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John Beckwith Jr. from "Best Funeral Ever" stars in the TLC reality docu-series.

A native of Dallas, Texas, John Beckwith Jr. has been a funeral director and embalmer for over 24 years and is the owner and chief executive officer for Beckwith Inc., which is comprised of, Golden Gate Funeral Home in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, and Beckwith Golden Gate Funeral Home in Tallulah, Louisiana. Under the leadership of John E. Beckwith Jr., the company has expanded to a staff of over 100 full time employees
John Beckwith Jr. of "Best Funeral Ever"
John Beckwith Jr. Best Funeral Ever
and 20 part-time employees.

Beckwith holds as Associates Degree in Applied Science in Funeral Services from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Services. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theology from the University of Florida (Vision Seminary.) He is a graduate of the Dallas County Police Academy and serves as a Captain Deputy Constable for Dallas County Precinct One, where he also serves as a Firearms Instructor.

Beckwith is a member of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association where he serves as a member of the Political Action Committee. He is active in his local and state funeral directors associations. He holds the office of Sergeant of Arms and is a board member of the Texas Independent Funeral Directors Association, a certified funeral service practitioner and a member of Epsilon Nu Delta Mortuary Fraternity. He is a commissioned admiral in the Texas Navy.

Beckwith is an advocate of providing and sponsoring various outreach programs within his community. For individuals who are interested in pursing a career in the funeral industry he offers a "Ride Along Program" that offers the opportunity to observe Golden Gate Funeral Home's business practices and procedures first hand. He provides complimentary limousine services to local pastors, local schools and various organizations. To assist families during the holiday season, he provides turkey dinners at Thanksgiving and has a party and toy give away at Christmas for families in need within his community. He is an annual volunteer for Meals on Wheels on Christmas Day.

In memory of his mother Matriarch, Allene Beckwith, he is a sponsor of Mount Rose Baptist Church's Annual Health Fair. As a certified Tae Kwon Do black belt, he enjoys mentoring youth in the martial art. For teens and young adults, he sponsors and coaches the Golden Gate Funeral Home's Undertakers Flag Football team. He provides sponsorship to various little league teams within his community; and to honor the community high schools "State Championship" victories, he is a sponsor of their celebration and parade days.

Beckwith is a strong believer in God and is a faithful member of the Mount Rose Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, where he provides executive assistance to the pastor Bishop Jeffrey D. Thomas Sr.
Beckwith is also an active supporter and participant at the St John Missionary Baptist Church in Grand Prairie, Texas, under the leadership of Dr. Denny D. Davis, where he serves on the security ministry.

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Hometown: Dallas, TX
Current Residence: Dallas, TX

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