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Celebrating the life of

Rebecca B. Heckard

Passed away on December 14, 2019

Rebecca B. Heckard

Rebecca Beamer Heckard died peacefully in Savannah, Georgia on Saturday, December 14, 2019.   Rebecca was born in Mount Airy, NC on January 1, 1924. She was the personification of grace and elegance and all who knew and loved her admired her talent, intelligence, strength and wit.

Rebecca was blessed with a gift for music and a love of all things beautiful. In her youth, she became a member of the First Baptist Church where she sang with the church choir, frequently as a soloist. While in college she sang with the College Traveling Choir.

After graduating from Limestone College, Gaffney, SC, in 1946, Rebecca taught Biology and Chemistry at Limestone College and at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA. She later studied Medical Technology at Bowman Gray Medical School, Winston Salem, NC, and was certified in 1952. She worked as a Medical Technologist at Fort Jackson, SC; Bowman Gray Hospital, Winston Salem, NC; and Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington DC.

In 1945 Becky married then 2nd Lt. Floyd L. Heckard, Infantry, who had just returned home from combat in Germany, beginning a 64 year journey of love, service, and adventure. They spent their early years together serving small churches in the South, he as a Methodist Minister and she often in the role of organist and altar flower arranger extraordinaire. After Floyd reentered military service as a Chaplain in 1951, she accompanied him to various stations in the United States and three tours of duty in Germany. During these assignments she devoted considerable time to promoting the welfare of the military personnel and their families. She was instrumental in the development of the Army Community Service at Heidelberg, Germany in 1962 and at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC in 1965. She worked with the Red Cross and was President of the Officers Wives Club at Walter Reed Army Medical Center; the Heidelberg Medical Wives Club; the Army Chaplain Wives Club; and the Army, Navy, and Air Force Wives Club in Washington, DC. Her love of music carried throughout her life; she served as Organist for various religious services in the military as well as at the US Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home in Washington, DC.

While in Germany, Rebecca and Floyd began a passionate pursuit of travel and exploration. Their retirement was defined in large part by extensive travel throughout the US and around the world including Europe, South America, Africa, Russia, Turkey, the Holy Lands, and most other points along the way. They enjoyed taking in the beauty of the US, traveling by air and by car to see Yosemite, the blue bells of Texas, and the Fall colors of New England, while always visiting friends and family along the way. In later years, Rebecca enjoyed saying that they had seen every place in the world that they wanted to see and so were starting over again.

Retiring to Savannah with Floyd in 1989, Rebecca joined Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church where she was active in the United Methodist Women’s organization and the Alter Guild. She was also active in the PEO and served two terms as President of the Ardsley Park Garden Club.

Rebecca was predeceased by her husband, Floyd, and by her two sisters, Virginia and Nancy Lee. She will be fondly remembered by her nieces, great-nieces and great-nephews, and many friends.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, December 19, 2019 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel with Rev. Dr. Ben Martin officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Beaufort National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers it is requested that donations be made to the Wesley Gardens Fund at Wesley Monumental UM Church.

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I am deeply saddened to learn of Aunt Becky’s death and regret not knowing about the passing of a truly gracious southern lady. I know that she and Uncle Floyd are happy to be together again, as he was the love of her life. Rest peacefully sweet lady.

- Ida Heckard Moyer , Asheboro, NC


I was MRS. Rebecca weekend caregiver we had some Good Night together she talked about her husband and her parents she will be missed dearly

- Patricia Clowney , Savannah , Ga


A fitting tribute to a lovely lady. I looked forward to seeing her at PEO meetings.

- Ruth Kleber, Pooler, GA


My parents, Jim and Jane Lyon, lived adjacent to Floyd and Becky in Savannah until their deaths. They are interred in same cemetery, and we will honor them also when we visit Jane and Jim. Becky was indeed the lovely woman described. Condolences. Kate Lyon Kastner

- Kate and Peter Kastner, Savannah, Ga


I had the pleasure of knowing both Becky and Floyd. She was truly a very spiritual southern lady. I spent hours talking with both of them and enjoyed every word and every story. If everyone could have her charm, kindness, and love of people this world would be a wonderful place. Peace to both of you in heaven.

- Beverly Vasta, RN, Savannah, Ga


I am deeply saddened to learn of Aunt Becky’s death and regret not knowing about the passing of a truly gracious southern lady. I know that she and Uncle Floyd are happy to be together again, as he was the love of her life. Rest peacefully sweet lady.

- Ida Heckard Moyer , Asheboro, NC


A candle has been lit!

- Patricia Clowney , Georg


I was MRS. Rebecca weekend caregiver we had some Good Night together she talked about her husband and her parents she will be missed dearly

- Patricia Clowney , Savannah , Ga


A fitting tribute to a lovely lady. I looked forward to seeing her at PEO meetings.

- Ruth Kleber, Pooler, GA


A candle has been lit!

- Mr and mrs James H Lyon , Georg


My parents, Jim and Jane Lyon, lived adjacent to Floyd and Becky in Savannah until their deaths. They are interred in same cemetery, and we will honor them also when we visit Jane and Jim. Becky was indeed the lovely woman described. Condolences. Kate Lyon Kastner

- Kate and Peter Kastner, Savannah, Ga


I had the pleasure of knowing both Becky and Floyd. She was truly a very spiritual southern lady. I spent hours talking with both of them and enjoyed every word and every story. If everyone could have her charm, kindness, and love of people this world would be a wonderful place. Peace to both of you in heaven.

- Beverly Vasta, RN, Savannah, Ga


Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200