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James W. Beecher, Sr

October 16, 1953 - September 27, 2019


James Woodrow (Woody) Beecher, Sr. was born in Colbert County Alabama to the late Henry and Freddie Beecher on October 16, 1953. He was the second child of this union. James received Christ at an early age. He was baptized at St James Missionary Baptist Church , under the leadership of Pastor Davis in Leighton, Alabama. At the age of sixteen, James moved to Daly City, California, with his aunt Lula and uncle Yance King. He completed his education at Daly City High School. He later moved to New York City, then relocated to East Palo Alto, California, to begin his 44 year career at Stanford Hospital.

James had a humble spirit with a generous heart full of love for all people. He had a special understanding for the needs of youth in foster care. His compassion made him a wonderful, therapeutic foster care parent.

James met and married the love of his life, Ella Wiggins-Beecher, on January 24, 1989, and joined Faith Missionary Baptist Church. He served as an honorary sick and emergency hospitality host. He was in training to become a member of the Deacon Board.

James was a loving husband and father. He loved his siblings and was and outstanding grandfather. He leaves to cherish his loving memories, his beloved wife of 30 years, Ella Wiggins-Beecher; four children: James Woodrow Beecher Jr., Vester Wiggins, Masharika Wiggins-Sigur (Chris), and Sekou Beecher. Richard Beecher and Edna Beecher preceded him in death. He also leaves his sisters-in-law: Loretta Wilcox, Deborah Springer, Vivian Carthe, and Ruth Rambo; 9 grandchildren: Shamika, Chareece & LeShown Holcomb, Christopher Jr. and Hailey Sigur, Ka’Nesha, Azhane, De’Aaron and Shyelle Wiggins. James also leaves 5 great-grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews, and dear friends.

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