Vernon Finis Beckham

Portrait of Vernon Finis Beckham Headstone Photograph


Vernon Finis
Oct. 22, 1911
Feb. 21, 1998

Marie Hancock
Nov. 19, 1909
Apr. 17, 1996

Together We Toiled, Together We Rest.

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Member of the House of Representatives
1963 - 1973
Full Name: Vernon Finis Beckham
Location: Section:Republic Hill, Section 1 (C1)
Row:K  Number:10
Reason for Eligibility: Member, Texas House of Representatives 
Birth Date: October 22, 1911 
Died: February 21, 1998 
Burial Date: February 24, 1998 

BECKHAM, VERNON FINIS (1911~1998) Vernon Beckham was born on Oct. 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. "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.


#5965) Served in the 58th-62nd Sessions.
Entered by Administrator on 2/1/1998 12:11:16 PM

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