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Beckwith's son to finish out term as Tallulah Mayor

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TALLULAH, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The Tallulah City Council has voted for Michael Beckwith, the son of the late Mayor Eddie Beckwith, Jr., as interim mayor.

At Thursday's meeting, the council approved to appoint Michael Beckwith to serve as interim mayor before a new mayor is elected on May 3.

The late Mayor Eddie Beckwith, Jr. was seeking a third term when he died two weeks ago. His death prompted the SEcretary of State to reopen the qualifying period in the mayor's race, pushing the election to May.

Michael Beckwith will now finish his father's term as mayor, and after June 31st the mayor-elect will take over.

Tallulah has a new acting Mayor. Michael Beckwith, son of the former Mayor, the late Eddie Beckwith, Jr., was appointed interim Mayor to fill the unexpired term of his father that runs until June 30th. A large crowd was on hand at City Call chambers for the ceremony tonight.

Here's an excerpt from the Beckwith Golden Gate Funeral Home with some background on Michael Beckwith:

"A licensed funeral director in the State of Texas and Louisiana. A licensed Insurance and preneed agent for both states. He Holds an applied science degree.  A graduate of Dallas Institute of Funeral Services and McCall class of 1992. A member of national, state and local funeral directors association. An advocate supporter of Madison parish hospitals, schools and law enforcement. A volunteer speaker at local and national events. He has received numerous awards from many organizations for his support, time and donations to so many causes. He developed the Madison Parish appreciation day that draws over 500 people annually, with horseback riding instructions for the youth. A graduate of Dallas County Police Academy, He serves as a Texas peace officer, and Lieutenant deputy constable for Dallas County Pct #1. He holds a certificate of rank of black belt from USA-Korean association American Institute of Tae Kwon Do. He serves on the security ministry for St. John Baptist Church in Grand Prairie, TX."

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