Thomas “Tom” Edward Beck

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Thomas “Tom” Edward Beck 70, better known as “Poppy” passed away at home on August 23, 2016. 

Poppy was born and raised in Cherokee, NC. During his life he worked for the CAP Program, BDO, Cherokee Boys Club, Assistant Director of Save the Children Federation, and he was a member of the local JayCee’s. 

Poppy was an entrepreneur who owned several businesses including Sequoyah’s Shades –n- Things and Poppy’s Little Knife Store currently located in Maggie Valley, NC.  Poppy was preceded in death by his parents John Quentin Beck, an enrolled member of the Cherokee Tribe, Dorothy Darden Beck, a full blood member of the Chitimacha tribe of Louisiana and brother John Lester Beck.  

Poppy is survived by his sister Betty Beck Frady; wife Roseanna Beck; their four children Thomas Jr., Kimlyn, Michelle, Kitsie; and eight grandchildren Christian, Brantly, Travis, Brian Patrick, Daniel, Lyndsey, Lonnie Jr., Ian; and a nephew Robert “Bob” Frady. 

In addition to his grandchildren, many other young people were adopted into Poppy’s heart and became his grandchildren in spirit. 

Services were held on Friday, August 26, 2016 at the Shoal Creek Baptist Church located at 184 Shoal Creek Church Loop, Whittier NC 28789.  

The family received friends and family between the hours of 1:00p.m. and 2:00p.m. with services following at 2:00p.m.

Long House Funeral Home assisted the Beck family.

Smoky Mountain Times

Mailing Address:
PO Box 730
1 River Street
Bryson City, NC 28713 
Phone: 828-488-2189
Fax: 828-488-0315