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Vernon Finis Beckham
1911 - 1998


Beckham was born on October 22, 1911, near Ardmore, Okla., and grew up in Denison. After serving in the Army during World War II, he attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he completed a program in insurance management and underwriting. He was a partner and later owner of the Bruno-Beckham Insurance Agency in Denison.

Vernon and Marie's daughter, Marie L. Beckham Tiner, wrote on Facebook : This was my parents' home at 618 West Chestnut from 1961 to about 1973, when they moved to Bastrop County.  They sold the house around 1975.  The fireplaces and woodwork are magnificent.  The house was built by a judge [Nathaniel E. H. "Nat" Decker] in the 1890s.

Decker Residence, 618 W Chestnut
N. H. L. Decker House, ca. 1908.
Source: "Industrial Denison" (ca. 1909).

North side of house, 618 West Chestnut Street.
Photo by Tony Petersen. Used by permission.

"He always had time and would give to anyone he could," said his grandson, Dale Dingley Jr. of Bastrop. "I think that's what made him such a great legislator." Beckham was elected to the House five times from Grayson County, north of Dallas. He won appropriations for an airport and Grayson County Junior College. Beckham also passed legislation that converted the birthplace of President Dwight D. Eisenhower into a state park in Denison.

—Excerpted from an article in the Austin American Statesman, written February 24, 1998. For additional information, see biography of Marie Hancock Beckham.

Buried:           Texas State Cemetery, Austin TX

Headstone Text: "Together We Toiled, Together We Rest."

Beckham, Vernon Finis

Oct. 22, 1911 — Feb. 21, 1998

Beckham, Marie Hancock

Nov. 19, 1909 — Apr. 17, 1996

Back of headstone


Member of the House of Representatives

1963 – 1973


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