Beeson, Barry

Barry Bernard Beeson

July 18, 1933 - August 6, 2016

Barry Bernard Beeson, age 83, of McKinney, Texas, passed away August 6, 2016.  He was born July 18, 1933 in Topeka, Kansas, to Clyde and Thelma (McCord) Beeson.  Barry proudly served his country in the United States Navy.  He graduated from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.  On April 5, 1958, he married Erma Bateman in Fredonia, Kansas.  He sang in many barbershop quartets, and was a longtime member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.  Barry was a past President of the McKinney Lions Club and served as governor of Lion District 2E2.  

Barry was a lifelong private pilot and flight instructor, and was awarded the Wilbur Wright Award for fifty years of incident-free flying.  He, and his brother Jim, ran Beeson Aviation during the 1960’s in Topeka, Kansas; it was one of the first scheduled air charter services in the country.  He worked for 37 years for Sears in credit systems, in Kansas, Missouri, Texas, California and Illinois.

Barry is survived by his wife, Erma Beeson of McKinney, Texas; children, James Beeson and wife Jonnie also of McKinney, Texas, Ann Beeson and husband Robert Kimzey of Austin, Texas; brother, James C. Beeson and wife Glenda of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Heidi Anderson of Dallas, Texas, Brandon Beeson, Spencer Smith, Miranda Beeson all of McKinney, Texas, and Oscar Kimzey of Austin, Texas.

Barry is preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Thelma Beeson, and sister, Mary Beeson Harris.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm., Saturday, August 13, 2016 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in McKinney, Texas.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 511 Foote Street, McKinney, Texas 75069, (972)562-1166.

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James, I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. Deepest sympathy for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Bennett, August 12, 2016 James and the entire Beeson family. I am very sorry for your loss. My prayers and condolences are with you all. Gary, August 11, 2016 James, I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. Please accept my deepest, sincerest sympathy for your loss. With warmth and respect, David Gorstein David Gorstein, August 11, 2016 James Sorry to hear about the passing of your father. My condolences to you and your family. In reading about him, he touched many many people. I wish I could have heard him sing. His spirit will be with you and the Beeson family always. Jack Beck, August 11, 2016 Jim just wanted to express my deepest condolences to you and your family Frank cassano, August 10, 2016 Dee and I were deeply saddened to hear of Barry's passing. You all are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. Dee and Lynda Harris, August 10, 2016 James, I am sorry for the loss of your father. I noticed in his biography that you followed in his footsteps with his love of music, flying and business. What a great role model for you to have in your life. You can learn a lot about a father by looking at how well his children succeed in life personally and professionally and knowing you tells me your father was very successful in instilling good values, ethics love and kindness into your life. I pray for his soul today and pray that you and your family will celebrate and remember his life as he would want you to. Tom Donovan, August 9, 2016 Erma, you and your family are in our prayers. I imagine that Barry is joining a quartet somewhere and singing his favorite tunes with the group. I wish we could have gotten one going when we were in McKinney. Mark Crenwelge, August 8, 2016 Erma and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Take care and know that Barry is in a better place. Love, Ron and Cindy Ron and Cindy Johnson, August 8, 2016 Rest in Peace, Barry P.D.G. Ron & Mary Alice Layland, August 8, 2016 I'm so sorry to hear about Barry. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Beverly Snow, August 8, 2016 We are so sorry to hear of Barry's passing. Know that you and family are in our thoughts and prayers, Dick and Nancy Green, August 7, 2016 My Dad, Jim Wright, is Barry's cousin and growing up, we heard so much about your family. It was great to see you from time to time. Barry sounded like such a special and interesting guy. You are in my thoughts and I am so sorry for your loss. Ash Friend Ashley Friend, August 7, 2016 So sorry for your loss. Lillian Hughes, August 7, 2016 I'm shocked and saddened to learn of Barry's death. He was a good friend, a wonderful colleague in service to Lionism, and a genuine person. To Erma and family, our love and prayers are with you. Wayne Meachum, August 7, 2016 Erma, so sad to hear of your husband's passing. May you find comfort in all his sweet memories. Hugs. Gilda G. Garza, August 7, 2016 We are so sorry to hear of Barry's death. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. Peter and Sue Bailey, August 6, 2016 My condolences to the Beeson family on your loss. Barry will be missed. David Gramm, August 6, 2016 Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Don and Libby Steele, August 6, 2016 Oh Erma - I am so saddened by this news. Sending you prayers for comfort. I know you had an amazing life together and he is flying high with our Lord in heaven. Love to you and your family. Shari Ave Beesley, August 6, 2016 Erma & family, You have our deepest sympathy n the passing of Barry. We are praying for you. Jim & Stacie Durham, August 6, 2016 Barry was a great guy. He recruited me as a Lion and led me during my stay. Very friendly and a Godly man. will be missed... Danny wolf, August 6, 2016 Barry was a wonderful man and a good friend. I shall miss singing "For It Was Mary, Mary" with him and listening to his remarkable stories. Always gentle, always smiling! I shall miss him. Steve Powell, August 6, 2016 Such a dear, bright, talented man. My thoughts and prayers are lifting you up Erma. Peace to you my friend. Julie Gladney, August 6, 2016 Erma, you and the family are in our hearts and prayers. We love you! The photo of Barry is exactly how I will always remember him - full of joy and laughter. Linda & BJ Linda & BJ Dixon, August 6, 2016