William Thomas Beck Jr. (Bill) passed away Monday, Aug. 4, at age 72. He had lived in Wilson County since 1970.
Bill was preceded in death by his mother, Bertha Viola (Payne) Beck, and his father, William Thomas Beck Sr. of Michigan. He is survived by his so Terry Beck of Fisk, Mo., three adopted children, Gene Beck, Marvin Beck and Frances Beck, five grand-children and numerous great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind long-time companion Ada (Lisa) Taylor, sister, Betty Harford, nephew, Jamie Harford, niece, Katie Harford Hogue and uncle, Jimmy Payne, of Nashville along with a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Bill Beck was born in Gideon, Mo. Oct. 9, 1941. He attended Gideon Elementary and High Schools, moving to St. Louis at age 16 where he lived and worked prior to settling in Tennessee in 1970.
A self-taught, talented builder, Bill designed one of the first portable buildings in West Memphis, Ar. His specialties were custom boat docks, many on Old Hickory Lake, and unique horse stables. Bill’s mother, Bertha, owned and operated the Mt. Juliet Tailoring shop at the corner of Mt. Juliet Rd. and Division St. from 1972 – 1987 years. She passed away in 2008.
A celebration to honor Bill’s life will be held at a later date. Please check Betty Harford’s Facebook page for further details.