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Family-Placed Death Notice
Mr. Ray Merrill Beck, age 75, of 745 North College Street, Cedartown, passed away on Tuesday, January 9, 2007 following an extended illness. Mr. Beck was born on March 17, 1931 in Bowdon, Georgia to the late Hoyt Merrell Beck and Pearl Shinn Beck. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Billy Charles Beck, Mr. Beck was retired from the C&A Freight Lines of Cedartown, where he served as Owner and Operator for a number of years. He was very active within the community and had served on many Boards and Committee's. A Scholar athlete at Cedartown High School from 1944 until his graduation in 1948. Mr. Beck was quickly inducted into Georgia Tech where he played as a Guard for the legendary Coach Bobby Dodd and had his best season in 1951. Shortly after, he would be named All American by the Football Writers Association and the American Football Coaches Association. The Birmingham Quarterback Club named Beck the Most Valuable Lineman in the Southeastern Conference and he helped Georgia Tech to 11-0-1 season that included a victory in the Orange Bowl over Baylor University. He had played in a number of Senior Bowl games and College All Star games. He was a member of the All Time Georgia Tech Team and the Georgia Tech Hall of Fame. Following his college career, Beck went on to play professionally for the New York Giants from 1952 until 1957. He was part of the 1956 Giants team that won the championship over the Chicago Bears, 56-7. In addition to his distinguised athletic career, Beck was a U.S. Army Veteran serving as a Lieutenant. He had served on the Board of Directors for the Polk General Hospital Board, the Hospital Advisory Board for Polk Medical Center, Past President of the Cedartown Chamber of Commerce, Chairman Emeritus of the First National Bank and a former Board member for the Georgia Motor Trucking Association for over 20 years. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Claire McKay Beck, sons and daughters-in-law, Tom and Wannetta Beck, Kyle and Beverly Beck and Mike and Julia Beck, grandchildren, Michael Beck, Jr., Rebecca Beck, Jennifer Beck, Leanne Burkart, Bonnie Beck, Merrill Baxley, Rachel Beck, Brent Novinger, and Lauren Bradley. A Memorial Service for Mr. Ray Merrill Beck will conducted on Saturday, January 13, 2007 at 5:00 PM from the Sanctuary of the First Baptist Church with Dr. David Taylor and Mr. George Morris officiating. The family respectfully requests that flowers please be omitted and memorial contributions made to either the Ray Beck-Doc Ayers Golf Foundation or to the Cedartown First Baptist Church. Memorial condolences may be made to the family by visiting our web site www.LiteseyFH.com. The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Ray Merrill Beck.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Jan. 11, 2007