James Beck


James Merritt Beck, 72, died Aug. 31, 2015. He was born June 30, 1943 in Riverside, Calif., with the name Orville Merritt Borden.

James retired as a Sergeant for the Austin Police Department after 28 years of service. He then continued his law enforcement career working as a police officer for the Lockhart Police Department and Saint Edwards Police Department.

He earned h

is Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from St. Edward’s University. He enjoyed scouting, gardening, fishing and researching genealogy.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Beck; two sons, Jim Beck and wife, Brande, and Scott Beck and wife, Brandy; and four grandsons, Calvin, Jonathan, Jason and Jacob.

A graveside service was scheduled at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at the Lockhart City Cemetery with a Celebration of life to follow at the First Lockhart Baptist Church.

Arrangements under the care and guidance of McCurdy Funeral Home, 105 E. Pecan, Lockhart, Texas 78644, (512) 398-4791. To



  1. Audrey Miller 2 September, 2015 at 01:43 Reply

    My prayers go out to the Beck family. So sorry for your loss. Mr. Beck was a very good man may he rest in peace.

  2. Amy Toungate 2 September, 2015 at 18:58 Reply

    My Prayers are with the Beck Family! May God hold you close and help you through this time!! Sorry for your loss!

  3. Paula Marks 2 September, 2015 at 20:44 Reply

    I knew Jim in his roles as police officer and student at St. Edward’s. He was a fine, sweet man, a pleasure to be around. Peace and grace to his family.

  4. Alex Alonzo 2 September, 2015 at 21:16 Reply

    Dear Beck family,

    I’m very sorry for your loss. May God give you peace and love through one another and through family and friends. Hold on to the neck of Jesus!

    Love y’all,

  5. Marvin (Gene) Sutton 3 September, 2015 at 02:22 Reply

    So long old friend. May you rest in peace. I’ll see you on the other side. You will surely be missed on this earth, but I know you are happy there. No pain, no suffering.

  6. Sandi Sharp Schulte 3 September, 2015 at 16:33 Reply

    My prayers go out to the Beck Family. as your days will follow keep his precious memories alive. I met James at Poodie’s and he was always so very nice. I found out how nice when one night I was coming from Dripping Springs to go to Poodie”s and I was speeding. James didn’t stop me he just fallowed me to the club. At the club he drives up and told me how fast I was going and he told me to slow it down going home that he cared about me as a friend and would hate to have to come to a car that was wrecked and he would find me hurt or maybe even dead. From that day forward I have driven the speed limit. I put my car on cruise control and haven’t had a ticket or a wreck sense. And that was 10 years ago.For his kind words made a big susses story to me. I loved James so much for giving me good clean but to the point advice. He will be missed deeply. He turned out to be a true friend. I would run into him at Poodie’s or Backstage at the Willlie Nelson concerts he was like the part of Willies extended family. I will pass the word around about his passing Sandi Sharp Schulte

  7. Debra Padgett 25 June, 2016 at 19:52 Reply

    I was so very sorry to hear of Orville’s Death!!! My Sincere Sympathy’s to the Family. I never met Orville. He was Friends with my Brother Gerald and he knew My Brother Bobby! We talked a lot on Facebook!!! I miss him so very much! His comments, his sense of humor he always made my Day Better!!! I know that he is having so much fun in Heaven and making everyone’s Day Happy!!! Love You and Miss You Dear Friend!!! I am so honored that we became Friends on Facebook!! Rest Easy!!

    • Debra Padgett 14 September, 2016 at 13:40 Reply

      I did meet Him when I was around 8. He was painting the inside of Our Company owned House. We was talking about the Greenlee County Fair that weekend. We were talking about the Rides. I told him that none of them scared me. He said if we was out there on Saturday Night that he would take me on one that would scare me. My Friend Birdie was with me. He took us on the Hammer. When we got off the Ride My Mom asked him if I was scared. He said No she was laughing but the other Little Girl and I was scared. I will always remember that. He also told me while he was Painting that he was Friends with My Brother Gerald. Sorry it took me so long to remember. He told me when he posted on my Facebook Page what a Pretty Little Girl I was.

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