|Birth: ||Jun. 15, 1935|
|Death: ||Feb. 18, 2010|
DENISON - Joe Gordon Beard, 74, died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Parkside Baptist Church with the Rev. Chet Haney and the Rev. Charles Shaw officiating. Graveside services will be at Cedarlawn Memorial Park in Sherman with Jason Anderson officiating. Arrangements are by Bratcher Funeral Home of Denison
Joe Gordon Beard slipped into the loving arms of our Savior on Thursday, Feb, 18, 2010, at the age of 74 after a courageous battle with mesothelioma cancer, at Wilson N. Jones Medical Center. His loving family surrounded him.
Joe was born June 15, 1935, in Hobbs, N.M., to Joe and Glennie Mae McMinn Beard. He received his schooling in Ranger. He loved and played football for the school. During his time there the team won a state championship. He joined the Air Force in 1952 (underage) and flew combat missions over Korea. He came out of the service in 1953 because of "age" and re-enlisted 1954-1958. He received an honorable discharge with the rank of AFC/1 and a good conduct medal. He played football for the Air Force for two years at Dover Air Force base. He was injured in a plane crash the second year, which ended his football career. He finished his tour of duty in Tripoli, Libya. He returned to the states and continued his education at Howard Payne Junior College, where he received "all state" acting award two years in succession. He attended Ranger Junior College and then tried his hand at acting. He played extras part in several John Wayne movies, including "Alamo" and "Rio Bravo." He returned to Texas and was working with an aeration company, which took him to Sunray, where he met and married the love of his life, Shirley Lummus. They were blessed with five children: Gordon Mac, Sheri, Terri, Byron and Amanda. The family moved to Denison and Joe went to work at the John Manville plant. Joe finished his career driving a bus for SISD. He loved the job and the kids and he received an accommodation for "outstanding" service when he managed to maneuver his bus load of football players through an accident scene without incidence on a return trip from Wichita Falls.
The most memorable moment of his life was September 1947 when he accepted Jesus Christ into his life. He proudly confessed that he had belonged to his Lord for more than 60 years. He was an active member of Parkside Baptist church until his health began to fail.
He taught a Sunday school class for high school boys and then a senior men class at Parkside Baptist for several years. He loved the Lord with all his heart and didn't mind telling you so. He loved his church family and enjoyed visiting with friends, traveling, watching football and spending time with his family. He will be greatly missed by all who had an opportunity to know him. He had a loving compassionate heart and brought joy and laughter to us all.
He was preceded in death by his mother and family, Joe Beard, Glennie Mae Beard Robinson; two sisters, Juanita Robinson and Ann Akins; his stepfather, Ben Robinson; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Waddie and Lucia Lummus; a brother-in-law, Bill Lummus; and two sisters-in-law, Jeanette Anderson and Sandra Lummus.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley; two sons, Gordon Mac and fiancee Susan Pendleton of Plano and Byron Joe and wife Laura of Prosper; three daughters, Sheri Rodriguez and Amanda Anderson and husband Jason, all of Sherman, and Terri Copeland and husband David of Carrolton; 14 grandchildren, Michael Beard, Laura Rodriguez, Isaac Rodriguez, Diane Rodriguez, Samatha Rodriguez, Christine Copeland, Matthew Copeland, Danielle Ferguson, Emily Beard, Ryan Beard, Elizabeth Beard, Luke Anderson, Lydia Anderson and Levi Anderson; a sister, Kathryn Polan and husband Ray; a brother, Jerry Beard and wife Maxine; an aunt, Margaret Kemp of Corpus Christi; and many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Leave online condolences at www.bratcherfuneralhome.com.
Amarillo Globe-News, Feb. 20, 2010
Cedarlawn Memorial Park
Created by: Kenneth D. Bogard
Record added: Feb 20, 2010
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