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Beecher Richard Helms

October 14, 1943 ~ February 21, 2024 (age 80) 80 Years Old

Beecher Helms Obituary

Beecher Richard Helms, known affectionately as Dick to his friends, passed away peacefully from natural causes on February 21, 2024, at the age of 80. Born on October 14, 1943, in Gastonia, NC, to Henry Helms and Syble Adams, Dick led a life marked by dedication to his country, love for his family, and a passion for the great outdoors.

Dick's early life in Gastonia laid the foundation for a man of strong character and commitment with a deep sense of duty and service. This calling led him to a distinguished career in the United States Air Force, where he served with honor and distinction for 30 years. Dick achieved the rank of Chief Master Sergeant, a testament to his leadership and dedication. His service included tours of duty in the Vietnam Conflict and Operation Desert Storm. Throughout his career, Dick was stationed at various Air Force bases in the United States and had overseas postings in the Philippines and South Korea.

After retiring from the Air Force, Dick continued to serve his fellow veterans as a DAV Veteran Service Officer. In this role, he assisted other veterans and acted as a veteran’s benefits advocate, further demonstrating his lifelong commitment to service and community.

Dick's first marriage to Lee Helms blessed him with three children: David (Stephanie) Helms, Katherine (Kenny) Testa, and Cynthia Helms (deceased), and 2 grandchildren: Joseph Edwards and Jamie Edwards. His second marriage to Janice Helms brought him continued joy and companionship. An avid outdoorsman, Dick cherished the moments he spent hunting and fishing, embracing the tranquility and beauty of nature.

Dick is survived by his loving wife, Janice, his son David, his daughter Katherine, and a legacy of service and love that will forever be remembered by those who knew him. He was predeceased by his first wife, Lee Helms, and his daughter Cynthia Helms.

A graveside service will be held Monday, February 26, 2024 at 1pm with full military honors at Florence National Cemetery in Florence, SC to honor Dick's life and legacy. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a veterans' charity of your choice, reflecting Dick's lifelong dedication to supporting his fellow servicemen and women. The family invites you to a luncheon following the service at the Golden Coral Restaurant at 2510 David H. McLeod Blvd., Florence, SC at 2:00 pm.

Dick's life story is one of dedication, love, and service. His memory will live on in the hearts of his family, friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing him.

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Graveside Service
February 26, 2024

1:00 PM
Florence National Cemetery
803 E National Cemetery Rd
Florence, SC 29506


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