Bec-Wood Hills was built by a one-of-a-kind character named Charlie Becca.
A native of Bellaire, and later Martins Ferry, Charlie grew up one of 10 children to Austrian-Hungarian immigrants during the Great Depression. After a great run on the Martins Ferry Purple Rider football team, along with Lou Groza, Charlie joined the Army. He was a paratrooper in World War II, fighting in the Phillipines and other places in the South Pacific. Returning home, Charlie went to WVU and played Mountaineer football. He played in the Sun Bowl in El Paso Texas in 1949. He then started playing baseball with area farm teams.
One summer, playing in Butler Pennsylvania, he happened to run into a tiny little woman named Joyce Gilman. They ended up married, back in the Ohio Valley, and Charlie started teaching and coaching. Charlie earned further football honors at Brilliant High School, with two 8-1 seasons back to back. (And from Charlie’s perspective, both those losses were wins in his mind!) But Charlie got tired of teaching over the years, and got a little idea in his head as to how he would improve the family’s future.
The story goes like this. Charlie came home from football practice one day in late September of 1961. He sat down to dinner and when Joyce inquired as to how his day was, he answered, “Well, I went out today and I signed the papers on a mortgage on an old farm. I am going to build a golf course.”
Charlie was always full of surprises. Fourty-four years later we are still here. Charlie has gone to that great Texas Hold ‘Em game in the sky, but Joyce, and the Becca children John, Tim, and Ruth, along with their staff are still keeping things green!
Thanks for reading our history. Hit ‘em straight!