Valdosta Daily Times

February 18, 2013

James A. Beck

The Valdosta Daily Times

-- — 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 Sept. 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 father Jeffrey Beck of Valdosta; his mother Anita Bowen of Fletcher, N.C.; 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. Also surviving are his grandparents, William and Betty Lewis of Hendersonville, N.C. and Russell and Betty Beck of Naylor;  and his great-grandmother, Ruth Hoots of Hendersonville, N.C. He is also survived by five nephews, one niece and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A memorial service for James will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 in the chapel of Carson McLane Funeral Home. Pastor Bobby Bishop will officiate. The family will receive friends at the funeral home prior to the service on Wednesday from Noon (12 p.m. - 2 p.m.) until service time. The burial will occur at 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,, or go to , 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— Carson McLane Funeral Home