Willie Beard

Published 6:00 am Friday, February 22, 2002

Services for Willie Beard of Brookhaven are 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb.24, at Damascus M. B. Church with burial in Ebenezer ChurchCemetery.

Visitation is Saturday from 1-7 p.m. with family hour from 6-7p.m. at Williams Mortuary.

Mr. Beard, 81, died Feb. 19, 2002, at King’s Daughters MedicalCenter. He was born in Lincoln County on March 23, 1920, to GeorgeBeard and Ellen Smith Beard.

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He was retired from Columbus/Hill Behan Lumber Company with 35years service. He was a member of Damascus M. B. Church. He was anArmy veteran of WWII.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Dessie ReeStapleton Beard; his brothers, Matthew, Frank, Luke and LenyonBeard; his sisters, Ruthie Beard, Pinkie Wallace, Mattie Owens,Dora Upkins, and Ada Humphrey; his sons, Willie Lee Beard and JohnCurtis Beard; and his daughter, Lurline Beard.

Survivors are his son, Lawrence Lee Beard of Brookhaven; hisdaughters, Dorethen Holman of Brookhaven, Tyrethis Penrice ofChicago, Willie Ann Benjamin and Carolyn Humphries, both ofBrookhaven, and Alberta Leach of Lansing, Mich.; his brothers,Lucien Beard and Lindsay Beard, both of Lansing; his sister,Florence Steward of Lansing; and 13 grandchildren and 13great-grandchildren.