Obituary of Beverly Dean Becraft
Beverly Dean BeCraft (Spanky) passed away Saturday, September 16, 2023. He was the son of the late Oscar & Louise BeCraft. He is preceded in death by his wife Velma Jean Goodwin BeCraft, daughter Beverly Jean BeCraft, brothers Gerald H. BeCraft and Lewis K. BeCraft. He was nicknamed Spanky by his brothers at a very young age and carried it until his death. He worked with his father, Oscar, and learned the trade of plumbing, which led to him becoming a Master Plumber and Electrician. He worked in the construction trade until accepting the position of Superintendent of Ground and Maintenance at Wytheville Community College where he worked until retirement. He is survived by his life partner, Barbara Jean Shelton, daughter and spouse Caroline BeCraft Jackson and Travis Jackson, granddaughter, and spouse Retta & Sabrina Jackson, and two great grandchildren. During his retirement, he discovered his love for cooking, baking, and grilling. He especially loved being a grandfather, caring for his horses, cars, and John Deere tractor. He and Barbara loved music and would go dancing at every opportunity. Dean developed a passion for helping children from his daughter Beverly, who was an elementary school teacher. She would identify children with needs and tell her parents who in turn would provide those students with assistance. He continued to help children even after his daughter’s death. Keeping with that tradition, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to assist with those agencies providing services to children, or to a child you know. A private graveside service will be held later. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.grubbfuneralhome.com Grubb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.