Funeral services for Evelyn Thompson Beckham, 77 of Swainsboro, were held Monday, February 28, 2022 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Chapman Funeral Home with Reverend Roger Holley officiating. The family received friends Monday, February 28, 2022 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Chapman Funeral Home. She passed away Friday, February 25, 2022 at Emanuel County Nursing Home following an extended illness.
Mrs. Evelyn Thompson Beckham was born June 8, 1944 in Covena to the late Guyton Thompson and Callie Wilkes Thompson. She was the youngest daughter of 10 children. As a teenager, she would go dancing as often as she could, and she enjoyed dancing well into her senior years. She married the love of her life, James, on March 28, 1964, and the couple welcomed their only child, Brian, a year later. During her husband’s 20+ years in the U.S. Army, they traveled extensively. Of all the places they were stationed, Germany was one of her favorites. During the three years spent there, Mrs. Beckham made many friends and wonderful memories. She spoke often of wanting to return. She loved her family with all of her heart and looked forward to the yearly family reunions and many cookouts over the years. Her only granddaughter, Callie, stole her heart. After James retired, they eventually settled in Wrightsville. She worked for BC Moore’s in Swainsboro until retirement. Mrs. Beckham enjoyed gardening, taking care of her flowers, and took great pride in her yard and worked diligently at it. She lived a wonderful, fulfilling life. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Beckham; brothers, Hubert Thompson, Billy Thompson, and Guyton Thompson Jr.; and sisters, Helen Paris, Sara Ellen Durden, Sara Love, Clyde Canady, and Marveline Younkers.
Survivors include her son, James Brian Beckham (Regina) of Statesboro; sister, Dessie Hostilo of Columbia, South Carolina; granddaughter, Callie Breanna Beckham; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Thompson and Gail Thompson, both of Nunez; and several nieces, nephews, and friends.
Pallbearers were Ricky Thompson, Lynn Thompson, Keith Thompson, Tim Thompson, Justin Thompson, and Greg Riner. Honorary pallbearers were Joey Selph, Jamie Canady, and Mark Canady.
Chapman Funeral Home of Swainsboro was in charge of arrangements.