OBITUARY

James Donald Beals

October 5, 1932October 18, 2018
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James Donald "Don" Beals, 86, passed away Thursday, October 18, 2018 in Wichita Falls, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM on Monday, October 22, 2018 at First United Methodist Church of Iowa Park with Pastor Jeff Pehl officiating. Graveside services will follow at the Highland Cemetery Pavilion under the direction of Dutton Funeral Home in Iowa Park. Visitation will be held from 6-8 PM on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at the funeral home. Don was born October 5, 1932 in Los Angeles, California to Virgil and Pearl (Hadley) Beals. He enlisted in the Air Force at the age of 17 and met Freda Marie Holder while they were both stationed at Roswell Air Force Base in New Mexico. They married on September 12, 1952 in Roswell and were married for 64 years. Don retired after 20 years of service to his country. He worked as an Automotive Service Manager and District Manager for Kmart for 10 years, and then retired from Civil Service at Sheppard Air Force Base after 13 years of service. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and volunteered at the Iowa Park Food Bank which earned him the Senior Citizen of the Year Award in Iowa Park. Don is preceded in death by his parents; wife; and brother, Gene Beals. Surviving relatives include his daughters, Donna Smith and Husband, Robert of Conroe, Texas; Galyia Waters and husband, Ronnie "Bear" of Iowa Park; sons, James Virgil Beals of Iowa Park and Daryl Beals and wife, Barbara of Iowa Park; six grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Blake Beals, Ryan Beals, Charles Haas, Michael Zachary, Christian Velazquez, and Mark Holder. Honorary pallbearers will be Marion Wilkins, Glenn Collier, and Greg Miller. Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Wichita Falls or the Iowa Park Food Bank.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, October 21, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, October 22, 2018
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James Donald Beals

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Marsha Tidwell

October 26, 2018

Jim Beals was a great mentor and friend. His example taught me so many life lessons( honesty, integrity, loyalty ). I always knew he would stand up for me, coach me, listen to me, and give me opportunities no else would. Not just for me, but for others within his circle. Although I have not been around for a number of years, I am sure that remained true to the end. Thank you kids for sharing your dad with me all those years. Marsha

Diane Shook

October 22, 2018

James and Daryl, so sorry for your loss, your family is in my prayers.

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Biography

James Donald "Don" Beals, 86, passed away Thursday, October 18, 2018 in Wichita Falls, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM on Monday, October 22, 2018 at First United Methodist Church of Iowa Park with Pastor Jeff Pehl officiating. Graveside services will follow at the Highland Cemetery Pavilion under the direction of Dutton Funeral Home in Iowa Park. Visitation will be held from 6-8 PM on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at the funeral home.
Don was born October 5, 1932 in Los Angeles, California to Virgil and Pearl (Hadley) Beals. He enlisted in the Air Force at the age of 17 and met Freda Marie Holder while they were both stationed at Roswell Air Force Base in New Mexico. They married on September 12, 1952 in Roswell and were married for 64 years. Don retired after 20 years of service to his country. He worked as an Automotive Service Manager and District Manager for Kmart for 10 years, and then retired from Civil Service at Sheppard Air Force Base after 13 years of service. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and volunteered at the Iowa Park Food Bank which earned him the Senior Citizen of the Year Award in Iowa Park.
Don is preceded in death by his parents; wife; and brother, Gene Beals.
Surviving relatives include his daughters, Donna Smith and Husband, Robert of Conroe, Texas; Galyia Waters and husband, Ronnie "Bear" of Iowa Park; sons, James Virgil Beals of Iowa Park and Daryl Beals and wife, Barbara of Iowa Park; six grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Blake Beals, Ryan Beals, Charles Haas, Michael Zachary, Christian Velazquez, and Mark Holder. Honorary pallbearers will be Marion Wilkins, Glenn Collier, and Greg Miller.
Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Wichita Falls or the Iowa Park Food Bank