ROCKWELL Thomas Lee Beeker, 92, of Rockwell, passed away Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, at Morrison Manor in Laurinburg. He was born Nov. 27, 1926, in Rowan County to the late John Calvin Beeker and Annie Bollinger Beeker. Mr. Beeker was a 1944 graduate of Cleveland High School, was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1946 to 1948, and retired from U.S. Department of Agriculture, where he was a food safety inspector. Mr. Beeker was an active member of Organ Lutheran Church in Salisbury, where he was former Chairman and member of the Church Council. For many years he sang in the choir. He also taught youth and adult Sunday school. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, John Beeker Jr., and Benny Ray Beeker; and sister, Annie Mae Overcash. Mr. Beeker is survived by his wife, Helen Virginia Sides Beeker, whom he married Oct. 29, 1949; daughters, Paula Beeker Poorman and husband, Richard, of Rockwell and Carolyn Beeker Heath and husband, Mark, of Clio, S.C.; sister, Marcella Freeze of Salisbury; grandchildren, Martin, Emily, Jon, Rob, Holly, and Michael; and 14 great-grandchildren. The family will greet friends and relatives Monday, Oct. 7, from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., at Organ Lutheran Church in Salisbury. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, at the church, with Pastors Carlin Ours and Eddie Pless, officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military rites. Memorials may be made to Organ Lutheran Church, 1515 Organ Church Rd., Salisbury, NC 28146. Powles Staton Funeral Home of Rockwell, an honored provider of Veterans Funeral Care, is assisting the Beeker family. Condolences may be made at www.powlesfuneralhome.com.

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