Community remembers Lucy Beckham a "vibrant, meaningful, inspiring leader"

VIDEO: Community remembers Lucy Beckham a "vibrant, meaningful, inspiring leader"

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Hundreds gathered on Saturday morning for longtime Wando High School principal, Lucy Beckham's funeral.

The service was at her home church, Mount Pleasant Presbyterian.

Family, friends, students and the community came out to honor Ms. Beckham.

As family members and friends reminisced about some of their favorite memories of Beckham, the church rang with laughs and filled with smiles as they remembered the dedicated leader with her "unique delightful wit."

There were also tears shed as the community said their goodbyes to the beloved leader, mother, grandmother, and "good and faithful servant."

Many described her as one of kind and some say she's the greatest leader they've known. They say her power and influence came because she was always inspiring and encouraging those around her, especially students.

"I found Ms. Beckham to be a wonderful lady to work for and to help us as teachers and she always put students number one," says former Wando teacher, Bill Anderson.

Anderson crossed paths with Beckham just one week ago.

"She said you look great I said you look great too, it was just wonderful to see her again, she seemed to be in good spirits and she was always so positive and uplifting," says Anderson.

Michael Sautter is a family friend of more than 30 years.

"She was the leader of the family and they all looked to her for leadership," says Sautter. "One time the power went out their Isle of Palms house and she immediately took charge and told everyone not to panic and keep calm, they just had so much respect for her."

Sautter's kids went to school under Beckham's leadership.

"She was very tough and there was very strict rules, but very fair as well," says Sautter. "If there was a problem she would be the first one to address it with you."

People say that's what made her students better, that push, that unconditional love. She initiated a Dreamweavers Fund at Wando, providing assistance for students in need.

Lester Chou grew up with Beckham's son, they've been friends since middle school. He says she's like a second mother to him.

"She loved the students, just as much as the people, like me, like her son, it was all about the students and she made a huge impact," says Chou. "She's going to missed by people who loved her and also the community."

People who knew her say she always sought to provide better opportunities for students and had their best interest at heart.

Students from the school say they've been sharing their happy memories of Beckham. They say it's what she would want, to remember the happy times and celebrate her life.

After the funeral, the family gathered for a private burial.

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