Burch Beckum (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Rev. Rufus Burch Beckum, age 92, died Friday, January 23, 2009 in the Jefferson County Hospital after a lengthy illness. A native of Louisville, Rev. Beckum was a son of the late Robert Burch & Sally Mae Mullings Beckum. He had pastored several Methodist churches throughout southeast Georgia and had served as District Lay Leader, Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School Teacher and was former Director of (MYF) Methodist Youth Fellowship. He was a member of Louisville United Methodist Church and retired after many years of service as a furniture salesman. Rev. Beckum was preceded in death by his parents, and 7 siblings, Nellie B. Henderson, Eula B. Kitchens, Leonard Beckum, Darley Beckum, Sam Beckum, Bascom Beckum and William Beckum and is survived by wife of 67 years, Florine Willing Beckum of Louisville; daughter & son-in-law, Linda & Don Allen of Louisville; sons & daughters-in-law, Gerald & Linda Beckum of Oglethorpe, Ga., Rev. Robert & Mary Pat Beckum of Americus, Ga.; sister, Emily B. Mogan of Louisville; 2 grandsons; 2 granddaughters; 1 great-granddaughter; and several nieces & nephews. Services will be held 2:00 Monday January 26, 2009 in the Louisville United Methodist Church, with Rev. Ronnie Register & Rev. David Hibberts officiating. Burial will be in the Louisville city cemetery. In lieu of flowers those desiring make contributions to the Louisville United Methodist Church at 309 West 7th Street, Louisville, GA 30434. The Beckum family will be at the residence 837 Mimosa Drive in Louisville, and will receive friends Monday from 1:00 until 2:00 PM at the Church. Taylor Funeral Home, 401 W. 8th St., Louisville, is in charge of arrangements. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle-January 25, 2009