Judith Johnson Beckett

July 3, 1944 - February 7, 2022
Judith Johnson Beckett


Judith Johnson Beckett of Wilmington passed away Monday, February 7, 2022.

Judith was born in Goldsboro, NC on July 3, 1944, and was the daughter of the late Jesse Thomas Johnson and Mamie Horton Johnson.

Judith was a Charter member of Holy Cross Episcopal Church of Myrtle Grove and served as the first Senior Warden. She retired from South East Area Health Education Center and was formerly employed with the State of NC at O’Berry Center in Goldsboro and Vocational Rehabilitation in Wilmington. She graduated from Goldsboro High School and attended Atlantic Christian College, now Barton College in Wilson, NC.

She is survived by her husband Carl Beckett, sons, Donald A. Beckett (Linda) of Garner, NC, Dr. Thomas J. Beckett (Tammy) of Wilmington, Stephen K. Beckett (Lisa) of Pikeville, NC, and Christopher A. Beckett (Andrea) of Las Vegas, NV; grandchildren, Aiden, Hannah, Mallory, Laura, Bethany, Abigal, and David; and one great-grandchild, Emory. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Mary Rachel Johnson Hale and Elizabeth Johnson Oldham.

Memorial services will be held at 1 pm Saturday, February 12, 2022, at Holy Cross Episcopal Church of Myrtle Grove, 5820 Myrtle Grove Road, Wilmington, NC 28409 led by Fr. Jerry Gallagher and Fr. Dick Warner. The service will be an outdoor ceremony at the Warner Memorial Garden.

A reception will follow the service in the Parish Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Holy Cross Episcopal Church Building Fund.

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  • December 02, 2022
    Karen says:
    I’m only seeing this obituary notice for Judy now. I worked with Judy at the Pikes Peak YMCA in Colorado Springs when she and Carl were stationed at the Air Force Academy. I remember Judy as a real live wire with a fun, firecracker personality. She was easy to be friends with and I am sorry to read of her passing. I remember Judy and Carl hosting a “pig pickin’” on AFA grounds for the entire workplace. They both were great people. I will miss knowing she is not among us anymore. RIP, Judy.

  • February 13, 2022
    L Mack Wade says:
    A life long friend who will be greatly missed. A joy to all who knew her.

  • February 16, 2022
    Darlene Poling Brown says:
    Although I have never met this dear lady, I want to express my condolences to my dear cousin Carl Beckett for the loss of this precious soul mate. Prayers for the whole family in this time of loss.

  • February 23, 2022
    Ellis Furst says:
    We will miss Judith. She and Carl walked the dog, Juby, I think. down our street several times a day. I was always amazed at how fast she recovered from surgeries and was right back out there walking in every kind of weather. She was a tough ladyand didn't complain. She was always grateful and gracious and such a beauty. I went to her yardsale and bought some travel trinkets to remember her by. I was hoping to see her again when they moved back to Wilmington, we'll have to wait until heaven. I taught two of her granddaughters art lessons.