Thursday, January 18, 2007

Thomas Newton Beckett, Sr., 84, of Monett, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007, at Locoba Nursing Home, Monett.

He was born on July 7, 1922, in Hollis, Okla., the son of the late Thomas Logan and Rosezella Qualls Beckett.

He was a retired USDA meat inspector. He was a member of the New Freedom Worship Center in Purdy. He was a World War II Army veteran. He married Bonnie Fortner on July 18, 1942, in Springdale, Ark., and she survives.

Additional survivors include: four sons, Tom, Jr. and his wife Chiqueta, of Monett, Charles and his wife, Lovenia, of Parsons, Kan., David and his wife, Donna, of Monett, and Jimmy and his wife, Alice, of Springfield; three daughters, Wanda Ogle and her husband, Wayne, of Monett, Carolyn Waltrip and her husband, Richard, of Aurora, and Sharon Gilliam, of greenwood, S.C.; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and six great great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, two great grandsons, three brothers, and two sisters.

Funeral services were held Saturday at New Freedom Worship Center in Purdy with Rev. Joe Wogoman and Rev. Ronnie Howerton officiating. Burial was at Monett IOOF Cemetery, Monett, under direction of Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home.