WT 'Bill' Beard

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LINDEN, TX Funeral services for Winford Truett Bill Beard, 76, of Linden, will be at 11:00 A.M., Monday, May 9, 2011 in the chapel of Reeder-Davis-Schindler Funeral Home in Linden with Bros. Jerry McKellar and Ed Lawless officiating. Interment will be in Cornith Cemetery. Visitation will be 2 to 6 PM Sunday at the funeral home. Mr. Beard was born January 10, 1935 in Linden to Looney Lewis and Lillie Thelma Perser Beard. He passed away Thursday, May 5, 2011 in a Texarkana hospital. He was retired from the U.S. Navy, having served in Korea and Viet Nam, was a former Post Commander of the Liles-McDaniel VFW Post 6968 and was a Baptist. He is survived by his wife, LaVern Beard of Linden; a son and daughter-in-law, Winford and Theresa Beard of Linden; a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Edward Thompson of Hubbard, Ohio; two brothers and one sister-in-law, C.L. and Carol Ann Beard of Wickenburg, Arizona and Jeral Beard of Snyder; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Dean and Jay Lefler of Decatur and Nell and Ray Duck of Sulphur Springs; five grandchildren, Felicia and Michelle Beard, Eddie, Cody and Cindy Thompson; two great-grandchildren, Trenton Thompson and Little Rick Blake; plus a host of other family and many friends.

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  1. Goodbye Grandpayou will not be forgotten you will always be in my heart plus all thething that you have taught me growing up I love you and miss you alreadysee you when I get up there.-Eddie

  2. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May God bless and keep you strong.

  3. Dad we love you & miss you & we know your in a better place,we loved our talks & visiting with you! Fair winds & following seas be with You! We will Love You always Jr & Tee xoxo

  4. Beard Family I am so sorry for your loss… I didn't know Bill but I am sure he was GREAT man! My prayers are with all the family..Love and RespectTempest

  5. To my loving husband who I am going to miss so very muchI am already missing you so terribly.I know you have been hurting for such a very long time but you never gave up Baby and that was one of the things I was so proud of you for.This past year was such a struggle for us but we both stood tall and fought ever so hard.But our love stayed strong for each other and my love for you will linger on for a very long time. Thanks for the wonderful 49 years.So Rest In Peace Baby and one day we will be together. Me Jr And Barbara will always love you and you will be in our hearts for ever.Oh how I miss you.

  6. We wish to send out deepest sympathy.God be with you to help you during this time of sorrow!

  7. Dad, I love you so very much! As much as I hate to see you gone, I'm glad you are no longer in pain.You were the best father anyone could have!I know you will always be with all of us in spirit,and watching over us!Rest in peace.

  8. Though we are unable to attend the service due to a prior commitment, we wish to extend our sincere sympathy to the family and pray that God will comfort you at this difficult time.

  9. Remembering you and your family in my prayers. My brother thought so much of you and Bill and I so much enjoyed the Guadalupe reunions.Peggy Walker HayesSan Antonio,Tx(sister of Frank C. Walker)

  10. We are so sorry to hear about the death of Bill. Our thoughts are with you at this time!

  11. LaVern, You have our deepest sympathy. Bill is with the Guadalupe crew that is in Heaven where we will all be someday. We will keep you in our prayers.

  12. I served with Bill beard on the Guadalupe in the late 60's. I was a 17 year old kid on my first assignment before going to school. While i probably did not realize it at the time, Bill had influence on the rest of my life. After all of these years, i still remember him!my sympathy to the family!

  13. Beard family, sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. The people the Guadalupe reunions were special it was a pleasure to have met Bill Vince Teresi"s grandaughter Shirlee Ishizaki

  14. LaVerne: So very sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Please know that you and your family our in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I will always remember Bill dancing with Gary Richards at the Olathe Reunion. The two of you were so much fun and such a wonderful couple. May God Bless you all. Mike and Judy Soetaert

  15. As LaVern and JR know well, Bill was my hero. We served together for two years, and he taught me leadership lessons (contingency planning and to just dive in and take over during a crisis) that I have used in business ever since. By example, he taught me the vale of family, too. I never knew anyone who loved his family as Bill loved LaVern, JR and Barbara. He will live on in my heart, my head and my soul for the rest of my days.

  16. Uncle Bill will always be remembered by me as the quiet one amidst the boisterous sounds of the Bratcher family. Though the years kept us far apart, I will cherish the memories of childhood visits. Love to you Aunt LaVern, Jr, and Barbara.

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