William Franklin Beck
W. F. Beck, 80, one of the early settlers of this section, died at his home in the east part of town at 6:30 Monday evening after a week's illness.
William Franklin Beck was born Jan. 11, 1853, in Clay County, Illnois. He came to Texas when a young man and engaged in business in Midlothian. He has been married twice, his first wife died many years ago, leaving him five children. In 1916 he married Mrs. Ella McDonald, who survives him.
He was a member of the Methodist Church and was often seen in the place of worship. He was loyal to his friends, trustworthy in his dealings, and an honored citizen.
Five children survive him. They are: Mrs. A. W. Donalson, Shreveport, La.; Mrs. J. A. Garvin, Silverton; E. D. Beck, Fort Smith, Ark.; R. E. Beck, Waco; and W. E. Beck, Dallas. All were present for the funeral. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church Tuesday at 2:30, conducted by the Rev. B. G. Taylor, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. Interment was made in the Midlothian Cemetery.
Members of the Order of Odd Fellows, Lodge No. 80, acted as pallbearers, and had charge of the services at the grave.