Jerry Lee Beard, 78, of Bridgeport died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, at his home in Bridgeport.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, at Jones Family Funeral Home, and the funeral is 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Jack McAsey will officiate, and burial will follow in East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Jerry was born July 25, 1934, in Coleman County to Rosie Lee (Cullins) and Solomon Luther Beard. He served his country in the Army during the Korean War, and he married Joyce Haney Dec. 21, 1957. Jerry was a retired plant manager at Gifford-Hill/Beazer/Hanson Aggregates from 1956 to 1987.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years; daughters Melanie Harris and husband, Coit, of Chico, and Laurie Lange and husband, Mark, of Wichita Falls; son Dan Beard and partner, Jack Crutchfield Jr., of Richmond; a special “adopted” daughter Colonel Regina Draper of Davenport, Iowa; brothers Levert Beard and wife, Suzie, of Bridgeport, and Ronny Beard and wife, Pie, of Sanger; a sister, Treva Grisham and husband, Bill, of Bridgeport; grandchildren Jeremy Lange, Jessica Mowery, Matthew Lange, Jon Harris, Jack Crutchfield III, Shiloh Hofacket, Jon Crutchfield and Jordan Crutchfield; and great-grandchildren Logan Mowery and Lillie Mowery.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother George Beard and granddaughter Shannon Hofacket.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.