Donald Edward Beck

February 1, 1937 - October 29, 2011
Donald Edward Beck

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Donald Edward Beck, 74 of Mills River, died Saturday, October 29, 2011 at his home. A native of Winston-Salem, he was a son of the late William D. and Ruth Sites Beck. He had been an area resident for 50 years.

He served in the US Marine Corps and received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Duke University and his Ph.D. from North Carolina State University. He was a Forest Ecologist for the US Forest Service, retiring in 1995. He was an avid outdoorsman and a member of the United Methodist church.

Surviving is his wife of 48 years, Helen Nixon Beck; two sons Michael Beck of Jacksonville, Fla. and Jon Beck of Asheville; two granddaughters Sally and Lucy Beck of Jacksonville; one sister Melba B. Hoover of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; one brother William D. Beck, Jr. of Winston-Salem; and several nieces and nephews.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011
12:00 AM

Mills River United Methodist Church - Directions
Old Turnpike Road
Mills River, NC

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  • October 29, 2011
    Wes Red says:
    So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughs and prayers are with you Helen and your family.

  • October 30, 2011
    Bob Wise says:
    Helen; so sorry to hear about Don, our thoughts and prayers are with you, Mike & Jon. God Bless Bob & Carolyn

  • October 30, 2011
    Hazel Nixon Brown says:
    Helen, Michael, Jon, Sally, Lucy, Melba & Bill, Don has been a true friend and gentleman, excelllent conversationalist on any subject, and a great brother-in-law. I will miss him along with all of you. Hazel

  • October 31, 2011
    Greg Maxwell says:
    John and Mike, Sorry to hear about your dad passing. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. Greg

  • October 31, 2011
    Ray & Ramona says:
    Helen, Michael, and Jon, We remember fondly the great love Don had for his family, especially Sally and Lucy. Don's passion for hunting and the outdoors was a gift he shared often with us and we are so thankful for his friendship. His legacy is one of love, honor, and great integrity. Semper fi Don! Ray & Ramona