Pamela English Beckham went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 10, 2019.
Memorial services will be at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at First Baptist Church in Amarillo, TX. Burial will be in Claude at 10:30 a.m. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Pamela Sue English was born June 28, 1949 at St. Anthony’s Hospital to J.P. and Earlene English. She was raised in Claude, TX just east of town on the family farm. She studied piano in Amarillo and was a very accomplished pianist. In the seventh grade, she joined the Claude Band as a clarinetist and later became a twirler for the marching band.
There were no boys in the English family, so at age 13, Pamela went to the wheat fields to help her grandfather, Troy Vance, on his farm. Pam learned to drive tractors, repair engines and to haul wheat to the elevators in Claude and Conway during wheat harvest. She rode horses, milked a cow and gathered eggs as part of her farm life.
Pamela graduated from Claude High School as salutatorian in 1967 and entered Texas Tech as a chemistry major. Majoring in chemistry proved to be a challenge as Claude had no chemistry lab. When Pam attended her first college chemistry lab, she had only seen pictures of the lab equipment and read how to use the apparatus. She spent the first several months attending extra labs each week to learn how to use the lab equipment.
In the fall of 1967, Pamela pledge Chi Omega sorority at Tech. The start of her second semester at Tech, January 1968, she was inducted into the freshman honor society as a result of her outstanding academic record. She was thereafter elected president of the society by her peers. The same semester, she pledged Tau Beta Sigma, the Tech Band service sorority. At a mixer for the band fraternity and sorority, Pamela met James Beckham who would become her husband. In 1969, Pamela was asked to become a member of the Texas Tech President’s Hostesses. This group of young women represented the college (now university) by handling all official college functions and hosting dignitaries at football games. In 1969, Pamela became President of the group and worked with the Governor of Texas and President Lyndon Johnson in her hostess capacity.
Pamela and James dated for 3 ½ years until her graduation in 1971 with a pre-med degree and math minor, Magna Cum Laude. James completed his Master of Music degree at the same time and the couple married July 24, 1971 at First Baptist Church, Claude.
Pamela taught one year at Mackenzie Junior High School in Lubbock, TX, then the couple moved to Ogden, Utah where James had a position teaching Music at Weber State University. Pamela applied for teaching positions in two districts and received two job offers immediately. She taught science and math one year in Clearfield, Utah and three years in Bountiful, Utah. Upon the Beckhams’ return to Texas in 1976, Pamela taught math and science one year at Amarillo High School before joining James in the family business.
From 1977 to the present, Pamela was actively involved in the family electronics businesses including Muzak, Audio-Video Corporation (A-V Corp), A-1 Communications and A-V I Corp. She managed the family ranches outside of Clayton, New Mexico. She loved working with cattle and being on horseback in all kinds of weather.
In 1980, Jamie Beckham was born and Sarah Beckham joined the family in 1983. Jamie and Sarah were the light of Pamela’s life and she was so proud of who her daughters are and what wonderful women and mothers they have become. Sarah and Jamie have blessed the Beckhams with five grandsons ranging in age from two to thirteen years of age. Pamela was never happier than when playing basketball with a grandson or sitting in the floor playing with her toddler grandson.
Pamela and James loved travel and exploring places most tourists do not visit. They hiked the Hadrian’s Wall Path for six days across northern Britain; hiked across the Ring of Kerry for six days in Ireland and trekked parts of the Appalachian and Long Trails in Vermont all with their hiking partners Pam and Dan Coffey. The pair attended Oxford University, lived on the economy during their numerous trips to Europe and traveled much of the Continental US.
Pamela and James joined First Baptist Church in 1976 and Pamela was active until her death. She was a much respected and loved Sunday School teacher. Pamela was an outstanding Bible scholar and gifted Bible teacher. She taught singles at First Baptist for twelve years and couples classes ever since. She was a shining light in the choir loft with her radiant smile and obvious love of worship with her friends at First Baptist. She loved going to Mexico during Spring Break with students from First Baptist and yearned to be in Mexico with the team in 2019, but the Lord had other plans.
Pamela was preceded in death by her parents, J.P. and Earlene English.
She is survived by her husband, James Beckham, two daughters, Jamie Beckham George and husband Christopher, Sarah Beckham-Turner and husband Brent. She is also survived by five grandsons, Flint, Jackson, Quay, Blake and James, her sister Lynette and nephew Andrew Villa, and a host of close friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mexico Mission Trip at First Baptist Church of Amarillo.
The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at the funeral home.