The wonderful life of Fallis Arch Beall came to a peaceful end on November 9, 2020, at the age of 87. Fallis was born on December 30, 1932, in Cushing, Oklahoma, the son of Edra (Fallis) and Brutus Beall. He was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Some of his greatest joy came from spending time with family and friends.
Fallis grew up on a farm in Cushing until his parents moved to Tulsa when he was twelve years of age. Both of Fallis’ parents were schoolteachers in Cushing, and later, Tulsa.
While in high school, he was elected governor of Boys’ State, and he was selected as a member of the Oklahoma All-State football team that played in the Oil Bowl against the Texas All-Stars in 1950. He also set his high school record for the fastest time in the 440-yard dash. He graduated from Daniel Webster High School in Tulsa in 1951. Fallis was offered a scholarship by legendary coach Bud Wilkinson to play football at the University of Oklahoma but turned it down to concentrate on his pursuit of a degree in Engineering.
While at OU he joined the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He was also a member of Sigma Tau, the honorary fraternity for engineers; Pi Epsilon Tau, the petroleum engineering honor society; and was in the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. He graduated from OU with a degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1955.
Fallis met the love of his life, Nola Sue Stokes, in Tulsa while they were both in high school. They were set up on a blind date by Fallis’ father, a high school teacher of Nola Sue. Nola Sue also attended OU where their courtship continued. They were married at the First Presbyterian Church in Duncan, Oklahoma, on December 28, 1954. Fallis and Nola Sue were married for 63 years until she preceded him in death on April 7, 2018.
Upon his graduation from OU, Fallis became an engineer for the Humble Oil and Refining Company (now ExxonMobil) and moved to Avoca, Texas. His employment with Humble was interrupted by a commitment to the United States Navy. He served as an officer with the rank of First Lieutenant and Gunnery officer on the USS Walworth County (LST-1164) for two years. After his honorable discharge in 1957, Fallis moved to Duncan to work with his father-in-law, Richard Stokes, at Stokes Transit-Mix.
During his long and successful career, Fallis expanded the original Stokes Transit-Mix concrete production from one plant in Duncan into a ready-mix concrete operation that spread throughout southwest Oklahoma. Companies that Fallis created were Atlas Concrete, Atlas-Tuck Concrete and Construction, Beall Trucking, and Chisholm Trail Concrete and Trucking. Atlas-Tuck expanded into heavy construction and was the contractor for many streets, highways, bridges and airport runways in southwest Oklahoma. Using his engineering background, Fallis was an innovator in originating and adopting new methods for concrete production and transportation of materials. Fallis was president of these concrete, trucking and construction operations until 2000, when his company merged with U.S. Concrete. Additionally, Fallis was a partner of concrete plant manufacturer Souther Equipment of Dallas, from 1975 to 1987. He was also involved in real estate development building residential subdivisions in the 1970’s and was the developer and a co-owner of the Elk Plaza Shopping Center and Carmike Cinema in Duncan. He took pleasure in his work and went to his office regularly until very recently.
During his business career, Fallis held several leadership positions to support his local community and the concrete industry. He served as director of the Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation, was a director of Duncan Savings and Loan, and was the president of the Oklahoma Ready-Mix Concrete Association for several years. He was also trustee of the Beta Theta Pi Corporation of Oklahoma for over 50 years and was the president of that corporation for several years.
Fallis, and Nola Sue, were loyal members of the First Presbyterian Church since their move to Duncan in 1957. Fallis became a deacon in the Presbyterian Church in 1973. Some of their closest friends were made through their association with the church.
The Bealls were both avid OU football fans and held season tickets for over 60 years. They went to all of the home games in Norman, to many away games, and most of the bowl games. Fallis also enjoyed traveling with his close friends, and spending time with his family and friends in Colorado, Florida and Hawaii.
Fallis is survived by his two children: Robert Beall and wife Shelley Campbell Beall, and daughter Leigh Beall Gathright; his brother Brutus Emmett Beall and wife Sandra. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Brent Gathright and wife Lisa; Allison Beall Chandler and husband Mark; Logan Beall and wife Megan; and Ty Gathright and wife Amanda; seven great-grandchildren; two nieces and one nephew.
A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Duncan, 704 West Ash, on Sunday, November 22, at 2:00 PM.
If desired, please consider a memorial charitable donation to the Nola Sue Beall Nursing Scholarship Fund at the Duncan Regional Hospital Health Foundation, P.O. Box 2000, Duncan, OK 73534, online at: drhhealthfoundation.org ; or the Oklahoma Education Fund (DEA) at Beta Theta Pi Foundation, P.O. Box 6277, Oxford, Ohio, 45056, online at: gift.beta.org/oklahoma .
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