Charles Levi Beach passed away peacefully on March 23, 2020. He was born in Odell, Texas on September 2, 1930 and was raised in Altus, Oklahoma by wonderful parents, Levi and Bonnie Beach.

Charles was a graduate of Altus High School in 1948 and notes some of his favorite memories of Altus as being a baseball pitcher and being named outstanding boy of his class. He received a scholarship to attend the University of Oklahoma where he received a degree in geological engineering.

Charles was married to Frances Sharon Phipps in 1964 and settled in Altus and then later in Clinton, Oklahoma. Charles was employed by Phillips Petroleum and later the engineering division of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation for 38 years.

He was an active member of both the First United Methodist Church of Clinton and the Lions Club during his working years. Following his retirement in 1995, Charles enjoyed his time with his morning coffee groups in both Clinton and Elk City.

In 2011, Charles and Sharon moved to Elk City to be near family. Charles had a love for rock hunting which he invested his time in every year on the family’s annual mountain trips to Colorado.

His favorite passion was all things related to his beloved Oklahoma Sooners. He watched all Sooner football games faithfully, and he also enjoyed Sooner basketball, baseball and softball. His favorite trip was the chance to get to see his Sooners in the Rose Bowl in 2003 with his son, Bill.

Charles is survived by his wife of 55 years, Frances Sharon Beach, his brother, Tom Beach of Rossville, Georgia, his three children, Bill Beach of Chicago, Illinois, Carmel Wood of Frisco, Texas, and Mary Lynn Parkhurst of Amarillo, Texas. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Abbey Northcutt, Garrett Parkhurst, Leah Parkhurst and Emma Wood.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, March 27, 2020 at the Martin-Dugger Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ben Pascle officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. in Mangum, Oklahoma. Services are under the direction of Richard and Tammy Dugger and the staff of Martin-Dugger Funeral Home. The funeral services will be live streamed at Facebook/ Martin-Dugger Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the U.S. disaster relief fund through UMCOR, United Methodist Committee on Relief in care of Martin-Dugger Funeral Home, P.O. Box 707, Elk City, Oklahoma 73648.