Auto dealer William “Skipper” Beck died Sept. 11, when his Cirrus SR22 airplane crashed at the Rock Hill/York County Airport in North Carolina. Beck was the only one on board.
The plane apparently had engine trouble at takeoff, prompting Beck to return to the airport but not avoid the crash.
Beck, 49, was a longtime car dealer whose Beck Automotive Group appeared on the Ward's Megadealer 100 ranking for several years as one of the top dealer groups in the country. Beck ran the group with his younger brother, Bobby, but in recent years had been selling the group's stores.
Years ago, the Becks were partners with Jerry Reynolds in the Prestige Ford, in Garland, TX. Reynolds sold his stake to the Becks.
Last year, the Becks sold Prestige, one of the country's top dealerships, to Randall Reed who has several dealership holdings in Texas.
Beck sold his Charlotte-based Mercedes store, Beck Imports, this spring to the Hendrick Automotive Group.