Dateline: October 13, 2005


Graveside services for Robert Eugene “Bob” Beard, age 75, will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 15, 2005, in Citizens Cemetery in Clarendon with Rev. Bryan Knowles, Pastor of Community Fellowship Church in Clarendon, officiating.  Arrangements are under the direction of Robertson Funeral Directors, Inc., of Clarendon.

Mr. Beard died Tuesday, October 4, 2005, in Alamo, California.  He was born August 14, 1930, in Wichita Falls, Texas to Johnie W. and Bertha Moore Beard.  He moved to Clarendon when he was a baby.  He attended Clarendon schools and graduated from high school in 1948.  In 1949, he married Juanita Carpenter, whom he had gone to school with since kindergarten.  He joined the Navy, and after being honorably discharged, he began a long and successful career with the Santa Fe Railroad in Amarillo.  Promotions took him to various cities such as New Orleans, Dallas, Galveston, Albuquerque, and Chicago.  After 38 years, he retired as Director of Marketing.  He and his wife lived in Naperville, Illinois, for 30 years before moving to Concord, California, in 2004.  He enjoyed working in his garden and visiting with friends and neighbors.  He was a Mason and a Shriner.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers, Johnie, Donald, and Jimmie.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Juanita; a son, William “Gene” Beard and wife Kathy of Winfield, Illinois; a daughter, Marguerite “Elaine” Robinson and husband Rendel of Antioch, California; and four grandchildren, Robert and David Beard of Downers Grove, Illinois, and Ryan and Kelleigh Ives of Antioch, California.

The family will receive visitors at the funeral home from 11:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday.  They request that memorials be made to the Shriner’s Hospital, 2211 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60707 or Shriner’s Hospital, 815 Market St., Galveston, TX 77550-2725.


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