Martha Beck


Martha Lou Messer Beck, 84, of Cleveland, passed away Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, at her residence.

She had lived in the Cleveland area most of her life, and was a member of Dalton Pike Baptist Church. She loved to sew and crochet and spend time with her grandchildren. She had worked for Faye Swafford, and as a care giver for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Estel Beck; parents, William Messer and Mary Womac Messer; granddaughter, Lacey Neloms; brother, Wayne Messer; and sisters, Betty Hayes, Judy Frost, and Bernita Messer.

She is survived by two daughters: Shirley A. Goins and husband, Terry, of Decatur, and Tammy Pickens and husband, James, of Cleveland; four grandchildren: Angela Goins, Duke Goins, Kimberly Jones, and Zachary Neloms; six great-grandchildren: Lauren Reagan, Amanda Reagan, Megan Goins, Creed Goins, Ethan Jones, and Juliet Jones; two great-great-grandchildren, Clara Reagan and Bryson Floyd; brother, James Messer of Cleveland; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with the Rev. Dudley Nichols officiating.

Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens with a white dove release ceremony and bagpipes to conclude the service.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Beck family guestbook at


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