Thomas W. Beckett, 79, of Ashland, and formerly of Champaign, went home to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday morning, Feb. 27, 2009, at his residence surrounded by his family and friends.
He was born April 20, 1929, in Champaign, the son of Robert and Myrtle Wardlow Beckett. Tom met the love of his life, Kim Armstrong, in Bloomington, IL where they worked together at Bacon and Van Buskirk for three years. They married June 12, 1992.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Kim; five children, Tamara Hines (husband, Butch) of Justin, Texas, Gregory Beckett (wife, Deborah) of Phoenix, Timothy Beckett (wife, Maureen) of Arlington, Texas, Lyndia Beckett (fiance, Joseph Vosburgh) of Tully, N.Y., and William Beckett of Seatlle; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; five siblings, Robert Beckett of Stuart, Va., Larry Beckett (wife, Inez) of Mansfield, Fred Beckett of Las Vegas, Molly Evans of Mansfield and Mary Ellen Rexroad (Harrison) of Mahomet; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Thomas Beckett; and four brothers, George, Forest Eugene, James and John Beckett.
Tom served with the U.S. Army
during the Korean War
stationed in Boston assigned as a chauffeur for the Commanding General. He worked for Center Glass in CA for 15 years and later for Bacon and Van Buskirk Glass Company in Illinois for 40 years prior to his retirement in 1993. After retiring, Tom enjoyed woodworking and helping others remodel their homes. In 1998, Tom and Kim joined the Ashland United Methodist Church where Tom served as an usher and played his guitar with the choir for church services and sing-a-longs. He had a great love of reading the Bible and was in God's word daily. He had a profound love of music, his children and grandchildren, family, friends and extended church family.
The family extends their deepest gratitude to the many friends and family who shared their support and strength with Tom and Kim, especially Pastor Roosevelt Smith II and their church family at Ashland United Methodist Church.
Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorial services will be held 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Ashland United Methodist Church in Ashland. The family will meet friends at the church from 3 p.m. Wednesday until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are suggested to Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice, Ashland United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor's choice. The Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Ashland is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at www.buchanancody.com