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Christopher Maurice Beshears

July 20, 1964 ~ August 13, 2018 (age 54)

Chris Beshears was born July 20, 1964, in Fort Smith, Arkansas, to Billy and Faye (Denney) Beshears. He grew up around the Fort Smith area, living most of his childhood in Greenwood, Arkansas, a place he dearly loved. In high school, they moved to Tulsa, where he graduated from Will Rogers High School in 1982. He did odd jobs before working for Oklahoma Fixture Company, where he spent several years as a carpenter, a craft he loved and had mastered. In October of 1984, he met Sehoya Davis, whom he later married on June 29, 1985. He loved his wife fiercely for the rest of his life. In August 1986, Chris and Sehoya welcomed their first of three daughters, Kimberly. In December 1991, Megan was born. In August 2000, Chenoa was born, and their family was complete. Chris loved all of his girls very much, and they all loved him to the moon and back. His oldest daughter, Kim, and her husband, Tim Kimball, made him a Proud Papa first in January 2011, with Chris, and again in April 2017, with Sadie. His grandbabies meant the world to him and he loved them so much.

Chris was an avid hunter and fisherman, and did both until his body would no longer allow it. He loved football, NASCAR, and would watch any sport and make it fun. He loved his Razorbacks, but said if he watched them play, they'd lose. (He watched them anyway.) When he wasn't watching the Hogs, you would catch him watching the Sooners play, but he only cheered them on for the sake of Megan, his daughter.

Chris loved to grill for a crowd and talk about anything and everything. He told it like it was, but was gentle and loving. He never met a stranger and swore by 1/6oz yellow rooster tail.

He will be forever missed and always loved.

He is preceded in death by his father, Bill, and an infant older brother; all of his grandparents; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Sehoya; his daughter, Kim, son-in-law, Tim, and their two children, Chris and Sadie; his daughters Megan and Chenoa; his mother, Faye; his brother, Billy, and his son, Gage; his sister, Kristi, and her sons, Aaron and Ryan; and other countless family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to The American Liver Foundation or The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

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