Hartman C. Beynon, SGM, Ret.
November 1, 1931 – November 14, 2019
Hartman Charles “Dub” Beynon, age 88, of Stuarts Draft, VA went to his heavenly Home on November 14, 2019.
Born November 1, 1931 in Mahanoy City, PA, he was the son of the late Priscilla (Tanner) Moucheron and Hartman Beynon and stepson of Louis Moucheron. On August 17, 1952, he was united in marriage with the late Catharine “Mickey” Durkin, with whom he shared a devoted and blessed union of 57 years.
In 1954 he became a member of The United States Army Band and in his long career there, he played in the ceremonial band, the big band orchestra, The U.S. Herald Trumpets, and at the White House and around the country and world. He also marched in the Presidential inaugural parades of Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, and Carter and in the funeral processional of John F. Kennedy. He played Taps at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery when US Presidents and world dignitaries laid wreaths of honor and he played Taps for many a fallen soldier. He also played Taps at the final interment of President Kennedy to his permanent grave. Hartman was designated as the Principal Bugler of The United States Army and retired Oct 31, 1979 as the Sergeant Major of The United States Army Band.
In his retirement from the U.S. Army Band, he moved to Dale City, VA where he continued to play his trumpet for community bands and events and began a second career as a realtor. He also enjoyed sharing his gift of music with his church and watching his grandchildren grow.
In 2006, he and his wife Mickey moved to Stuarts Draft, VA to be near family and they became members of Stuarts Draft Baptist Church. He served as deacon, choir member, bell ringer, trumpet player, and friend. His loving wife, Mickey, died in 2009.
In 2014, he moved into the Stuarts Draft Christian Home and found contentment and kindness there in his twilight years playing cards, going to Bible study, watching his beloved Redskins and Duke play ball, telling jokes, playing pool, and yes, playing that trumpet.
He had a joke to tell for every situation he was in and loved to make other people smile. If you asked him if he was having a good day, he would respond, “Everyday is a good day; it’s just that some days are better than others.” He lived by his high school motto, “Keep your face turned to the sun and the shadows will fall behind you.”
All accomplishments aside, he would most like to be remembered as a man who deeply loved his family, his friends, his trumpet, and his Jesus.
Family members include his daughter, Cynthia Lou Sakshaug and her husband Rick, of Stuarts Draft; two grandsons, Richard Sakshaug and his wife Beth of Stuarts Draft, and Jonathan Sakshaug and his wife Meghan of Gainesville, VA; and his great grandchildren, Connor, Nicole, Guinevere, and Stella Grace of Stuarts Draft and Cambria, Cora, and Alexandra Catharine of Gainesville, VA.
A funeral service celebrating his wonderful life will be conducted at Stuarts Draft Baptist Church, 2517 Stuarts Draft Highway, Stuarts Draft, VA on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Dr. William E. Kopp, Jr., officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in Calvary United Methodist Church Cemetery, Stuarts Draft, VA.
There will be a viewing and the family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, November 18, 2019 at the Stuarts Draft Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes, 1870 Stuarts Draft Highway, Stuarts Draft, VA.
To honor his memory, active pallbearers will be Richard and Jonathan Sakshaug, Harvey Almarode, George Burritt, Mike Clark, Steve Corbin, Danny Johnson, Fred Taylor.
Relatives and friends wishing to express condolences and share memories with the family or in need of directions are invited to visit www.reynoldshamrickfuneralhomes.com
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Stuarts Draft Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes (540) 337-4111.
- Visitation Monday, November 18, 2019
- Funeral Service Tuesday, November 19, 2019
- Officiating, Interment
Hartman C. Beynon, SGM, Ret.
November 18, 2019
Mickey and Dub lived next to me when I was a child. My best memories were of them taking me to church with them on Sunday mornings. Little did I know that their intervention in my life would lead me to the most powerful decision of my life. I continued to search for Jesus even after we moved away and found salvation through Christ in my own life. I have always remembered the love that Mickey and Dub showed this little girl when I needed surrogate grandparents more than I ever knew. I wish so much that I had been able to see Dub once more, but I know that he is with his beloved Mickey and serving his Jesus in word and song. What a brilliant talent and a lifelong love for Christ. May you rest well in the arms of Jesus. my heartfelt condolences to Cindy, Rick, and your beautiful extended family.
November 17, 2019
Cindy, Rick, All of Dub's Family,
Dub made a positive difference in so many lives, he is truly a great man who lived a life of high character and commitment, to his wife, his family, his profession, his country and humanity.
While I had the good fortune to know Dub for a very short period of time, his influence on me is compelling and will last the rest of my life. Dub is a most revered member of The United States Army Band and his legacy with the entire "Pershing's Own" family is rich and profound. Dub's immaculate legacy is on full display for all the world to take notice of every single time a "Pershing's Own" Bugler performs "Taps" at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
I am so sorry for your family's loss, and our loss.
With the highest respect and admiration,
November 16, 2019
A very special man with a very special family. The family enriches our lives.
We know Dubs legacy of faith filled service and music is carried on through Cindy , Rick and their children.
Now both Mickey and Dub are watching over their family from above. With love in Christ,
Dennis and Karen Kooren
November 16, 2019
Your father and mother hold a place in my heart. They took me under their wing when we were in grade school at Patrick Henry Ele., in Alexandria, Va. I can remember fun Friday nights at the movies with Your dad while your mom went shopping. Coming back to your house and spending the night in the most beautiful bed I had ever seen. You dad planted a good seed in me with his kindness and love. Praise God for taking him home and know you will see him again. I know how hard it is to loose someone so close. Prayers for you and your Family.
Debby Norman (McGhee)