OBITUARY

Mr. Leonard Beckler

January 14, 1928November 2, 2010

Leonard Beckler

Final Curtain Call….. November 2, 2010 for Jazz clarinetist, husband, and father – “Lenny Beckler” Born January 14, 1928 in New Orleans, La. Received formal education from Loyola University and the Masters Vandercook College of Music. First Chair at Vandercook Symphonic and First Chair with the 253rd Army Band during his service tour- l945/1947. Distingushed career in music education, with a Life Time Teaching Certificate in Alabama, Mississippi, and Lousiana. While Men’s/Women’s Clothing sales was his Georgiana, Alabama business, playing Jazz was his passion. He enjoyed playing with Bob Cain and the Cainbreakers of Birmingham, Alabama the most of his musical career. Together they performed, sharing the stage with “Boots” Randolph, Al Hirt, Dukes of Dixieland, and Bob Hope to name a few. In addition to Jazz, Dixieland was his interpretation of inspirational music that he shared with many church congregations and charitable fund raising events. Lenny Beckler’s pure, natural, Dixieland/Jazz talent, born from the city known for the Greatest Jazz Musicians will be so missed. Survivors include: Wife: Juanita B. Beckler, Georgiana, Al; 2 Sons: Gary Beckler and Ken Beckler, both of Tuscaloosa, Al; Daughter: Cynthia Beckler, Los Angeles, Calif; Brother: Charles Beckler, III, Panama City, Fla; Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010 from the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Wilson and Rev. Bolton officiating. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery. Johnson Funeral Home of Georgiana, Al. directing arrangements. Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 5, 2010 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Online condolences can be made at www.johnsongeorgiana.com.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, November 5, 2010
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 6, 2010
  • Graveside Service Saturday, November 6, 2010
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Kathy Smelley

November 28, 2010

The loss of Mr. Beckler is a loss to the world and everyone that ever had any contact with him! He was such a wonderful and great man! Touched so many lives, mine included, he will be so missed! Boy didn't he make that clarinet sing-------he was so great! To his wife and children; my prayers and love are with you!

Kevin King

November 11, 2010

So sorry to find out that Lenny has passed but thats the burden of the living for as the older we get the more friends and family we lose. He was a good man.

November 5, 2010

Lenny was loved in this county and community. We will miss the Music Man. He's playing in the Big Band now with all the great ones. Love and sympathy to each of you.
Mark and Brenda Gruenewald--Georgiana, AL

Al & Carolyn Middleton

November 5, 2010

So sorry to read of the death of Mr. Lenny. He was such a good person. Always had that smile on his face. He loved people. Know , Mrs. Juanita you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Richard & Zebbie Nix

November 4, 2010

So very sad to hear of Lenny's passing. We think of him every time thoughts of our wedding arise. He was THE most memorable part of our wedding ceremony. After playing the Lord's Prayer, our ring bearer walked over to the girl who was supposed to sing next, pointed to Lenny at the alter, and said "I LIKE HIS WHISTLE!!" Such a fond memory for us. He will live in our hearts forever.

November 4, 2010

Lenny Beckler was my Neighbor in Georgiana for many years & what a role model he was--I thought the world of Lenny & we will all miss this wonderful man--our prayers & thoughts are with Jaunita,Cindy,Gary & Ken at this most difficult time--Lenny made a DIFFERENCE---Joe & Rheta Justice

November 4, 2010

My thoughts and Prayers go out to you at this very difficult time in your life. I will never forget Mr. Beckler and all the fun we had in his band. Bonnie(McNeil) Walters

MaryAnn Bozeman

November 4, 2010

My condolence to you and your family. I always think of Lenny with a clarinet in his hand and a look on his face that showed his joy for music.

Gail Piggott

November 4, 2010

I loved Lenny (Mr. Beckler) and am so sorry to hear of your loss. He opened a world of music to so many of us, for which we are ever grateful and mindful of his talent and influence.

Johnson Funeral Home

November 3, 2010

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.