November 16, 1942 ~ June 26, 2019

Born in: Gary, IN
Resided in: Fletcher, NC

Born November 16, 1942 to Malachy Beckham Sr. and Rosemary Beckham in Gary Indiana, Malachy “Mal” Beckham passed away on June 26, 2019.

Mal was a lifelong pilot, mechanic and flight instructor. He amassed over 13,000 hours of pilot in command time and an additional 8,100 hours of instructional time during his career which began in 1962 at age 19. Mal began flying in a Piper J-3 Cub and went on to log flying time in 34 different aircraft types including private jets. He held operating licenses and certifications for single engine, multi engine, turbo prop and jet engines. He was also a certified ground instructor, flight instructor and commercial pilot.

Mal served in the U.S. Army where he worked as a Pershing Missile Specialist at Fort Still, Oklahoma. He took great pride in being able to wear his Army uniform on special occasions as recently as last year.

An avid workout and health enthusiast, Mal swam, biked, jogged, hiked and lifted weights right up to his death.
Mal’s enthusiasm for flying was passed to his many students over his 30 year career as a flight instructor in Florida and North Carolina. Mal instructed over 100 students in his career, many which became professional pilots. His attention to detail and knowledge of the rules of flight operations was a pride point recalled by his students.

Mal was a member of the Western NC Pilot’s Association and generously contributed annually to the WNCPA Education Fund with the following statement: “God has greatly blessed me, and by providing these scholarships I intend to thank and honor Him. The Trustee shall notify each scholarship recipient that his or her gift was inspired by God.”

Friends of Mal are saddened by Mal’s unexpected passing. His absence will be felt in the WNC aviation community as well as in his community of faith at Biltmore Church and Hendersonville Seventh Day Adventist church. His friends are confident that Mal’s faith was sincere and that he now rests in the glory of Heaven where his wings are permanent and his soul now soars.

Mal is survived by his sister, Rosemary Ofsaiof of Northbrook IL and a son, David Beckham of Asheville, NC.

A memorial service will be held at the hangar located at 184 Lower Brush Creek Road, Fletcher, NC from 6:00-8:00pm on Saturday, July 13th.

Please send memorial contributions to Camp Cedarcliff Endowment Fund c/o The Western NC Community Foundation or the Western NC Pilots Association Education Fund c/o WNCPA, 21 Aviation Way Fletcher, NC 28732.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


Celebration of Life: July 13, 2019 6:00 pm

Six Oaks Airport Hanger
184 Lower Brush Creek Road
Fletcher, NC 28732

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  1. For 8 years, it has been a privilege and an honor knowing Malachy Beckham. Mal was my mentor, aviation expert, advocate, adopted pops, and dearest friend. He gave me my dream, the gift of flight, and many fond memories. Today, there is a huge void in my heart and the grief is tremendous. It’s not until your departure, Mal, that I understand the gift…the gift of spending time with a love one, the gift of being present in the moment at all times, the gift of gratitude with humility, the gift of unconditional love that only comes from God. Thank you, Mal. Until be meet again in Heaven and I hear you say “Helloooo Katherine”, I will be missing you.

  2. To many memories to list. You definitely knew who you were and your influence was shared by many. You’ll be tremendously missed but your legacy will live on.

  3. I worked alongside Mal at SouthWings for several years. Mal volunteered his time, expertise, good cheer and unbound enthusiasm to the organization. For these gifts all of us at SouthWings are truly grateful. Though some time has passed since Mal’s association with SouthWings, we remember him vividly and fondly and are deeply saddened by his passing.

  4. Peace,Prayers and Blessings to the family and friends of Mal.
    So sorry to hear this sad news. My heartfelt condolences.

  5. Mal for 61 years of knowing you and the time we spent together, I thank you! I’ll never forget it and my heart is so sad to know I can’t just pick up the phone and talk to you. But now you have your permanent wings and you’re in God’s Perpetual light. Thank you for the Memories!

  6. Just found out today (8/8/2019) about Mal’s passing. Mal was my stepfather and he was the reason I earned my pilot’s license in 1992. Many of the skills I have, and use, are a direct result of Mal imparting his knowledge and wisdom with me. This news saddens me tremendously and I wish I had learned of his passing earlier as I would have attended the celebration of his life. While we didn’t always see eye-to-eye, Mal took on an overwhelming responsibility with 3 stepchildren which I cannot even imagine doing. Thank you, Mal. I love you. Sam

  7. I just found out today as well. I am heartbroken! He was such a good man in every way and I loved him very much. He will always and forever be in my heart ❤

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