HARLEY BLACKERBY BECKWITH, of Green Forest, Arkansas was born June 24, 1940 in Rison, Arkansas, son of Harold Horton and Estelle Marie (Scott) Beckwith. He departed this life Monday, June 19, 2017 in Berryville, Arkansas, at the age of 76 years.
Harley proudly served his country in the United States Army. He graduated from Watson Chapel High School in 1958. He attended Arkansas A & M, now known as U of A at Monticello, Arkansas, where he was member of the Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity. He was the USDA inspector for FH&P, (now Das Butcher Haus) in August 1971 and retired from the inspection program in March 2000. During his lifetime, he was a member of the Green Forest United Methodist Church, American Legion, Carroll County Cattlemanís Association, Ozark Riding Club and Jefferson County Mounted Patrol.
He loved his horses, especially the Beckwith horses from South Dakota. His favorite vacation was hauling the horses to the river or The Big Oak, camping out and riding every day. If traveling, he loved to just drive and see the country. His grandchildren call him Papa and he doted on all of them. Kyler, Kady, Jeremiah, Miriam, Samuel, Hannah and Kensley were all his little cowboys and cowgirls.
In 1976, Harley met and married Jeannie (Martin) Beckwith, who survives him. He is also survived by his children, daughter, Rachel Kendrick and husband, Kevin; son, Allen Beckwith and wife, Joni; sister, Helen Walker; brother Jimmy Beckwith; seven grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends and loved ones.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Estelle Beckwith; three brothers, Oliver, Sam and Raymond Beckwith; two sisters, Barbara Beckwith and Louise (Beckwith) Simmons.
Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Nelsonís Green Forest Chapel. Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 23, 2017 at Nelsonís Green Forest Chapel with Reverend Steve Cook and Brother Kevin Robertson officiating. Interment will follow the service in the Farewell Cemetery, Green Forest, Arkansas under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service, Inc. Memorial donations may be made to St. Judeís Children Research, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105 or Gideonís International, PO Box 362, Berryville, Arkansas or charity of your choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com.