Obituary of Shirley Ann Bowie Beckum
Shirley Ann Bowie Beckum, Beloved Daughter, Wife, Mother, Grandmother & Friend was born on September 2, 1948, in Newport News,
Virginia to the parentage of the late Nelson and Ora Lee Bowie. Their family eventually settled in Winnsboro, Louisiana where she spent her formative years.
Shirley attended Franklin Parish High School in Winnsboro, Louisiana and El Centro College in Dallas, Texas earning her Associates Degree.
Shirley retired from The Texas Department of Human Resources as a Family Self Support Case Manager for several years.
On May 14, 1966, Shirley married her one and only true love and High School sweetheart, Bobby Joe Beckum.
Shirley was blessed with 2 successful children, Kenneth L. Beckum of Dallas, Texas and Dr. Orlando K. Beckum, MD (Toi) of Houston, Texas.
Shirley was blessed with 4 grandchildren, Najee, Egypt, Orlando II and Kai. She also had 2 great-grandchildren, Kendrick and Zahara.
She also leaves behind a Brother Herbert Bowie and Sisters, Esther Moore, Ivory Scott (Ernest) and Dorothy “Penny” Bowie. Two other siblings preceded Shirley in death, Nelson Bowie, and Barbara Johnson.
She has also been blessed with the presence of a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.
Shirley Beckum is a great example of excellence and a life well lived and has set the mark and a legacy for all of us to live by.
She will be truly missed
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