William L. Beard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. William "Willie" Luther Beard, 79, entered into rest on Thursday January 4, 2007 at Heartland Hospice. He was the beloved husband of the late Evelyn Alexander Beard. Graveside services will be held on Monday, January 8, 2007 at 11:00 A.M. at Sunset Memory Gardens in Langley, South Carolina with the Reverend James Canada officiating. Mr. Beard was born in Jackson, South Carolina. He was the son of the late Darling L. Beard and the late Carrie Inez Heath Beard. Willie served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Upon retuning home, Willie went to work for Elliott Sons Funeral Home. He retired from the City Of Augusta Fire Department after thirty two years of service as a fireman. He was a member of the retired Fireman's Association and Oak Grove Baptist Church. Survivors include five sons, Robert Beard of Rock Hill, South Carolina, Paul Beard of Boston, Ma. Richard Beard (Roxane) of Augusta, Georgia, Joe Tyler Beard (Karen) of Augusta, Georgia, Danny Austin Beard (Michelle) of Augusta, Georgia; two daughters, Virginia B. Dalton of Boston, Ma. And Catherine B. Rossi (Louis) of Orlando, Florida; one brother, Harris Beard of Payson, Arizona; thirteen grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and a special long time family friend, Mrs. Louise Dodgen. Visitation will be held today Sunday January 7, 2007 form 3:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. at Elliott Sons Funeral Home on Columbia Road. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle-January 7, 2007