Lewis Newton Beckham

August 4, 1930June 19, 2013

Lt. Colonel Lewis Newton Beckham, Retired, 82, of San Angelo passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2013 in Houston, Texas. Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 PM Friday, June 28th in Johnson’s Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be at 2:00 PM Saturday, June 29th in Immanuel Baptist Church with Rev. Tommy Richardson, Rev. James Mitchell and Rev. David Smith officiating. Burial with Full Military Honors will follow in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens. Lewis was born on August 4, 1930 in Savoy, Texas the son of Walter C. and Treva Gist Beckham. He received his schooling in the Willow Springs Community School and the Savoy Schools, graduating from Savoy High School in 1949. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from East Texas State Teachers College, Commerce, Texas, now the Texas A&M University-Commerce, in 1952 and a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Northern Colorado, Greely, Colorado in 1975. Mr. Beckham was commissioned through the ROTC Program at East Texas Teachers College on May 28, 1952 and began his military career on October 9th of that year. His stateside assignments were Lackland AFB, Texas, Truax Field, Wisconsin, Maxwell AFB, Alabama, Charleston AFB, and South Carolina. His overseas tours were Sachon AB, Korea, Clark AB, Philippine Islands, North Atlantic Treaty organization Forces (NATO) Izmir, Turkey and Plieku AB, Republic of Vietnam. He was assigned to Lowry AFB, Colorado, on April 1, 1968 as Chief Administrator of the Air Force Logistic Training School, where he retired on November 1, 1972 with the Rank of Lieutenant Colonel. After a two year period as a Public School Teacher in the Aurora, Colorado Public Schools, he returned to Lowry as a civilian employee in January 1975, for a nineteen year career in the Logistics and Intelligence Training School and as the base Deputy Chief of Supply. The Base Supply operations at Lowry AFB received the USAF Outstanding Supply Effectiveness Award in both 1988 and 1989. He was the Deputy Chief of Supply of Lowry AFB at the time of the base closure in 1995. Mr. Beckham’s military awards included the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Award Medal, National Defense Service Award Medal, Republic of Korea Service Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. He was recognized as being among the top 10% of the USA Supply Management officers in 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967 and 1968. As the Lowry AFB Deputy Chief of Supply, he was selected into the Air Force Logistics Civilian Executive Cadre, which represents the top two percent of the USAF Civilian Logistics managers. Upon completion of forty-two years of Military, Federal, and Community Service, he was awarded the Air Force Outstanding Civilian Career Service Award upon his retirement from Federal Service in April 1994. Some 300 military and civilian personnel were in attendance during retirement ceremony on April 18, 1994. Lewis married Gwendolyn O’Neill on September 4, 1955 in the Central Baptist Church, San Antonio, Texas, after which she accompanied her husband to stateside and overseas assignments in the Philippine Islands, and Izmir, Turkey. Mr. Beckham was a member of AARP, ROA, and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. He served as Deacon, teacher and choir member in the various Baptist Churches. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Kenneth Beckham. He is survived by his wife Gwen of the residence, one son Neill Beckham and his wife Renee of Wichita Falls, TX. ; two granddaughters Faith and Emily of Wichita Falls and one brother Gerald Beckham of Loveland, CO. Pallbearers will be James Baker, Lloyd Evans, Charles Ross, Ed Forehand, Russell Michel, and Ray Conner. Memorials may be made to Immanuel Baptist Building Fund, American Cancer Society, your local hospice or a charity of choice. Family and friends may sign an online guestbook at


  • Visitation Friday, June 28, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 29, 2013

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Hugh and Twila Smith

June 29, 2013

Lewis was a splendid example of unselfishness and service to others; he practiced what he preached. He and Gwen were so faithful in their ministry to my sister while she was at Sagecrest, as well as to others there. Weekly trips to the grocery store for others; chauffeur service to medical care for many; the list is endless of their thoughtfulness to others. He knew how to enjoy a good "Train" game and how to be a good neighbor. His loyalty to his church and to God are beyond question. He was a fixture at estate sales at BRC, giving many hours of service.We're blessed to have known Lewis; his memory will live long.

Tom & Chris Huber

June 28, 2013

Our heartfelt condolences to the family of Lt. Col. Beckham. A TRUE gentlemen in every sense of the word! He will be missed by all those who were fortunate enough to have had their lives touched by his. Respectfully...

Bob Beckham

June 27, 2013

We are thinking about all of you and wish we could be at the service for Lewis. Bob and Peggy Beckham

Susan Wills

June 27, 2013

“When you were born you were crying and everyone else was smiling. You lived your life, so at the end, you were the one who was smiling and everyone else was crying.”

? Ralph Waldo Emerson

June 27, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you. Delores Griffith

Henry & Erie Folkner

June 26, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.