Calvin Milton Beecher Sr.
Jane Hannah Brown
Elmer Thomas Wolf
Martha Irene Daniels
Calvin Milton Beecher Jr.
Mary Elizabeth Wolf
Roderick Reid Beecher


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1. Sandra Sue Gray

2. Margaret Elaine Cooley

Roderick Reid Beecher 2 3

  • Born: 14 Jan 1939, Springfield, Bradford, PA 4 5
  • Marriage (1): Sandra Sue Gray
  • Marriage (2): Margaret Elaine Cooley on 16 Jan 1998 in Gulfport, Harrison, MS 1
  • Died: 27 Dec 2021, Biloxi: Kessler Air Force Base, Harrison, MS, USA at age 82 5
  • Buried: Biloxi: Biloxi National Cemetery, Harrison, MS, USA 5

   FamilySearch ID: LF2L-5HG.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census in 1940 in Erie, Erie, PA. 6 The 1940 census recorded renting at 2213 German Street: Calvin M. Beecher, laborer W.P.A., 29, living with wife Mary E., 24; Roderick, 3; and Sandra B., 1. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania. They were living in the same home in 1935.

2. Obituary: Sun Herald: Obituary of Renee Elizabeth Beecher on 24 Jun 1975 in Biloxi, Harrison, MS. 7 Renee Elizabeth Beecher, 11, died Monday at 8:30 p.m. at the USA Medical Center, Keesler AFB after being involved in a traffic accident. Friends may call at Bradford O'Keefe Funeral Home, Biloxi, from 8 to 10 pm Wednesday. Services will be conducted from the funeral home Thursday at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at SouthernMemorial Park. She was born July 13, 1963, in Mount Clemens, Mich., and was the daughter of Roderick Beecher and Mrs. Sandra Rush, Biloxi, 40 Vandenberg Heights. She lived in Biloxi for five years and was a Baptist. Other survivors include a brother, Bryan; two sisters, Teresa and Shawn, all of Biloxi; her paternal grandmother, Mrs. Mary Beecher of East Springfield, Pa.; maternal grandfather, Kenneth Gray of Renfrew, Penn.

3. Residence: on 1 Jul 1988 in Biloxi, Harrison, MS. 8

4. Residence: on 1 Jun 2001 in Biloxi, Harrison, MS. 8

5. Census in 1950 in East Springfield, Erie, PA, USA. 9 The 1950 census recorded at 25 East Springfield: Elmer T. Wolfe, finisher at forge and steel company, 60, living wife Irene M., 58; and daughter Mary E. Beecher 34, divorced, with her children: Sondra B. Beecher, 13; Rodrick R. Beecher, 11; and Robert L. Beecher, 9.

6. Newspaper: Sun Herald: Birth of Teresa Marie Beecher, 25 May 1962, Biloxi, Harrison, MS. 10 Keesler Little People: Following is a list of births at Keelery Base Hospital from May 14-20: May 20 Teresa Marie Beecher, A2C and Mrs. Roderick R. Beecher.

7. Residence: on 7 Jun 1975 in Biloxi, Harrison, MS. 2

8. Newspaper: Sun Herald: Birth of Grant Michael Westbrook, 24 Feb 1987, Biloxi, Harrison, MS. 11 Mr. and Mrs. Michael Gaylen Westbrook of Biloxi announce the birth of a son, Grant Michael Westbrook, on Jan. 16 1987 in Biloxi Regional Medical Center. The mother is the former Shawn Denise Beecher, daughter of Sandra Givens and Roderick Beecher, both of Biloxi. Mrs. Mary Beecher of Ablion, Pa., is the maternal great-grandmother. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Westbrook of Athens, Pa. Paternal great-grandmother is Mrs. Reva Thompson of Waverly, NY.

9. Residence: on 24 Feb 1987 in Biloxi, Harrison, MS. 11

10. Newspaper: Sun Herald: Birth of Twins Joshua Allen and Jeremy Adam Westbrook, 20 Aug 1990, Biloxi, Harrison, MS. 12 JOSHUA ALLEN WESTBROOK AND JEREMY ADAM WESTBROOK, twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Westbrook of Biloxi, were bom June 29, 1990 at Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center in Biloxi. Maternal grandparents are Roderick Beecher and Sandra Ripa of Biloxi and the maternal great-grandmother is Mary Beecher of Albion, Pa. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Westbrook of Athens, Pa., and the paternal great-grandmother is Reva Thompson of Waverly, N.Y. The mother is the former Shawn Beecher of Biloxi.

11. Residence: 1635 Hollywood Blvd # 39531, Biloxi, MS 39531 in 1993 in Biloxi, Harrison, MS. 4

12. Newspaper: Sun Herald: Birth of Andrea Renae Beecher, 21 Nov 1995, Biloxi, Harrison, MS. 13 Andrea Renas Beecher, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Beecher of Ocean Springs, was born Oct. 8, 1995, at Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center in Biloxi. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Yarborough of Ocean Springs. The maternal great-grandparents are Sadie Yarborough of Biloxi, the late Benjamin Yarborough Sr., Buddie King of Ocean Springs and Ralph and Euncie Youngblood of North Biloxi. Paternal grandparents are Roderick Beecher and Sandra Ripa both of Biloxi. Mary Beecher of Albion, Pa., is the paternal great-grandmother. The mother is the former Pamela Jeanette Yarborough of Ocean Springs.

13. Newspaper: Sun Herald: Birth of Kelsey Renee Powell, 11 Aug 2002, Biloxi, Harrison, MS. 14 Kelsey Renee Powell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Howard (Teresa) Powell of Biloxi, was born May 27, 2002, at Ocean Springs Hospital. Roderick Beecher and Sandra Ripa of Gulfport are the maternal grandparents. The maternal great-grandmother is Mary Beecher of Prescott, Ariz. William Lee and Marjorie Powell of Biloxi are the paternal grandparents. The mother is the former Teresa Marie Beecher of Biloxi.

14. Residence: on 10 Sep 2004 in Gulfport, Harrison, MS. 3

15. Obituary: on 28 Dec 2021 in Biloxi, Harrison, MS. 5 Roderick "Rodney" Reid Beecher, age 82, passed away on Monday, December 27, 2021, at Keesler Medical Center in Biloxi.

Mr. Beecher was born January 14, 1939, in Springfield, PA. He retired as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force. He attended The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of Gulfport, MS. He was a member of the Square Dance Clubs, Belles & Bouys of Gulfport and Magnolia Swingers of Ocean Springs.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Elizabeth Beecher and Calvin Beecher; and his daughter, Renee Beecher. Survivors include his wife, Marian Cooley-Beecher (married August 9, 2018); son, Bryan Beecher of Ocean Springs; 2 daughters, Teresa Powell of Biloxi and Shawn Westbrook of Cataula, GA; brother, Bob Beecher of Nelsonville, OH; sister, Sondra Duncan of Homboldt, AZ; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; several stepchildren and other loving family members and friends.

Friends are invited to join the Beecher family for visitation on Monday, January 3, 2022, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Riemann Family Funeral Home, 13872 Lemoyne Blvd. at Washington Ave., West Jackson County. On Tuesday, January 4, 2022, visitation will continue at the funeral home from 11:30 a.m. until the Funeral Service at 12:30 p.m.

Mr. Beecher will be laid to rest at Biloxi National Cemetery with military honors rendered by the U.S. Air Force. Pallbearers will be Tom Baker, Robert Cooley, Jr., Billy Molton, Eric Brown, Patrick Beecher and Grant Westbrook, and Honorary Pallbearer, Nathan Bignell.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to St. Jude's Children Research Center in Memphis Tennessee.

The online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at

Roderick married Sandra Sue Gray, daughter of Kenneth Chalmers Gray and Mildred Elizabeth McPherson. (Sandra Sue Gray was born on 9 Apr 1940 in Butler, Butler, PA.)

Roderick next married Margaret Elaine Cooley, daughter of James Carl Cooley and Adeline Bolen, on 16 Jan 1998 in Gulfport, Harrison, MS.1 (Margaret Elaine Cooley was born on 2 Nov 1930 in Natchez, Natchitoches, LA, USA,15 16 died on 21 Jul 2011 in Gulfport, Harrison, MS 15 16 17 and was buried on 24 Jul 2011 in Picayune: Palestine Cemetery, Pearl River, MS, USA 16 17.)


1 The Sun Herald (Biloxi, MS), 8 Feb 1998, page 55. Beecher - Pearson Marriage.

2 Erie Times-News (Erie, Erie, Pennsylvania.), 8 Jun 1975, page 4-C. Obituary of Calvin Beecher.

3 Erie Times-News (Erie, Erie, Pennsylvania.), 21 Oct 2004, obituary of Mary E. (Wolf) Beecher.

4, U.S. Public Records Index (Original data: Voter Registration Lists, Public Record Filings, Historical Residential Records, and Other Household Database Listings.), Vol. 1.

5 "Rieman Funeral Home (Biloxi, MS),"

6 1940 United States Census, Calvin M Beecher, Ward 5, Erie City, Erie City, Erie, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 68-78A, sheet 6B, family 128.

7 The Sun Herald (Biloxi, MS), 24 Jun 1975, page 2. Obituary of Renee Elizabeth Beecher.

8 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "FamilySearch," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 19 Sep 2023), entry for Roderick Reid Beecher, person ID LF2L-5HG.

9 "1950 United States Census," Elmer T. Wolfe East Springfield PA.

10 The Sun Herald (Biloxi, MS), 25 May 1962, page 8. Birth of Teresa Marie Beecher.

11 The Sun Herald (Biloxi, MS), 24 Feb 1987, page 13.

12 The Sun Herald (Biloxi, MS), 20 Aug 1990, page 12.

13 The Sun Herald (Biloxi, MS), 21 Nov 1995, page 14. Birth of Andrea Renae Beecher, daughter of Bryan Beecher and Pamela Jeanette Yarborough.

14 The Sun Herald (Biloxi, MS), 11 Aug 2002, page 70.

15 U.S. Social Security Death Index, Margaret C Beecher, 21 Jul 2011.

16 Find A Grave,

17 The Sun Herald (Biloxi, MS), 23 Jul 2011, obituary of Margaret Cooley Pearson Beecher.

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