B Wise with Your Time

“B” Wise with Your Time
 (for Herman Samuel “B” Beck, Jr.)

There is a clock above Town Hall
Near the old B&O station in Mt. Airy,
Dependable, accurate, useful and true,
Named after Herman Samuel “B” Beck, Jr.

Mr. Beck, author of the Mt. Airy B&O Story,
1936 graduate of Mt. Airy High School,
WWII radioman with the Army Air Corps
In the European Theater of Operations,
“B” columnist of the Mt. Airy News
Of the “Way We Were” column,
Member of the Mt. Airy Town Council,
Manager Coach of the Mt. Airy Little League,
Promoted citizenship as a Member, President
   And District Governor of the Lions.
All this and more he did
While also being a good provider,
Loving husband, father and grandfather.
He knew something of the importance
Of time and how it must be used.

This clock, now named for him,
Will continue to contribute
To the Citizens of Mt. Airy
As he did in a life of service
To us here below, while he smiles
Conducting a timeless train above.
His clock points to us to let us know
We can join him sometime later
After it has turned all its earthly spins.

When you look at this clock,
Remember what it says:
For this is the Mt. Airy
Herman Samuel “B” Beck, Jr. clock,
It tells MORE than time.
Like him, it says:
“B” wise, and use your time
As wisely as I did
When I was a Citizen of Mt. Airy.”

Bruce Curley
January 29, 2012

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