|Birth: ||Sep. 20, 1934|
|Death: ||Aug. 12, 2012|
Hervey Edgar "Herb" Beckham
Augusta, GA – Entered into rest Sunday, August 12, 2012, Mr. Hervey Edgar (Herb) Beckham, 77, husband to Mrs. Judy Anne Roberson Beckham.
Mr. Beckham was born in Hartsville, SC on September 20, 1934 to Paul Thurlow Beckham and Leona Culp Beckham. He graduated from St. Johns High School in Darlington, SC in 1951. He attended Spartanburg Junior College on a basketball scholarship and then he attended John Marshall Law School in Atlanta, GA from 1961 until 1962. In 1961 he married Judy Anne Roberson. Mr. Beckham was a member of the Dekalb County Jaycees and the Augusta Jaycees from 1962 until 1964. He served in the National Guard and the US Navy. Mr. Beckham served on the Richmond County Board of Education and the County Commission as President in 1989. He was very proud to serve as an elected Republican and especially to be the first County Commissioner that represented West Augusta. Mr. Beckham also served on the Board at University Hospital as the County Commission representative and on the Richmond County Health Department in 1989. He was a nationally ranked Table Tennis player. He was inducted into the Southern Table Tennis Hall of Fame in 2000. He also won many awards and was the Senior Men's Champion of the 1999 Georgia Games. He loved golf and spent many happy hours at "the Patch". Mr. Beckham once got a hole-in-one at Belle Meade Golf Course. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and the love of Judy's life. Mr. Beckham was most known for his wit, he loved to give nicknames to his family and friends. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Family members in addition to his wife include his daughters: Tracy Meehan, Cathy Harper, Merry Beckham and Dr. Amy Bunk and grandchildren: Leslie Meehan, Weston Meehan, Bryce Meehan, Will Harper, Tara Harper and Clara Bunk and brother Robert C. "Bob" Beckham and wife Susan and many nieces, nephews and extended family.
A visitation will be held Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 4:00 P.M. with a celebration of life service at 5:00 P.M. at Saint Mark United Methodist Church with Dr. Charles Broome officiating.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to Saint Mark United Methodist Church, the Augusta Chapter of the Parkinson's Association or to the Augusta Chapter of the Heart Association.
Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484. Please sign the guestbook at www.thomaspoteet.com
Herb Beckham, a former Richmond County commissioner and school board member known for his conservative politics and witty personality, died Sunday. He was 77.
Beckham served on the county commission from 1987 to 1992 and was its chairman in 1989, according to The Augusta Chronicle archives.
"He was a true conservative. He was representative of his district," said Lee Neel, a former commissioner who served with Beckham. "He kept us laughing and kept us on track."
Beckham gained the seat after an upset victory in his west Augusta district, running as the underdog against Mayor Charles A. DeVaney's brother-in-law, Barry Norton.
Beckham also served on the Richmond County Board of Education and was instrumental in the 1983 ousting of Superintendent William Oellerich.
He negotiated a deal with three black school board members that enabled A.K. Hasan to become the first black president of the board if they agreed to force out the superintendent, who was disliked for his advocacy of school busing, according to news accounts.
"Herb was the type of person that said what he thought and did what he said," said his older brother, Bob Beckham.
Herb Beckham vacated his county commission seat early in 1992 for a state Senate run. He lost to Don Cheeks and reduced much of his political involvement afterward.
Beckham was the youngest of eight children. He and his wife, Judy, had four children and seven grandchildren.
He graduated from Spartanburg Junior College before working for Texaco in Atlanta and moving to Augusta, where he operated the Red Lion Texaco station on Walton Way.
Beckham was the vice president of Beckham Petroleum Co. from 1971 to 1994, when the company, owned by his brother Bob, was sold.
Beckham was also an avid golfer and a national table tennis champion. He learned to play while stationed in Japan with the Navy, his brother said.
Last week, the commission voted to name Fire Station No. 10 on Alexander Drive for Beckham.
Visitation with the family will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at St. Mark United Methodist Church, 2367 Washington Road, followed by a 5 p.m. funeral, said his daughter Tracy Meehan. Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors is handling arrangements.
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Created by: Bill Waters
Record added: Aug 13, 2012
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