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The Venerable John Quintus Beckwith III

The Venerable John Quintus Beckwith III
  • August 20, 1932 - January 24, 2015
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • Memorials of thanksgiving may be made in Jack's name to:
  • Respite Care Ministries
    405 King Street
    Charelston, SC 29403

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“Jack has taught us both so much about love, acceptance, and life. We are so blessed by him and his influence. By far Jack is one of the most...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Janice & Gregg Lee - FL - Friends

“I never had the pleasure of meeting Rev. Beckwith, but have heard his name often in connection with The Patterson School, as he is the son-in-law of...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Janet Spoon - Lenoir, NC

“Betty,I am sorry to hear about your loss. I am praying for you and your family. Louise G. JacksonSpeech Therapist ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: - Goose Creek, SC

“My condolences to Beckwith family,Php 4:6 Do not be anxious over anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving let...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: A friend

“Betty,I am so sorry for your loss. I am thinking of you during this sad time. Diane Calvert Compton ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: A friend

“We enjoyed his sense of humor and all the stories he had to tell. We think of him fondly. He lived life and loved people of all ages. ”
6 of 11 | Posted by: Luann & Bill Parmelee - FL

“I am truly very sorry for your loss.JOHN 16:32. ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Henderson - Charlotte

“While I've not known Jack directly, I simply know of him through Bill Parmelee and his glorious recollections of his time with Jack and through the...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Ben Stewart - Wendell, NC

“Dear Betty, so sorry to hear this news. He will be greatly missed. Too many memories to go into detail but I will treasure them. Love to you and hope...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Marcia Spainhour - Hollywood, SC

“My prayers and condolences are for Jack's soul and for his family. I enjoyed serving with Jack many times as Lay Reader at St. Michael's.VZ ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: J. Addison Ingle, Jr. - SC

“My sympathy to the family In your loss. Tom Marchant, Verger Christ the King-Grace Pawleys Island, SC ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: Tom Marchant - Pawleys Island, SC

The Venerable John Q. Beckwith III (Jack)

The Venerable John Q. Beckwith III (Jack) died Saturday, January 24, 2015. He was a descendent of Charles Edmondson, one of the early settlers of Charleston and was also a cousin of The Rev. Cary Beckwith, former rector of St. Philip's Church. He was the son of The Rev. John Q. Beckwith, Jr. and Margaret Cantwell Beckwith. His father is a former rector of St. Luke and St. Paul's Cathedral Church in Charleston.

The friends of Jack and Betty are invited to attend the Celebration of his Life on Friday, January 30, 2015 at St. Michael's Church, Meeting and Broad Street at 11:00 am. Following the service there will be a reception in the Parish House.

Jack graduated from The College of Charleston in 1955. He began his ordained ministry more than 50 years ago following graduation from Virginia Seminary in 1958. His ministry included: Assistant, St. James, McClellanville and the Church of the Messiah, Georgetown, SC; Assistant to the Rector of Trinity Church, Columbia, SC; Rector of St. John's, Marion, NC; Rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd, now St. Thomas Church; Rector of St. Matthews Church, Darlington, SC; and Archdeacon of the Diocese of SC from 1984-1997. He officially retired in September 1997, but continued to serve as a Priest Associate at St. Michael's Church, Charleston and at Holy Cross, Sullivan's Island.

While on the Bishop's staff of the Diocese of SC, he cared for the missions, was the executive secretary of the Diocesan Convention, he served as secretary to the Commission on Ministry and to the Episcopal Diocesan Housing. He was registrar at the clergy conferences, clergy deployment officer and chair of the clergy officers for the Fourth province.

He also developed a leadership training program which was widely used in this Diocese and other Dioceses as well as by the School of Theology at Sewanee, TN. He was known as priest, teacher, horticulturist, friend and mentor to many clergy in the Diocese of SC.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Betty, and their three children, John Q. Beckwith IV and his wife Lauren and their son Brandon Partrick of Lithia, FL; George W. Beckwith and his wife Pam of Charlotte, NC; and Mary Elizabeth Beckwith and her daughter Margaret L. Whitfield and her husband, Andy Whitfield. He is also survived by his two sisters Ann Beckwith of Sumter, SC and Catherine B. Feldman and her husband George.

Memorials of thanksgiving may be made in Jack's name to Respite Care Charleston, 405 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403, an organization which provides several years of enjoyable respite day care for Jack and has support groups for family caregivers of those with Alzheimer's disease.

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