October 23, 1933 – April 6, 2019
Melvin Ray Beard left this earth for his heavenly home with his Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, just as he led his life: peacefully, full of humility, and surrounded by the love of his family early Saturday morning, April 6, 2019. Born October 23, 1933 to Margurite Elizabeth and Melvin Dean Beard, he lived his life of love, faith, patience, generosity and hard work as a quiet exemplary role model for everyone who knew him. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, JoAnn Sinclair Beard of Houston, Texas, and his two daughters, Susan Beard Istre of Houston, Texas, and Cindy Beard Niner of Westlake Village, California. He is also survived by his four grandchildren: Sarah Elizabeth Istre Brown of Sugarland, Texas; Ryne Wade Niner of Newport Beach, California; Christopher John Istre of Waco, Texas; Kelsey Lynn Niner Ong of Wood Ranch, California, and two great grandchildren, Jacob Curtis Brown and Collins Marie Istre. Melvin was preceded in death by his two sons, Gary Lee Beard and Melvin Brian Beard, as well as his sister, Diane Beard Walker, and his parents.
Melvin, a fourth generation native Texan, was born in the tiny community of Emhouse and moved to Houston while still in elementary school. He graduated from Reagan High School in 1952 and married the love of his life in 1953. He was a long time member of both West End Baptist Church and Tallowood Baptist Church where he served as a Sunday School Teacher, Sunday School Director and Deacon. He owned his own business, Melvin R Beard Insurance, in Spring Branch and Cypress for more than 50 years. He loved spending his time at Eight Point Ranch deer and turkey hunting as well as ranching. He also loved spending time on the golf course with friends and family. Those who knew him, knew him to be an exceptionally patient, generous, humble, and loving man who led a strong faith-based life founded in his love and belief in Jesus Christ.
He was a member of the Reagan Masonic Lodge and a charter member and president of the Memorial Lions Club.
Visitation will be at Heights Funeral Home on Monday April 8, 2019 from 6-8pm. A celebration of life will be at Tallowood Baptist Church on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 1pm.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Alzheimer’s Association.
- Visitation Monday, April 8, 2019
- Celebration of Life Tuesday, April 9, 2019
- Reception Tuesday, April 9, 2019
April 9, 2019
The Beard family was, is, and will always be a great blessing to the Gaze family. Mr. Beard was a Father in many ways to me and my brothers. From the picnics at Bear Creek park to the many fun times at West End Baptist, we look forward to meeting back up with you soon! I am sure you and Ted Sr. are laughing over his car accident that dad blamed on the bee!
All our love,
April 8, 2019
As the father of my dear friend, Brian, I will always remember him as the strong, stalwart Christian gentleman he was in all times. An example of stewardship, kindness and acceptance that shines the light of Christ into the World beyond his passing. - Robert Clepper
April 8, 2019
So saddened to hear about Mr. Beard. I met Melvin in 1980 when I became employed at his insurance agency in Spring Branch. He was the most patient, kind hearted boss anyone could ask for. I remember wanting to learn the insurance business and he was the first to encourage me to learn this profession. Due to his encouragement and passion to help me learn, I am the insurance agent that I have become today. I wouldn't be where I am today in this profession without my beginnings at Melvin R. Beard & Co and Melvin's guidance. I was always treated like family.
JoAnn, Susan, Cindy and family, I am praying for God's comfort to each of you as you go through this mourning. I know in my heart that Melvin is in God's loving arms in Heaven and watching down on each of you everyday. Melvin will always live within your hearts. Although Melvin is in Heaven now, he will never be forgotten.
April 7, 2019
I will always remember his kindness and patience when we were all kids— the vacations, the everyday willingness to go along with whatever the plans were. And when the time for discipline would arise, the favorite, “I’m going to start counting: 1, 2, “ Don’t know what happened when he would hit 3 as the offending action was usually rectified by the end of 2! But i was a believer...I feel blessed to have known him and included in his family. A wonderful man!
JAna Lairs Phillips
April 7, 2019
I was saddened to learn of Mr. Beard’s passing. He was a wonderful Christian man who welcomed us into their home for weekends from Baylor and when my late husband , David, and I moved here he was so kind and helpful. I am keeping the family in my prayers. Unfortunately I can not attend the services. Please let me know if I can be of help.
Jana Laird Phillips