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10/25/20 - NNHS Newsletter - Moss Beecroft

Morris Bryan Beecroft, Jr.
(08 May 1930 - 25 Apr 2020)

Woodberry Forest High School / Newport News High School Class of @ 1949

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 Another Typhoon legend has gone.   Moss Beecroft, Woodberry Forest HS / NNHS Class of June 1948, brother of Joanne Beecroft Hamilton, passed away in Hampton on Saturday, April 25, 2020 less than two weeks after his 89th birthday.

   Known not only as an outstanding athlete at NNHS, together with his Track and Field teammate, the late Bunky Bull (29 Apr 1931 - 16 Mar 2017), he founded Beecroft & Bull in Hilton Village as well as several other locations.

From the Daily Press - 10/25/20:

                        Morris B. "Moss" Beecroft, Jr.
          HAMPTON - Newport News native Morris Bryan "Moss" Beecroft, Jr., passed away peacefully this past spring after a long illness.

Moss was the son of Dr. Morris B. Beecroft, Sr., and Rosalind Muir Beecroft.

At Newport News High School he was a multi- sport star athlete, where in Track & Field he set the state pole vaulting record that held for over a decade.

After graduating college he was accepted at the University of Virginia Law School, but a chance meeting with a friend altered his destiny. They opened a small clothing store near the campus of Florida State University and was introduced to the beautiful Frances Carey of Jacksonville, an art student at FSU.

After her graduation they quickly married and moved to Newport News, and with fellow Newport News High "Typhoon," Bunky Bull, Beecroft & Bull, Ltd was born.

Moss Beecroft

After Bunky moved on, this dynamic duo opened other locations in Williamsburg, Va Beach, Norfolk, Richmond and Charlottesville, with three of those still in operation today. Along with sons Bryan and Craig, Beecroft & Bull shined and was named yearly to Esquire Magazine's list of the "Best Men's Stores in the Country". In addition, MR Magazine, an industry publication, tapped them for a Lifetime Achievement Award, and Moss would also become a proud member of the Old Friends Society, a "Who's Who" of industry leaders.

The legacy of Moss Beecroft doesn't end there. He was one of Virginia's great amateur golfers and competed successfully at the local, state and national levels. Highlights include Kenridge Invitational Champion in '67, Eastern Amateur Runner-Up in '70, Virginia Senior Amateur Champion 6 times, Virginia Senior Amateur Stroke Play Champion twice, Runner-Up in the US Senior Amateur in '91 and Low Amateur in the US Senior Open in '92, the same year he was ranked the #3 Senior Amateur in the nation. He was inducted into the Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame as well as the Quail Ridge Hall of Fame in Boynton Beach, FL. Most recently, was voted to the Class of 2021 of the VSGA Hall of Fame, his crowning achievement. Throughout his career, he built a reputation as a talented and fierce competitor with unwavering sportsmanship, matched only by his quick wit and smile.

Moss served as a Ranger in the US Army, was a Rotarian, a longtime member of Hidenwood Presbyterian Church and James River Country Club.

He is predeceased by his wife, Frances, and is survived by sons, Morris Bryan Beecroft, III and Robert Craig Beecroft; his wife, Noël; grandsons, Schuyler and Max; his sister, Joanne Hamilton and her sons, Matt and Mark.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Peninsula and Hampton Roads First Tee Chapters, and to the American Parkinson's Disease Foundation. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on October 25, 2020.

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October 25, 2020

Condolences to all family and friends.

~ Wayne Agee

   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mr. Beecroft's family, friends, and associates at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Servant of God, Well Done!

Words by Charles Wesley (28 Dec 1707 - 29 Mar 1788)

Music by George J. Elvey (27 Mar 1816 - 09 Dec 1893)

(The Methodist Hymnal, 1966, #288)

Wesley wrote this hymn in 1770 on the occasion of the death of clergyman George White.
Elvey's tune, "Diademata", has been set to several other hymns, notably "Crown Him with Many Thorns" and "Soldiers of Christ, Arise".

 Servant of God, well done!
Thy glorious warfare’s past;
The battle’s fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last.

With saints enthroned on high,
Thou dost thy Lord proclaim,
And still to God salvation cry,
Salvation to the Lamb!

O happy, happy soul!
In ecstasies of praise,
Long as eternal ages roll,
Thou seest Thy Savior’s face.

Redeemed from earth and pain,
Ah! when shall we ascend,
And all in Jesus’ presence reign
With our translated friend?

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