James "Jim" Beckham

Died: Wed., Jun. 12, 2019


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Jun. 14, 2019
Location: Vidalia Chapel

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Jun. 15, 2019
Location: Vidalia First Baptist Church

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Mr. James “Jim” Beckham, age 67, of Vidalia died Wednesday, June 12, 2019 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.


Jim was a graduate of Fletcher High School in Neptune Beach, Florida in 1971, where he was the high school drum major. After high school, Jim joined the United States Army and attended the Army/Navy School of Music and graduated top of his class. He was an army percussionist stationed in Panama and he played all over South America. He became an air traffic control specialist when he served in Germany and at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah where he was tower chief. After serving for 8 years in the United States Army, he moved to Vidalia where he helped run his family business, Brown’s Jewelry and later opened a new branch in Lyons. Jim later became an EMT, a paramedic, and a Registered Nurse and he currently worked in the Cath Lab at East Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro. He was a member of Vidalia First Baptist Church where he served in many capacities for over 34 years. He helped, served, mentored and taught many people as he was a moral compass and he always chose to do the morally correct thing.


Jim is preceded in death by his father, Otto Fulton Beckham Jr.


Jim is survived by his wife of 33 years, Cindy Beckham of Vidalia; his mother, Ruby Jo Beckham of Vidalia; one daughter, Jennie Farrow (Gatlin) of Kite; one brother, Robert Beckham (Lilia) of Jacksonville FL; four grandchildren, Eason, Lexi, Cash, and Gatson; and one grandson due in November. Three nieces, Silke, Nadine and Nicole of Germany; his mother in law, Virginia Colston of Kite; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.


Funeral Services for Mr. James “Jim” Beckham will be held Saturday morning, June 15, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Vidalia First Baptist Church with Reverend Don Moye officiating. Interment will follow in Pinecrest City Cemetery with military honors. The family will receive friends for visitation at the funeral home on Friday evening from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM.


Flowers are accepted and memorial contributions may be made in his name to Gideons International, PO Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800.

Stewart-Rosier Funeral Service Vidalia Chapel is in charge of funeral arrangements.

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Nita Thigpen
   Posted Thu June 13, 2019
So sorry to hear about Mr. Jim.
May God Bless and be with your family.

Connie James Brown & Bobby Coe
   Posted Thu June 13, 2019
So sorry for your loss.

Peggy Lawrence
   Posted Thu June 13, 2019
Cindy and family my heart aches for your great loss. I remember going with Jim as a four person mission trip to Russia. He was always ready to help, with witty comments along the way. He always appeared upbeat and so aware of everything in his environment. I will personally miss him and I know you have suffered a great loss. Keeping you in my prayers.

Wayne and Kathy Davis
   Posted Thu June 13, 2019
We were so sorry to hear about Jim Beckham passing away. Our condolences go out to the families and God Bless You All.

Bob and Ruth Garner
   Posted Thu June 13, 2019
We will always remember Jim as a kind and very thoughtful person. He was always quick with a smile and a laugh. Cindy and Jennie, you will be in our prayers.

Becky Van Dyke
   Posted Thu June 13, 2019
My prayers are with you and the family. Jim was a special man. His dry sense of humor and witty nature will always be remembered. He was a very
thoughtful person and had such a giving heart. I know he loved you very much. His musical talent wass so special and outstanding. Thank you for always sharing him with us. Love you!

JaLayne Coleman
   Posted Thu June 13, 2019
Cindy and Jennie,

I am so sorry for your loss. I am sending you both love and prayers!

Tim and Rita Roose
   Posted Thu June 13, 2019
Cindy and family, we are so sorry to hear about Jim. Tim remembers when he took care of his parents and how kind he was to them. I loved seeing him at the dental office, he always was smiling and had an upbeat attitude. My heart aches for you all. I pray for comfort and peace for you all. He was a wonderful, sweet man. Rita and Tim

Tonya Eagle
   Posted Thu June 13, 2019
There are no words that I can say or type that truly describe how devastatingly tragic this is. Cindy, my heart truly hurts for you, Eason, Lexie and the rest of your family. Jim was so full of life. His heart was beautiful in the love he had for the Lord, you, the kids, his mom and the rest of his family. He was quite often a beacon of light for his work-family on long, hard days. He always made us laugh with his witty humor and corny jokes. I will forever miss his smiling face and his big heart. He has left a tremendous void in our Cath Lab Family that no one will ever be able to fill. Please know that you, the kids and the rest of the family are in my thoughts and prayers today and the days to come.

Tonya Eagle
   Posted Thu June 13, 2019

HOPE AND HONOR CROSS STANDING EASEL was sent by EGRMC Cardiac Cath Lab Family.

Jim will forever be in our hearts! With much love from EGRMC Cardiac Cath Lab Family

Belinda jernigan
   Posted Thu June 13, 2019
I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Beckham. I had the pleasure of meeting him when I had a heart cath done. He was so friendly and made everyone that day feel at ease. He was happy man. You could tell he loved his job. I know he will be greatly missed. Praying for you

Marshia Pierce
   Posted Thu June 13, 2019
Cindy, our hearts break with yours over the loss of our dear friend. Our community is a richer place because of Jim's influence. His sense of humor and compassionate nature have encouraged me for many years. Know that I pray for you, Lexie, Eason, and Jennie. I love you.

joyce lariscy
   Posted Fri June 14, 2019
to the family of Jim. he was a very great person. I used to work with Jim at EGMRC. I also was a patient of Jims. He made everybody's day with jokes and laughter. He will be missed. sorry for your loss .

Anna Anderson
   Posted Fri June 14, 2019
Cindy, our thought and prayers are with you and your family.

Sue Rustin Grisham
   Posted Fri June 14, 2019
Dearest Cindy, I am so sorry for your great loss. You are such a lovely lady and I know Jim was blessed to be your husband. Focus on your many happy times for comfort. God be with you all is my prayer. Love you, Ms. Sue

Mary Tootle
   Posted Fri June 14, 2019
Jim always had a friendly Hello with your name attached and then a joke for you. He was genuine and always showed you "happy" - one of his many gifts. He has left a huge hole which cannot be filled. I knew him from EGRMC as a fellow employee and he was my husband's nurse when he had a heart cath done several years ago. He was professional yet personable and explained everything that was going to happen. He was talented in making his patients feel at ease. My sincere condolences.

Toni Banks
   Posted Fri June 14, 2019
I was so sorry to hear about Mr. Jim. My thoughts and prayers are with you all! He will certainly be missed by many.

   Posted Fri June 14, 2019
Cindy and family , mom and I were deeply saddened to learn of Mr. Jim's passing. Mom and I are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you peace, comfort , grace and strength. Mr. Jim was always so kind and giving to others. He epitomized a Godly man. He made the lives of others better. Heaven has gained an angel. Love and prayers to all of you.

Wayne and Kathy Davis
   Posted Sat June 15, 2019
Were so sorry to hear about Jim Beckham passing away Our condolences go out to Cindy and the families. MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL

Jonathan Holland
   Posted Sat June 15, 2019
I am so sorry to hear about Jim. We went through paramedic school together, and always considered him one of my medic brothers. He will be greatly missed by all that new him. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the family and friends..

Deanna Floyd
   Posted Mon June 17, 2019
Cindy, Jennie, Virginia, Danny, Hugh, and family,
I am so very sorry for loss. What a wonderful man, husband, and father he was. So happy you have all those beautiful memories of him. Jennie is beautiful and Cindy, your grandchildren are so precious. We love all of you and share our deepest sympathy.
Deanna Floyd

Sandy Bridges Panella
   Posted Sat October 31, 2020
Jim’s Family....I’m so sorry to read about Jim’s passing. My family knew him in the Canal Zone. He spent a lot of time at our house and we were all part of The Good News Singers. If you’re ever interested in some memories or pictures (including him!) feel free to contact me. I would love to share them with you! I loved to ride on his motorcycle with him even tho I wasn’t allowed! I could easily argue with him....he was like a big brother to me. I wish we’d been able to find your family while he was alive to join our reunions. It was certainly a special time and place! I hoped you’ve been comforted by the God we all love.

Faye Campbell Yentz
   Posted Sun November 01, 2020
I'm so sorry to learn Jim passed away last year. We went to the same church, First Baptist Church of Balboa, when he was stationed in Panama in 1972. Several of us from the Good News Singers, of which he was also a part, had tried to locate him over the years, but were never able to do so. He was a great guy, and I'll never forget his blue Chevy Nova. My condolences on his loss, but will look forward with you to seeing him again soon!

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