Services announced for Beck

Published 2:44pm Thursday, November 24, 2011

Charlotte Elizabeth Beck, 92, died Nov. 22, 2011 at Warren Manor. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25 at Lawrence Brown Service Funeral Home. A graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 at New Live Oak Cemetery with The Rev. Fred Zeigler of Church Street United Methodist Church officiating.

Mrs. Beck was born May 28, 1919 in Kessel, Germany, the daughter of Anna Elizabeth Schuchardt. The city was 85 percent destroyed by aerial fire bombing during World War II and five of her immediate family members were killed. Only six weeks before the first of her three children were born she took refuge in the cellar of her home that was destroyed in the war.

In 1948, at the age of 29, she came to America and became a naturalized citizen, living first in Thomasville and later in Selma where she was a Ceramics director. Mrs. Beck also spent much of her time teaching ceramics and arts and crafts to patients at the local mental health center.

In her later years she often visited family in Germany, always taking with her a Selma memento from then Mayor Joe T. Smitherman and usually returning with a souvenir for him from the elected official of her former German home.

She was an active member of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, an interest she said stemmed from the loss of an aunt who was killed in Nazi Germany after having a nervous breakdown.

Mrs. Beck was also chaplain of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Women’s Auxiliary and a volunteer at Selma City Ceramics.

She is survived by three sons, Pete Schuchardt (Ruth), Robert Everidge and Billy Everidge (Sue). She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and a cousin Marianne Kluber of Germany.

Pallbearers will include Jim Sims, John Sherrer, Dub Deavor and Jim Thomas.

Flowers will be accepted at the service.

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  • popdukes12

    Charlotte, Erwin, Pete, and Robert Ethridge, were my next door neighbors for several years back in the early 70′s. Charlotte was also a great cook. We would sit for hours at a time (on the river bank) talking about all she saw during WW11 in that thick German accent. She was a mother figure for all of us and didn’t think twice about keeping us in line. pops

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