Paul Edward Beck, 90, of Harrisonburg, died
peacefully October 26, 2016, at Brookdale Senior
Living where he was a resident. A native of Washington,
DC and a long-time resident of Bethesda, MD, Paul
was born May 6, 1926, and was the son of the late
Paul Kenneth and Hazel White Beck.
A devoted husband for 63 years, he was
predeceased by Lillieanna Powell Beck in June 2010.
Paul is survived by their four daughters and their
partners, Judy Beck and Allida Black; Christina and
Phillip Updike; Catherine and Robert Freideman;
Marcia and Robert Klettner.
Proud of his Washington roots, Paul attended
Gordon Junior High School, where he met Lillieanna, and Western Senior High School
(1944). Immediately upon graduation, he entered the U.S. Navy and served from June
1944-June 1946 as Yeoman 3rd Class with the 137/139th Naval Construction Battalion
(SeaBees) in Okinawa and aboard the USS Chawasha. He received the Pacific Theater
Ribbon and the Japanese Occupation Ribbon.
After honorable discharge Paul earned a degree in accountancy from Benjamin Franklin
University (DC) and began a decades-long distinguished career as a certified public
accountant by joining J. Henry Oehmann & Company. He served his many clients through
more than 50 tax seasons with professionalism and compassion. Later in his career he
was a principle in Oehmann, Beck and Summers, which merged with Councilor,
Buchanan & Mitchell, P.C in 1994. From 1991-1992 Paul Beck was President of the DC
Institute of CPAs (now Greater Washington Society of CPAs). Years after retirement, Paul
is remembered as “not only a giant in the profession but a stand-up gentleman and
Over the years Paul was a faithful member of North Bethesda United Methodist Church,
acting as both treasurer and usher. He had been a member of Lions Club and Columbia
Country Club of Chevy Chase, MD. When Paul and Lillieanna retired to Massanutten
Resort he could not resist a volunteer job answering guest questions about snow tubing
and ski fees. Paul loved to plan vacations for the family and particularly enjoyed trips to
Scotland and attending Highland Games. He was a golfer, a Redskins fan forever and
never turned down a chance to hear classic country music.
Paul always supported the education and independence of his daughters; his good
works and kindness will live on.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 4, 2016, at Kyger Funeral
Home, 3173 Spotswood Trail, Harrisonburg, VA 22801. Burial will follow at Eastlawn
Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends beginning at 10 a.m. prior to the
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the JMU Foundation for the Paul and
Lillieanna Beck Professorship #24257 and sent to: Advancement Gifts and Records,
MSC 3603, 220 University Blvd., James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807.
The professorship benefits the School of Art, Design and Art History at JMU.
3173 Spotswood Trail
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
115 Nicholson Road
Elkton, VA 22827