Deaths • 04.10.09

Posted on 09 Apr 2009 at 6:28pm

Aaron Michael Griffin, 28, died at his home in Carrollton on March 31.


Born on Aug. 8, 1980 in Midland, he was raised by Scarlette F. Griffin and Michael W. Griffin. After graduating from Midland High School in 1998, he worked in the restaurant industry until 2006, when he moved to the Dallas area to work as a restaurant manager.

Griffin enjoyed working out and spending time outdoors, whether riding around the lake on his bicycle or cruising around town in his treasured Chevy Nova. He had a passion for music, including favorites Simon and Garfunkel and Amy Winehouse, and loved to make people smile with his sense of humor and off-key singing. He was generous, always willing to lend a helping hand or volunteer his time to those in need.  Because of his ability to see both sides of things, he could always bring comfort and calm to a situation. He is remembered for being sensitive, caring and loving to everyone he knew.

Griffin was preceded in death by his father Michael W. Griffin. He is survived by his mother Scarlette F. Butler; his sisters, Christina Rogers of Midland, Rebecca Tippitt of San Angelo and Sarah Butler of Mansfield; his brothers, Sam Butler of Midland and Brandon Butler of Dallas; his grandfather George Woody of Midland, and his grandmother, Jerri Griffin of Kerrville.  He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.  

Jeames Aric Beckham, 36, of Plano died of complications from pneumonia on April 2 at Texas Health Resources Presbyterian Hospital in Plano.


Born Oct. 28, 1972 in Missouri, Beckham had lived in the Dallas area for the past six years. He graduated from Jackson High School in Jackson, Mo., Southwestern Baptist University in St. Louis.

He was unemployed at the time of his death, but had worked as an accountant. He had been controller for Martini Park, assistant controller for the W Hotel, and assistant controller for Westin City Center in St. Louis. He also volunteered at local theaters, including Uptown Players and WaterTower Theatre.

Beckham is survived by his mother, and stepfather, Joyce and Chuck Penland of Missouri; his father, Ken Beckham of Nevada; his stepmother, Dawn Jones of Nevada; his brother, Brad Beckham and his wife and their children Hanna, Abbey and, born after Beckham’s death, Elizabeth; his stepsister, Andrea Penland of Missouri; and his stepbrother Nathan Penland and his wife, also of Missouri.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. April 18 at MCC Church of Greater Dallas.

Friends are asking that donations in his memory be made to a fund for an Adopt-A-Tree Memorial in his honor in Plano, and possibly for contributions in his name to other causes important to Beckham, such as Operation Kindness. Details for the memorial fund are still being finalized and will be announced when available.

Kelly "Kel" Gene Graves died April 6, surrounded by loved ones.


A native of Fort Worth, born Oct. 28, 1964, Graves attended Richland High School and Texas Christian University. He was a dedicated 20-year employee of American Airlines. He will be missed by all and best remembered for his passion, never-ending optimism and his stalwart integrity.

Graves was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his partner of 14 years, Christopher Hayes; his mother, D’Ann Graves; his daughter, Madison Hotchko Potter; his sister, Sharon Kilgore of Colorado, and his brother, Ray Graves of Fort Worth.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 11 at Cathedral of Hope, 5910 Cedar Springs Road. Graves had asked that donations be made in his name to the Cathedral of Hope Interfaith Peace Chapel, www.CathedralofHope.com.

Walter Bell Price, 83, of Dallas died March 22.

Price had lived in the Dallas area since the 1950s and had worked as a bartender, bar manager and bar owner in the 1950s and 1960s. He more recently worked as a self-employed handyman and house painting contractor.

Price served in the U.S. Army in both World War II and the Korean War, reaching the rank of master sargeant.

He is survived by his three sisters and their families, who all live in the Texas Hill Country, and by a host of friends in Dallas, particularly the patrons of The Hideaway Club. His memory will be cherished for his generosity, his humor and his faithful friendship.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 10, 2009.

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