James Kenneth Beck

May 11, 2018

CHARLOTTE – James Kenneth Beck, 70, of Glendale Springs, NC passed away on May 11, 2018.  Ken was born November 11, 1947 to the late James Cambron and Sadie Peeler Beck of Spencer, NC.  A Viet Nam veteran, he served in the US Air Force as a flight engineer from 1969 until 1973.  Ken graduated from North Rowan High School and from NC State in 1975 with a dual degree in textile engineering and chemistry.  He would ultimately retire from Olin Chemicals.

Ken enjoyed all thing outdoors, especially the mountains.  A former member of the Ski Bees Club of Charlotte, Ken enjoyed backpacking, SCUBA diving and sailing.  He and Martha Rademacher were married in Maui in 2001 and moved to Ashe County in 2013.  They enjoyed snow skiing, golf trips and visits to numerous international destinations.  Ken and Martha were members of Myers Park Presbyterian Church.

In addition to his wife, Ken is survived by a son, Cambron Beck and his wife, Kelli of Cheraw, SC; daughter, Margaret Sprouse of Rock Hill, SC, and four grandchildren, Emily and Andy Beck and Preston and Jon Michael Sprouse.

A service to celebrate the life of Ken Beck will be held at 3:00 PM on Thursday in the Chapel of Myers Park Presbyterian Church.  The family will receive friends in the parlor following the memorial service.

Memorials may be sent to Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Place, Charlotte, NC 28207, Habitat for Humanity, 3815 Latrobe Dr, Charlotte, NC 28211 or The Humane Society of Charlotte, 2700 Toomey Ave, Charlotte, NC 28203.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.


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  • Sick and Jean Young

    You have our Christian love and prayers.
    We were truly sorrow at the loss of your dad!

  • Nayda de la Torre

    My heart hurts for you my prayers are with you and family.

  • Heather Lowder

    Meg,I am so sorry for you and your family's loss..my prayers are with you all

  • Allyson Blaine Haenlein

    I am so very sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in God's peace and love always.

  • Bob Hayler

    I knew Ken years ago in the ski club. There are a lot of stories that surrounded that group and all the people in it. Ken was a great guy guy! Martha, I'm so sad to hear this can you have my condolences

  • Jay Hoffman

    While I did not know Ken, I do know the love that his wife had for him. As someone I consider a friend, she shared stories of their lives together and experiences that made them a unique couple full of grace and love for each other, their friends and family. My condolences go out to Martha and Ken's children and wish they may always have the sharpest memories of the love Ken had for them and of the times that meant the most to all. God bless his journey.