Melvin K. Beckham, 54, of Hendersonville, died Tuesday, April 7, 2009, peacefully at home.
Born August 3, 1954 in Darlington County, he was the son of Gladys Tedder Beckham of Darlington, SC and the late Paul H. Beckham. Melvin graduated from St. Johnís High School in 1972 and went to work as a press machine operator and then moved to Asheville to work for Clark Communication. He collected Woodpecker gas engines and enjoyed collecting and riding Cushman and Harley Davidson motorcycles. Melvin was a member of the Mid Carolina Antique Cushman Club. He was an avid music fan and lover the Grateful Dead and Goose Creek Symphony, attending many of their concerts.
His friends in North Carolina will miss him and Melvin cherished his friendships with Larry, Ching and Zack Hardin, Charles, Ruth, Grant ìBuckîand Louise Pace, Nina Cantrell, Bill and Linda Starkey, Robert and Dee White, Joe and Linda Britton, the late Frank Bradley, Thelma ìPuffî, Shane and Becky Bradley.
He is survived by his mother; two brothers, Mike (Gayle) Beckham and Ted Beckham, all of Darlington, SC; his niece, Ashton Tedder Beckham and his faithful K-9 companion, BoBo.
A memorial service will be held Monday, April 13, 2009, at 6:30 p.m. in the chapel at Forest Lawn Mortuary. Rev. Dan Blackwell will be officiating. The family will receive friends beginning at 6:00 p.m. Guests may sign a register book at www.forestlawnhendersonville.com.
Memorials may be made to Henderson County Humane Society, 88 Centipede Lane, Hendersonville, NC 28792 or Four Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care, 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.
Forest Lawn Mortuary is assisting the family with the arrangements.