of Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., and Halie and Jared Anderson of Ft. Riley, Kan.; a stepbrother, Dewayne Taylor, and three stepsisters, Lynn Dinkins, Heather Bailey and Amber Bailey. Also surviving are his grandparents, William and Betty Lewis of Hendersonville, N.C., Russell and Betty Beck of Naylor, Ga.; and his great-grandmother, Ruth Hoots of Hendersonville, N.C. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and other family members.

A memorial service for James was held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in the chapel of Carson McLane Funeral Home. Pastor Bobby Bishop officiated. The burial will be held today, Feb. 21, 2013, at 1 p.m. in Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Glennville, Ga., near Savannah.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please send donations to a military charity. One suggestion is Operation Home Front, Army Emergency Relief Fund, www.operationhomefront.net, or go to www.charitynavigator.org , and search “Military Army,” for the charity of your choice.

Without these charities, the military would not be able to assist with some of the needs of Military Members, Veterans and their families.

Condolences may be conveyed to the family on the obituary page of www.mclanecares.com — Carson McLane Funeral Home