Beck, Leo Lonnie


Feb. 1, 1918 - Jan. 31, 2003
After a lengthy illness, Reverend Leo Beck of Bossier City passed away at the Grace Home in Shreveport, LA. He was born in Ashdown, Arkansas. Hazel Middleton Beck, his wife of 43 years, and Geraldine Brady Beck, his wife of 5 years, preceded him in death. He is survived by two sons,
Clyde Dale Beck of Waldron, Arkansas and Leo Lonnie Beck, Jr. and wife, Cheryl, of North Little Rock, Arkansas; two daughters, Mary Caver and husband Bill, of Gainesville, Texas and Billie Logan of Bossier City. Reverend Beck enjoyed his grandchildren immensely. They are Stacy Somers and husband, Matt, Melissa Peters and husband, Brian, Shelly Adams and husband, Victor, Tom Caver and wife, Misti, and Clay Logan and wife Belinda. It was evident that the real joys of his life were his eleven great grandchildren: Victoria, Justin, Ailie, Ashlin, Kaitlin Nicole, Clayton, Kaitlynn Jean, Dalton, Emma, Alyssa and Gracie.
Brother Beck, as everyone knew him, served his country honorably in the Army during World War II. After his tenure in the Army, he worked as a carpenter before devoting the remainder of his life serving the Carpenter. Brother Beck’s call to the ministry began with a beautiful dream one morning when he looked out the window and saw Jesus walking across the lawn. When Brother Beck opened the door, Jesus told him that he had come to tell him that he wanted him to preach. Jesus repeated these words three times. There was a rock between his feet and Brother Beck bent down and threw the stone across the lawn to the driveway. The very next morning as they were enjoying a cup of coffee, Brother Beck shared this dream with his wife Hazel. For those of you who knew her well, you will hear her voice as she responded, “Beck, you know Jesus doesn’t need someone like you preaching the gospel!” Then all of a sudden he looked up and coming across the lawn was his pastor. When Brother Beck opened the door, the minister stood exactly where Jesus had stood and told him exactly what Jesus had previously stated in the dream. Then Hazel’s response was much different, “Beck, I think the Lord does want you to preach!” He prayerfully fulfilled this call for 41 years as he served United Methodist Churches in Texarkana, Arkansas and throughout the state of Louisiana. He never served large churches during his ministry, but to him they were grand. He felt that the church with fifteen members was just as important as the largest congregation in the Conference. His favorite area of ministry was visiting nursing homes. Brother Beck stated often that nursing homes were filled with saints who made our churches what they are today.

The words to one of Brother Beck’s favorite songs state so beautifully his love for the Church:
“I love the kingdom, Lord, the house of thine abode,
The church our blest Redeemer saved with his precious blood.
I love the church, O God! Her walls before thee stand
Dear as the apple of thine eye, and graven on thy hand.”

Billie Beck Logan

Source: Journal Louisiana Conference 2003 (Memoirs)

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