Former OOIDA board member Eric Beck dead at 69

| 12/15/2006

Eric Beck, longtime OOIDA member, died Dec. 6, 2006, of complications following a stroke. A resident of Little Rock, AR, he was a trucker for more than 30 years.

He joined OOIDA in 1993 and was a member of the Association Board of Directors from October 1998 to April 2006.

Friends in the trucking industry described him as "quiet and kind." An owner-operator since 1960, sometimes he drove the truck himself; sometimes he had a driver on the truck.

"He was a good man who freely gave of his time and energies to benefit his fellow truckers by participating on the OOIDA board. He will be missed," said OOIDA President and CEO Jim Johnston.

Beck was born in 1937 in Holly Springs, MS. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Indiana, and received his doctorate in theology from Nichols College in Birmingham, AL. He served as pastor for several churches during his lifetime.

He is survived by his wife, Flossie, and two sons, Andre Harris and Dewayne Johnson, all of Little Rock; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.