Updated (November 15, 2008) Comments by Evan Strohl, Cemetery Chairperson, West Florida Genealogical Society (WFGS). Please contact Evan or the Webmaster if you have comments or additional information about this cemetery. Thank you.
Ms. Lillian Scott, with the help of a couple of her friends, led me to this cemetery site in the woods of Cantonment. All that is left of this family cemetery are a couple of old wooden fence posts with some attached wire, a couple of grave holes, and a makeshift headstone, made of ironstone, about 3-ft long, lying at the head of the holes. I have yet to know how old this site is, or who the two interred family members are for sure, but perhaps they are Larry Beck and Geno Beck. We were soon met by Jerry Campbell, phone (850) 968-9313, another lady, and Billie Brooks, the property manager; and then finally, Ted Brown, owner of the property, showed up.
The men talked about conversations they previously had with various people who either lived near or grew up near this site, who had remembered various stories and rumors about it, and who really was buried here. Their consensus was that the two grave holes once had names of Larry BECK and Geno BECK on them. Further research will be done in an attempt to find the family names.
Directions: drive North on US29 from US Alt 90 (Nine Mile Rd) about 3.2 miles, to the traffic light at C-184, in Cantonment. Turn right on Becks Lake Road and drive about 3.0 miles to a dirt road on the left. Notice a sign on the Gulf Power pole, Becks Lake Fish Camp, and take a left Drive a few yards, then pull over to the side of the road. The cemetery is located about 50-75 yards east, down in the woods. Look for a very old, large, and wounded magnolia tree. THIS IS PRIVATE PROPERTY and there is a property manager nearby. Do not visit this difficult site without communicating with Ted Brown, owner of the land and fish camp, or his property manager, Billie Brooks.
GPS = N 30o 37.250
W 087o 16.567
Original Comments from the 1980s
The Beck Family Cemetery or Beck’s Lake Cemetery in Cantonment (White)
was surveyed by the West Florida Genealogical Society (WFGS) in the 1980s. It was listed in its publication Gravestone Registry, Escambia County, Fla., but not transcribed, since there were only 2 or 3 graves under a Magnolia tree, with no identification. The graves are of the Beck brothers, one of whom is Jeno Beck. Directions: US 29 north to Muscogee Road (CR184). Turn right
on Becks Lake Road and drive about 2 miles. The cemetery is on the left inside a fence. The location is past what is
known as an Indian Mound.