OBITUARY

Gene Beckwith

July 19, 1934October 31, 2020
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Gene Beckwith, age 86, went to be with the Lord on October 31, 2020 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Gene was born July 19, 1934 to the late Floyd and Julie Beckwith.

A lifelong resident of Hot Springs and graduate of Fountain Lake High School, Gene was a generous man who never met a stranger. He was often referred to as a gentle giant. Gene worked for the OTASCO Company prior to its closing and in car sales in both Hot Springs and Malvern. After retirement, Gene spent 22 years as a volunteer in the Outpatient Department at St. Joseph Hospital, where he was named their first Volunteer of The Year in 1999.

Gene was an avid outdoorsman; he especially enjoyed deer hunting and fishing. Later in his life, he spent many months on road trips across the United States and Canada. He was a loyal Arkansas Razorback fan and could often be found watching John Wayne Westerns.

Gene was a faithful member of First Baptist Church Hot Springs and the Gerren/White Sunday School Class. His faith in God and love for his family carried him through life.

Gene is survived by his wife of 53 years, Norma Gray Beckwith; their son, Kevin (Leah) Beckwith; grandchildren Cade and Karigan, who were the joy of his life, all of Bismarck; his son, Harrell Beckwith of Hot Springs; grandchildren Jason and Julie and their families; his brothers Leonard (Mary Lou) Beckwith, Kenneth Beckwith of Hot Springs, and Larry (Becky) Beckwith of Calico Rock; several nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends who loved him dearly.

Pallbearers will be Greg Beckwith, Gary Beckwith, Darin Beckwith, Cliff Beckwith, Mike Schultz, and Josh Roe.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Quapaw Care & Rehabilitation Center, with special thanks to Danny Orren and Callie Guerrero.

A viewing will begin at 1pm, Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at First Baptist Church Hot Springs with funeral service following at 2pm with Pastor John McCallum officiating. Interment to follow at Crestview Cemetery. For your safety and the safety of others, please wear a mask as required by the church and appreciated by the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Hot Springs 2350 Central Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901.

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Bonnie Cates

November 5, 2020

Love the family so much and so sorry for your loss. Gene was a very social and kind man. I have great memories of him. We would go to Otasco to get Christmas presents for the kids for years. He was always so kind. I was getting married when Norma and Gene were having Kevin. My dad told me what a great basketball player he was. He was impressed and loved Gene. We all have our great memories and will miss him dearly. God be with all the family and give us comfort. Love always.

Jeanie trunkenbolz

November 5, 2020

i worked with "Big Gene" at the Ford dealership. He was such a nice man and we in the office thought a lot of him. He could also make the best soup in town when we would have a potluck luck lunch. I am so sorry for your loss. With deepest heartfelt sympathy.

Barbara Digby

November 4, 2020

Norma, Kevin, and Family.
My deepest sympathy for you. May God comfort you with peace and many wonderful thoughts of Gene and family.

Barbara Digby

Bobbie Green

November 4, 2020

Norma, I'm so sorry for the loss of your husband, Gene. Praying for comfort for you and your family in the days to come.

Charles Butler

November 4, 2020

I remember Gene from OTASCO in the 60’s. He participated in a local basketball league and solicited me to arrange a practice game at the Langston gym. A pickup team was organized and we played several times at the Langston gym and at the gym in the Army-Navy Hospital complex. They won the league competition and we enjoyed the practice competition, victoriously at times. Gene told me that his wife said to pass the word that South Western Bell was hiring and to share that with anyone who might be interested. I passed the message to my wife , Jeanie and the rest is history as she retired from SWB/ATT some 30+ years later. We are forever indebted to and blessed by Gene and Norma.
We are praying for God’s peace and comfort to continually cover this family.

Dianne Parker

November 4, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. I knew Gene when he came to work for Elza Parker at Rowell Parker Motors. I was Elza’s daughter in law. Gene was one of the nicest ( and funniest ) men I have ever known. He had a joy for life that was contagious and was always enthusiastic and happy, with a positive attitude, no matter what lay before him. I would see him occasionally in later years at the hospital. It was always a comfort and a relief during those stressful times, to see his smiling, friendly face there to greet me. My thoughts and prayers are with the family of this good man.

Calli Guerrero

November 3, 2020

The tribute video you all posted is beautiful. Gene was a wonderful man, and he always had the biggest heart. He ended up getting used to me being his person on the weekends, he always asked and spoke of his family. He loved all of you very deeply til the end. He was a very proud grandpa and father. He had the sweetest way of asking about Norma every time we saw each other, and it ended up becoming habit for me to just call Norma to talk to her so I could tell Gene that I did speak with her, and that she said she was doing ok. He was comforted with the fact his family was doing good. We love you guys, and it was a pleasure being by his side for as long as I was able to. God bless you all, and I’m so sorry for your loss.

Carla Foster

November 3, 2020

Taking care of Gene was a great pleasure, he always lit up the room and would appreciate everything we did for him. The Quapaw family absolutely loves Gene and we miss him dearly, Norma we also love you and will miss seeing you. Prayers to y’all. Much love 💕

Heidi Allen

November 3, 2020

He was always such a sweet man. There was never a second where he was rude or uncaring, he was always patient and understanding. My regards to his sweet wife whom I know loves him very much. I’m so happy and honored I ever got to meet or take care of him. I hope he is resting in peace, basking in the paradise he deserves.

Garry Newman

November 3, 2020

Our deepest condolences to the Beckwith family during their time of remembrance, of a kind and caring person. Gene is one to be remembered!

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