Clyde Curtis Beckham


Clyde Curtis Beckham, 84, of China Spring, passed away Wednesday, September 10th at a local hospital.

Funeral services: 4PM Saturday, September 13th at Lake Shore Funeral Home

Burial: China Spring Cemetery

No visitation is planned.

Clyde Curtis was born August 2, 1930 in Manor, Texas to Herman and Hattie (Sloan) Beckham. He grew up in Manor and attended Cottonwood and Pflugerville schools prior to joining the U.S. Army. During his glory days, he was a member of the Pflugerville High School football team which set both a state and national record by winning 55 consecutive games from 1958 until 1962. On October 26, 1968, he was united in marriage to Joan Curton in Waco, Texas. He worked for many years at General Tire and Rubber Company in Waco before retiring in the late 1980’s after 30 years of service. He was a member of Waco Masonic Lodge 92, Scottish Rite, American Legion Post 121 and Karem Temple Shrine which included horse patrol. He also worked security at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame during his retirement years. He was a devoted father who loved attending his children and grandchildren’s many events.

Curtis was preceded in death by his loving wife, Joan; and parents, Herman and Hattie Beckham of Austin.

Survivors include his daughter, Stacy Schmitt and husband Chris of Round Rock; son, Cory Beckham and wife, Kandace of Ross; son, Gilby Beckham and wife, Donna of West; grandchildren, Hailey and Hannah Schmitt; Braylee and Cayden Beckham; sisters, Peggy Strahm of Kansas; Bertie Ruth Sherrod of California; and Billie Borders of Oklahoma.

Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online Guest Book at

Place of Service: Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel , 5201 Steinbeck Bend; Waco, TX 76708

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Condolence Messages

  1. Helen, Darren, & Alyssa

    So sorry to hear that your Dad passed away. Remember we are in your prayers and thinking of you at this time of your loss.

  2. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. The Stricklands

  3. I am so sorry to hear about Curtis’ passing. He was a really good friend to my husband, Jack Stanley, before he died. Curtis was always willing to visit and made sure to come see Jack in the hospital and at home when he wasn’t able to go to Griffs. I always looked forward to seeing him when I was at Griffs. I will miss him.


  4. Oh sweet Beckhams, I’m so sorry. So tough losing the folks you love dearly. Hugs and prayers for all of you.

  5. Terry and Misty Gerik

    Gilby and Cory,

    We are so sorry to hear about your dad. Praying for strength for your family as you go through this difficult time. We will keep you all in our prayers.

    Terry & Misty Gerik

  6. Linda and Lonnie Douthit

    Stacy, Cory, and Gilby, and families, we are so sorry to hear about your dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. With love, Linda and Lonnie

  7. Larry and Pam Garrett

    We are so very sorry to learn of the passing of your father. Remembering you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Belinda Benton (Cuellar)

    Stacy, Cory & Gil, Our hearts are sad in the passing of your dad. We all love him. I enjoyed seeing him in his red car sporting around. He was always sharing stories & laughing. He will be deeply missed. He will always be remembered & forever loved by his China Spring Family. Sending prayers, hugs & love to ya’ll & the family.

  9. Phillip & Tracy Tynes

    So sorry for your loss.
    Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Phillip & Tracy

  10. Laurie (Helona) McGaugh

    I was so saddened to see that your dad had passed away. I know that we have not seen you guys as much over the last few years, but your family has always been very special to me. I feel blessed to have know all of you. You will remain in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Gil & Donna, I am so sorry for your loss. May God be with you and many prayers to you and yours during this time.

  12. Stacy, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad passing. May the God of all comfort and peace be with you during these difficult days.

  13. Tommy and Lisa Foster

    Stacey and Family

    The hearts of Teravista are with you and wishing each of you comfort. I’m sure Mr. Beckam so appreciated the love and kindness you devoted to him especially in these last couple of months. He and your Mom are beaming with pride in heaven.

    Love, Tommy and Lisa Foster

  14. Terry & Jerry Holt

    We were so sorry to hear of your Dads passing, thoughts & prayers are with you all.

  15. Dearest Stacy and family: What a great Dad you have to remember! I send my deepest sympathy to all of you at this
    difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  16. BJ and Tina Johnson

    So sorry to hear of Curtis’ passing. He was a good friend, and will be missed.
    We will remember him and Joan, as we look out our front door, and see the 2 wonderful oak trees that he gave us. These were grown from acorns that he collected on the grounds of M.D. Anderson.

    God Bless.

  17. Stacy, Cory and Gil, I remember talking with your dad at different school events through the years. He was always very proud of you all and your accomplishments. Heaven has gained another angel. Many prayers to you in this time of sorrow.

  18. Stacy and family –

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

    Beth Williams

  19. Cindy & Tony Kubacak & Kate

    Gil, Cory & Stacy,

    We are sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Tony & Cindy & Kate

  20. Stacey Smith Wheeler Vanderkinter


    I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. Prayers for you and your family.

  21. Neil & Gaila Lessman

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family as you go through this difficult time. Mr Beckham was a great man and will be missed by many.

    Neil & Gaila Lessman

  22. Jack & Linda Henry

    Cory, Gilby, Stacy & Family,
    So sad to hear about Curtis passing and our thoughts and prayers are with you all. So many great memories of the Beckhams and baseball. A comical memory of Curtis we were playing a tournament little league game and everyone knows how soft spoken Curtis was. Well sitting behind home plate was Curtis & Joan along withj Junior & Nancy Hall. Junior was giving this home plate umpire fits on every pitch that didnt go our way. In the 2nd inning he umpire call time walks to the backstop and points at Curtis and tells him one more word out of you and I’ll kick you out if the ball park. And being perfectly honest Curtis said “I haven’t sad nothing”. Well Junior piped down and all was well the rest of the game. By the way we won.

  23. Your Mother and Father were wonderful people and will be highly missed. I have fond memories of both of them. May the Lord bring you blessings and comfort in this sorrowful time.

  24. Linda and Mike Tristan

    Our heartfelt condolences to you and your families. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all at this time of loss. May God bless you and be with you all

  25. Cheryl West Grounds

    Stacy, Gilby and Cory, I have many memories of your mom and dad and all of the good times the Beckhams, Wests and friends had over the years. That bunch was a true example of great friends and boy did they know how to party! I am so sorry for your loss. Clyde was truly a wonderful man. Although we won’t be able to be there Saturday, please know that our thoughts are with you all during this difficult time. Much love and hugs, Hank & Cheryl Grounds

  26. Dianne & Jerry Warren

    Stacy, we are so sorry to hear that your Dad passed away. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family.

  27. The Ken Rieger Family

    We’re so sorry for your loss. You’re in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless all of you.

  28. DL and Mary Veselka Wilson


    I’m so very sorry to see your precious dad had passed away. He was a sweet man that my husband and I dearly loved talking with. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family.

  29. Stacy, Cory, Gilby and families,

    The service for Curtis was so nice. I really enjoyed the music and hearing the stories of Curtis.
    Curtis and Joan were such good people, and it was a privilege to have known them.
    Curtis’ passing will change your lives forever, but I pray God and your precious memories will give you strength and comfort.

  30. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family on the loss of your dad. He was a great guy (and your mom too!) and a super neighbor. Several years ago, your dad gave me a tree that I planted in my front yard when I moved. He said it would take years before it was big enough to provide enough shade to sit under. I was thinking of him the other day…he would be happy to know it is finally providing the shade. I will always appreciate his generosity and will always keep him in my thoughts. He may not be on this earth, but he will always be in your heart,

  31. Jackie and Beverly Balch

    Our thought and prayers go out to your family. Your dad was a kind and wonderful man; he was always thinking of the other guy. He was a very special man to our family; we all thought the world of him, especially, Stephani, Shanna and Shelli. We loved talking to him at Griff’s and hearing the stories he told us about his kids and grandkids. He sure loved his family. We will all miss him. Keep all those stories of things he did for other people in your hearts. He was a great man! May God give you peace in comfort.

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