Ralph Beckham

82 year old Ralph Elmer Beckham of Smithville died Saturday morning at his residence. He was a painter, and a member at Calvary Baptist Church. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea and was a Bronze Star recepient. The funeral will be Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with burial in DeKalb Memorial Gardens, with military honors by the Veterans Honor Guard. B.J. Thomason will officiate. Visitation will be Monday from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elzie and Georgia Beckham, and wives, Dorothy Beckham and Dixie Ashford Beckham. He is survived by a son, Jacky Beckham of Smithville; two grandsons, Shawn and Christopher Beckham; 3 great-grandchildren. A sister, Myrtle Ingram of Smyrna. A neice, Libby Erickson, and nephews, Ralph Rich and Gary Rich. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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