Michael Ray Becknell
Forest Lawn West Funeral & Cremation Service
4601 Freedom Drive
Charlotte, NC
Michael Ray Becknell
Michael 'Mike' Ray Becknell, 58, of Charlotte, passed away February 21, 2012.
Memorial service will be at 11:00AM Thursday (today) at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church. Reverend Talbot Davis and Pastor Ron Dozier will officiate. The family will receive friends at the family residence following the Memorial Service.
Mike was born July 22, 1953 in York, SC and was a charter member of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church where he served as a Greeter and on the Outreach to the Community. He was a graduate of Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, SC, was formerly employed by Retreading Equipment Company 20 years and was presently with Rountree Plantation Garden. He loved the outdoors and his friends and family. Surviving are wife, Mary Mattox Becknell, his wife of 32 years; daughters, Carly and Cara Becknell of Charlotte; son, Chad Becknell of Charlotte; parents, Ray and Jackie Becknell of Rock Hill, SC; sister, Robin Conley (Will) of Rock Hill, SC; brothers, Jeff Becknell (Linda) and Scott Becknell (Donna) all of Rock Hill, SC; nieces and nephews and great-nephew; father-in-law, Tom Mattox of Charlotte; sisters-in-laws, Phyllis (Lee) of Weddington, NC and Trish Baker (Marty) of Charlotte.
In lieu of flowers, make memorials to Good Shepherd UMC Mission Fund, 13110 Moss Rd., Charlotte, NC 28273.
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Published by Charlotte Observer on Feb. 23, 2012.
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Dear Mary,
I just learned about Mike's passing (3/7) and want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. You and Mike were always special friends to me in many ways. I am so very, very sorry for your loss.
Love to you and your family.
Cindy Turner
Cindy Turner
March 7, 2012
Dear Mary,
We just learned today from Robbie that Mike had died. After, our conversation a few weeks ago, I was aware of all the health problems he had survived, so I amso terribly sorry to learn of his death. Ironically, I was at Rountree the day of his funeral and they told me that they were short handed because of the death of one of their employees. I might have met Mike and didn't know it as I go to Rountree frequently. Mary, I think the world of you and I am sorry that you are suffering such a tragedy.
My love,
Barbara Speir
March 1, 2012
To the entire Becknell family, my prayers go out to all of you. I only learned of Mike's passing yesterday (Saturday 2/25) when my brother Allen told me he had seen the announcement in the Herald. Just like Anne Leverrette and Stan Hilton, I too, have known Mike since our days at Ebinport. I remember Mike as one of our bus drivers when we would meet up at Ebinport and ride into town to atten Sullivan for three years of Junior High School and then were lucky enough to make a fourth year while our New high school was being built.

Over the years and after graduating from Northwestern, a lot of our classmates went separate ways, but many of us 'out of towners' do make an effort to get back to some of those high school reunions. I always sought Mike out as one of the classmates I wanted to see and reconnect with. I am going to miss Mike when we have the next reunion, but I'll always remember him with many fond memories, classmate, friend, football player, husband, and father.

May God's blessings be with all of you.
John McLean
February 26, 2012
I am so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. I used to watch the children when we all lived off of McKee Rd. I pray for peace in your hearts. Missy McCain
Melissa Kinney
February 24, 2012
I am so very sorry Mary, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He was a fighter and I am so very sorry!:(

-God Bless...
Shannon Keziah
Shannon Keziah
February 24, 2012
Jeff and all the Becknell family, It was so sad to hear of Mike's passing. He was such a great guy. He will be sorely missed. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Barry Chapman
February 24, 2012
May the God of tender mercie's carry you through this difficult time(2 corinth.1:2-3)
February 24, 2012
Mary & family:

Bonnie and I just learned of Mike's death, and wish to offer our prayers and concern. May God's peace be real to you as you begin this new path.
De Hillyer
February 23, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Trish & Lash LeRoux
February 23, 2012
Many, many memories of growing up with the Bel-Air gang. Just seeing Mike's picture brings back those good times. I can still see the mischief in his eyes. Please remember God's plan is bigger than we will ever understand but we must have trust in what he does. My heart and love go out to the entire Becknell family in this time of loss.
Stan Hilton
February 23, 2012
To Mike's family and friends:

I've known him since I was nine years old and a student at Ebinport Elementary School. He loved to tease me and make me blush. Despite the teasing till I was almost in tears I knew he always had my back. He was one of the first to offer his condolences when my husband died in 2010. So to you I see hime riding off into that good night on a top of the line motorcycle in the sky and wondering what is taking us so long to get there.


Anne Leverette-Sanderlin

Anne Leverette
February 23, 2012
The Becknell Family, I have known Mike for many years, we ran around together during our high school days. I crossed paths with him in the last year and was so glad to see him. He was a great guy and I know that you will miss him terribly. Please know that I am thinking of your family at this time. Doug Sutton (formerly of Rock Hill SC)
Doug Sutton
February 23, 2012
Mary, Carly, Cara and Chad - We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Mike will be missed. We wish we could have been there for you today. All our love! Rick, Patsy, Ashley, and Kristen Zioncheck
Rick and Patsy Zioncheck
February 23, 2012
Becknell Family - We are so sorry for your loss and pray for your comfort and peace.
February 23, 2012
While I did not know Mike, I know Mary well. He must have been a special man to have been married to Mary for all those years. He is home now. God bless the Becknell family.
John Snyder
February 23, 2012
Robin and family,
You all are in my thoughts and prayers. I'm sorry for your loss.
Paula Johnston Hinson
February 23, 2012
Jeff and all the Becknell family, I am so, so sad to hear of Mike's passing. You all will be in my prayers.
Ryan Ramsey
February 23, 2012
It was a beautiful service for Mike today. Thinking of you, Mary, and your family. God Bless.
Stephanie Kiser
February 23, 2012
Ray and Jackie: My deepest sympathy to you and your family for the loss of your son. You will be in my prayers and thoughts. From Charleston,
Bill Curry
February 23, 2012
Mary Lynn and family,
We are so sorry to hear about Mike. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jan & Darrell Emory
February 23, 2012
Mary & Family,

Thinking and praying for you and your family each day. I hope you can find some peace and comfort during this difficult time. You are one of the strongest women I know and I believe that strength, along with faith, will carry you through this time. My deepest condolences.
Michelle Swanson
February 23, 2012
Prayers of condolence - may the Lord comfort you during your time of loss.
February 23, 2012
Mary and Family - Many prayers to you all for strength as you mourn in this difficult time. Celebrate the memories and now have complete confidence that Mike is "home" and he now walks with God.
Aimee LaBrake
February 23, 2012
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Jimmie Ligon
February 23, 2012
Mary and Family,
I am deeply sorry for your loss, and I hope that memories of happiness and love will help during this time of sorrow.
Meghan Davis
February 23, 2012
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998
Rex Graska
February 23, 2012
May God be with you during this challenging time and I hope that each of you find peace in your hearts with each new day. Mike was a wonderful man and a friend to all. He will be missed.
Billue Guignard
February 23, 2012
So sorry to hear of your loss. We too are members of Good Shephard and although we did not know him personally, he will be missed by all. God be with the family.
Sandra and Darryl Collins
February 23, 2012
Ray, Jackie
Very sorry to hear of the loss of you son.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Woodrow Miskelly
February 23, 2012
Ginger and I are so sorry for your loss and we will be praying for you and your family during this time of loss and mourning. God bless you all.
Jon & Ginger Hightower
February 23, 2012
Mary, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I pray that God will grace you with peace and comfort in the days ahead. You have my very sincere and heartfelt sympathy.
Lindsay Bachner
February 23, 2012
To the Becknell family - I am so sorry to hear about Mike. I have learned a lot about Mike through Mary, whom I work with at DHG. I know he will be missed and I would like to offer my condolences to Mary and the rest or Mike's family.
Collins Scheibla
February 23, 2012
Mary and Family,
May you hold tight to memories for comfort, lean on your friends for strength, and always remember how much you are cared about.
Shelley Lassiter
February 23, 2012
Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this very difficult time. God bless.
Cheryl Levesque
February 23, 2012
Mary, words can not express the sympathy I feel for you and your family right now. Praying that the Lord continues to strengthen you in the days to come.
Kecia Capers
February 23, 2012
My prayers are with you all. May God give you peace and may you feel His love surround you during this difficult time of loss.
Beverly Evans
February 23, 2012
Mary and family, we are saddened to learn of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May your sweet memories bless you and comfort you. Scott & Beth Jordan
February 23, 2012
Mary and family,
So sorry to hear of your loss. Mike has been through a lot and now has the comfort of God's arms wrapped around him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, and Mike's family.
Please let me know if you need anything.
Karen Furr Murgas
February 23, 2012
We were saddened to hear of Mike's passing. Please know that our prayers are with the family during this difficult time, and will continue to surround you all each day. Mike was always such a sweet guy and he will always be a part of the lives his personality blessed. May the peace of Gods comfort help you to know and feel him near.
RhondaJames&Jo Nalley
February 23, 2012
Mike, I didn't know you but I know your father and I know that he misses his boy. Ray, may God bless you and carry you through this time.
Ross Allen
February 23, 2012
Mary Lynn and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You are all in our prayers.
Beth Little Plummer
February 23, 2012
Heaven got a good one. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Jerry and Tracy Weddington
Jerry Weddington
February 23, 2012
My thoughts & prayers are with all of you ...
Cindy Sealy
February 23, 2012
Robin, Jeff and Becknell family so sorry to hear about the loss of Mike. My prayers and thoughts are with you all.
Tana Gaskin
February 23, 2012
God Bless you Mary, Chad, Carly, Cara, & the extended Becknell family. We love you and pray for your peace through this difficult time.
Todd, Jennifer, Hannah, Jay, & Chris Baker
February 23, 2012
Becknell family sorry to hear of the lost of Michael. He was a great man and friend. My prayers and thought are with you. My God bless you all.
Chris Davis
February 23, 2012
God saw him getting tired and a cure was not to be and he put his arms around Mike and said come to me. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy on the passing of a great person, husband, father and friend.
Joe Edwards
February 22, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through this heartbreaking time. May you find comfort in all the beauty Mike brought to this world, and all the beauty he now brings to the heavens.
With heartfelt sympathy,
Angelina Colton
February 22, 2012
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