Wesley Beard

December 24, 1933April 28, 2012

Wesley Martin Beard, born in Kokomo on December 24, 1933 to Wesley and Naomi (Woods) Beard, departed this earthly realm on Saturday, April 28, 2012. Martin attended the Kokomo school system and later enlisted in the armed forces in January 1952 and went on to serve in the Korean War, retiring in 1960. While serving his country, Martin was awarded the Bronze Star Medal on December 16, 1954, specializing in demolition and construction. Martin was awarded the Legionnaire Award for Bravery by the American Legion Post 177 in August 1980.

On June 25, 1955, Martin was united in holy matrimony to Dorris L. Gaines, who survives. Other surviving family members are, Nerissa Gibson, Kokomo; Kenneth (Susie) Gaines, Kokomo; Renee (Morris) Akins, Westchester, Ohio; Patrice Kimani; Anthony Beard; Marcus Beard; and Tinnie Cleaver, Kokomo; grandchildren, Carlos Gaines, Kyle Beard, Alexis Barbary, Bobby Freeman, Tinea Beard, Ohseona Barbary, Mikayla Beard, and Reis Beard, all of Kokomo, Julian Akins, San Bruno, California, Jarrett Akins, Breona Akins, Westchester, Ohio, Lisha Brown, Cleveland, Ohio, and Darshania Strait, San Antonio, Texas; nine great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Kevin W. Beard; sons-in-law, Peter Kimani, and Bud Gibson; brother-in-law, Clarence Gaines; and sister-in-law, Emma Gaines.

Martin never met a stranger and truly enjoyed talking to people. He loved spending time with his family, taking pictures, taking care of his automobile and lawn work. His trademark was handing out crisp two dollar bills to his grandchildren and friends. Martin will be deeply missed but never forgotten.

The service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church, 1599 E. Sycamore, Kokomo, with Pastor Lonnie Anderson presiding. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the church. Online messages of condolence may be made at Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home.


  • Visitation Friday, May 4, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, May 4, 2012

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Michelle Gleaves

May 6, 2012


Teresa Hamrick

May 4, 2012

I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help at this time.

Stephanie Parker

May 4, 2012

To Marcus and the entire Beard family. I'm so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this time, and always. Marcus, your father raised a fine young man, and I'm sure he was very proud of you. Love to you and your family.

Carolyn and Neal Glover

May 4, 2012

To the Gaines Family,My prayers and sympathy are with you you grieve,our Lord said he would never leave you nor forsake you,May the memories you shared with him bring you peace and comfort in the days ahead,our Lord said he would never leave you nor forsake you.

Cheryl Ungerer

May 4, 2012

Grandpa Beard will be missed by Briel Robinson and Reis Beard. You had a positive influence on both of my children. They each have their special two dollar bills tucked neatly away in their baby books. Thanks for loving us all! I will miss you!!!

James,Rena Smith

May 4, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers and is with you Bear
all our Love James and Rena,Dannie and family

Michelle Gleaves

May 3, 2012

Will miss the talks we use to have on those hot days, when I would stop by to check on you & aunt Dorris.. R.I.P.

Michael&Christie Gaines

May 3, 2012

From his other son....Michael M&M Gaines (nephew) and Christie.....Much Love! R.I.P

Adrian Plummer (Grandaughter of Horace Woods) (Daughter of Monica Woods Scott)

May 3, 2012

Our heart felt condolences are extended to our dear cousin. Love and blessings from you New Jersey loved ones. Peace be with you.

Monica Scott

May 2, 2012

To the Beard Family. You have our deepest sympathy on the passing of Uncle Martin. Much to young to move on but will always be remembered for his kindness and friendship.

Monica and Ron Scott & Family ( Monica is the daughter of Horace Woods)