John E. Beckwith Jr.
John E. Beckwith Jr., CFSP a native of Dallas, Texas has served as a Funeral Director and Embalmer for over 30 years with license in Texas and Louisiana. He is the Owner and Chief Executive Officer for Beckwith Inc., which is comprised of Golden Gate Funeral Home in the Dallas, TX, Ft. Worth, TX and Beckwith Golden Gate Funeral Home in Tallulah, LA. Going about is Father business under his leadership Beckwith Inc. has expanded to a staff of over 80 full time employees and 20 part time employees.
He holds a Degree in Applied Science in Funeral Services from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Services. A Bachelor of Science in Funeral Service Management from Mid-America College and is a licensed Embalmer, Funeral Director, Insurance and Pre-Need Agent. With a Masters and Doctorate Degree in Theology from the Texas University of Theology , he is a licensed and ordained minister. He is also, a graduate of the Dallas County Police Academy. He is a licensed Peace Officer in the State of Texas and currently holds the rank of Captain Deputy Constable in Dallas County Precinct One where he is, a Firearms Instructor. John is also, a Commissioned Admiral in the Texas Navy.
John is a member of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association. He is a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner and a member of Epsilon Nu Delta Mortuary Fraternity.
A funeral professional with extensive funeral industry knowledge, he is a highly recognized speaker and consultant in the industry. He serves as an advisor for several casket and chemical companies, which focuses on product knowledge and developing programs for merchandising. John was instrumental in introducing the “Celebrations of Life” funeral concept on his TLC national syndicated television show “The Best Funeral Ever.” He also, provides “A Open and Honest Look” into funeral services on his weekly “Ask the Undertaker” radio and television shows.
John is an advocate of providing and sponsoring varies outreach programs within his community. For individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in the Funeral Industry he implemented and offers a “Ride Along Program.” The program provides individuals the opportunity to observe Golden Gate Funeral Home’s business practices and procedures first hand.
John is a strong believer in God and is a faithful member of the Mount Rose Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas where he serves under the leadership of Pastor Bishop Jeffrey D. Thomas Sr. In memory of his mother Matriarch Allene Beckwith, he sponsors the church’s Annual Health Fair.
He is also an active supporter and participant at the St John Missionary Baptist Church in Grand Prairie and Southlake, Texas under the leadership of Dr. Denny D. Davis, where he serves on the Security Ministry.