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Bill Beckham (11-6-14) service 11-10-14

Billy Gene “Bill” Beckham, of Clifton, was born May 18, 1925, on Indian Creek in the Three Churches Community in Wayne County, the son of the late Noah and Mattie Jane “Becky” Eaton Beckham. He died Thursday, Nov. 6, at Wayne Medical Center at the age of 89 years, 5 months, and 19 days.
On Dec. 19, 1944, Mr. Beckham joined the U.S. Navy receiving the World War II victory and the Asiatic-Pacific Medals. He was discharged July 2, 1946. He was a member of the American Legion. he was former vice mayor of Clifton 1972 to 1974 and mayor from 1974 to 1976 and also 1990 to 1998. He also also served as city commissioner. He had worked at the Sinclair Gas Station in Clifton and was retired as manager from Production Credit Association in the Savannah office in 1983. Presently he was a cattle farmer. As a long time member of First Presbyterian Church in Clifton, he served as elder and presently served on the Board at First Presbyterian Church Daycare.
On Sept. 24, 1950, he was married to his wife, Doris Jean Skinner who survives of Clifton. He is also survived by his son, Christopher Lynn Beckham and wife Rhonda; and daughter, Denise Guinn Beckham Lineberry and her husband Timmy all of Clifton; grandchildren, Taylor Ann Beckham, William Carson Beckham, Chris “Moe” Lineberry and wife Chrystal, Brandi Guinn Lineberry Prater and husband Nick; great-grandchildren, Noah Scott Prater, Lucas Glen Prater, Lynze Templeton and husband Adam, and Weston Cole Lineberrry; a great-great-grandchild, Jaxx Madden Templeton.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Beckham was preceded in death by a son, William Brent Beckham; a granddaughter, Lee Ann Lineberry; and three brothers, Eaton Johnson, Hoyt Johnson, and Robert Beckham.
Services were Monday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m., at First Presbyterian Church in Clifton with Dr. Michael Bradley and Tracy Love officiating. Interment with military honors followed in  Clifton Cemetery with Shackelford Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers were Stephen Gobbell, Jamie Simmons, Timmy Cooke, Tommy Cooke, Steve Beckham and Tommy Johnson. Honorary pallbearers were Clyde Carroll and Kenneth Templeton.

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