Florence R. Beard of Coila, 104, passed away at her home on Thursday, October 10.
Visitation was Sunday, from 1:00 p.m. until service time, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 13, at Black Hawk Methodist Church in Black Hawk, with burial following in Shute Cemetery near Black Hawk. Rev. Larry Edwards and Rev. Jack Marshall officiated the services.
Mrs. Beard was born in Holmes County on September 21, 1915, and was the daughter of the late Samuel P. and Jessie Florence Deese Robertson. She was a homemaker and a member of Black Hawk Methodist Church. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Beard was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lewis "Boy" Beard; two sons, Joe G. Beard and J. B. Beard; and two grandchildren, Gene Beard and Shirley Jo Beard.
Mrs. Beard is survived by two daughters, Shirley Yates of Vaiden and Mary Jo Smith of Ocean Springs; four sons, Robert Lewis Beard Jr. of Black Hawk, Pepper Beard of McCarley, Miller Beard of Black Hawk, and William "Stuffy" Beard of Carrollton; fifteen grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Paul Rodrigue, Ernie Watts, Marion Boggs, John Walker, James Funderburk, and Lanny Fratesi. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Michael Boler, Gary Phillips, Doug Everett, Wilton Sanders, Ricky Reese, and the nurses of Sta Home Hospice.
Memorial contributions may be made to Black Hawk Methodist Church. Oliver Funeral Home of Winona (www.ofhwinona.com) handled the arrangements.