Reverend C. Frank Beckett

May 16, 1914May 18, 2011

Rev. Clifford Franklin Beckett was born May 16, 1914 in Belleville, WV. Frank went to be with his heavenly Father on May 18, 2011. He is preceded in death by his wife of 76 years, Mary Beckett. Rev. Beckett has been in the ministry for 70 years, pastoring Nazarene Churches in West Virginia, Arkansas, Texas, South Dakota as well as Fort Smith First Nazarene.

Rev. Beckett also was the Chaplain at Health South for nine years; he prayed the prayer of dedication for the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new bridge crossing the Arkansas River for the 540 bypass.

The Beckett's moved to the Greenhurst Nursing Center in Charleston in 2004. Kriss and Fred Schaffer immediately appointed Frank to be the chaplain for Greenhurst. He loved visiting and praying with the residents as well as staff.

Rev. Beckett is survived by his three children and their spouses: Gordon & Carole Beckett, Vernon & Jeannie Beckett, and Mary Jane & Richard Cox. Grandchildren and their spouses: Bruce & Joanne Beckett, Brian & Heather Beckett, Brent Beckett, Beth Beckett, Jill Cox, Barry & Kim Beckett, Buffy & Chris McDonald. Great Grandchildren: Allison Beckett, Chloe & Courtney McDonald, Sophie and Noah Beckett.

Frank enjoyed traveling, camping, hunting, and fishing. Their travels took them to many places in North America. Frank loved people and most of all introducing them to the Christ he dearly loved and is now with. He never let a family member leave him without his praying for them. He will be greatly missed.

The family especially would like to thank the owners, nurses, and staff at Greenhurst who have so lovingly cared for him, spending many hours by his beside in his final days of illness.

Services will be at Fentress Mortuary Chapel, 1805 North “A” Street Ft. Smith, AR on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 11:00 AM. Family visitation will be 10:00 AM until service time. Interment will be at Forest Park Cemetery in Fort Smith.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to the Rev. Frank Beckett Memorial Chapel fund, at Greenhurst Nursing Center P.O. Box 458 Charleston, AR 72933.


  • Funeral Services Saturday, May 21, 2011

Reverend C. Frank Beckett

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Ellen Fahr

May 30, 2011

Gordon & Carole - What a wonderful, long life - so well lived with dedication to God. No matter what age - it's never easy...I share your tears! With Sympathy, Ellen

Dick/Roberta Story

May 22, 2011

I remember when he visited our Sunday School Class at the Contoocook Meth. Church. I remember my conversation with him about his church. The family is in our thoughts and prayers. Laus Deo

Barbara Goode

May 22, 2011

Mary Jane, our sympathy and prayers to you and your family.

Jim & Sherry Beagley

May 21, 2011

Dear friends, We pray for your comfort and peace in the loss of your loved one. May your memories sustain you in the days ahead.

Al * Ginni Wright

May 21, 2011

Your Dad lived a long life. If he was anything like you Gordon he was a great man-thanks for sharing with us.
Al & Ginni Wright

May 21, 2011

Our deepest condolences on your loss.
Johnny and Shirley Beckett

Jim Gill

May 20, 2011

So sorry to hear of your loss, Gordon. But what a wonderful memorial and tribute to your father!

May 20, 2011

Thinking of all of you, praying you will find peace and comfort. Frank has been an inspiration to so many, that will continue with the Frank Beckett Memorial Chapel, a very fitting memorial.
MaeBeth & Jim

Barry & Kim Beckett

May 19, 2011

I have many great memories of granddad and grandma. I miss them both. Kim and I enjoyed our day with him a couple of years ago. Love, Barry and Kim