Joseph Beard

Thursday, July 10, 2003

OLMSTED, Ill. -- Joseph Hunter Beard, 93, died Sunday, July 6, 2003, at the Charleston Manor Nursing Home in Charleston, Mo.

He was born Feb. 4, 1910, in Columbus, Miss., the son of Leroy and Caroline Moore Beard. He married Dorothy Key on Nov. 20, 1960. She survives.

He was a carpenter and a veteran of World War II. He was a member and assistant pastor of the Pryor Memorial Church of God in Christ in Villa Ridge, Ill.

He also is survived by two sons, Lawrence Beard of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Joe Edward Beard of Chicago, Ill.; a daughter, Dorothy M. Jones of Olmsted; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, three brothers and four sisters.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. Sunday until the funeral hour at Bethel Temple Church of God in Christ in Mounds, Ill.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the church with elder Oscar L. Burtley Sr. and elder Carl J. Whitaker officiating.

Burial will be Monday at the National Cemetery at Mound City, Ill.

Algee's Funeral Home in Carbondale, Ill., is in charge of arrangements.