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McEwen Funeral Service-Mint Hill Chapel

7428 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Charlotte, NC

A MESSAGE FROM THE FAMILY

A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. In the meantime, please share your memories of Stephen here on his website.
OBITUARY

Stephen Roderick Beard

December 4, 1992April 13, 2020

Stephen Roderick Beard, our beloved son, grandson, and brother, passed away on Monday, April 13, 2020. Born on December 4, 1992 in Charlotte, North Carolina, Stephen was a graduate of Hickory Grove Christian School, attended college at UNCC and Western Carolina, and was a member at Christ Covenant Church.

Growing up, Stephen was an amazing child with a big smile and an easy going nature. Stephen started playing baseball at the age of five, and continued to love and play the sport until he graduated high school. Stephen was bright, witty, and had a wonderful sense of humor, always making those around him laugh with his silly antics. As a young child, Stephen and his younger sister Olivia were homeschooled. Together, they would share many fond memories playing games, trips to Carowinds, and laughing over movies. One of Olivia’s fondest memories was when she would sleep in Stephen’s bunk bed, laughing and giggling until they fell asleep. Once Jacob and Noah were born, Stephen instantly became the big brother they would grow up to love and admire. He enjoyed spending time with his brothers by playing video games and hanging out together. Stephen also helped coach Jacob’s t-ball team.

Stephen loved the Carolina Panthers and the Atlanta Braves. We have fond memories of watching and attending games with him. Stephen enjoyed playing disc golf and video games. He was a hard worker, often working as a bartender or in the food service. Stephen was well liked by all that knew him with his infectious smile and caring nature. During the last six months, Stephen was blessed to have been in a relationship with Amber Pondo.

Even though Stephen struggled during the past several years with addiction and depression, he continued to work hard and fight for a better life. We were so thankful for all the time we were able to spend with him in recent years. We have many precious memories that will live in our hearts forever. We were so proud of the sweet, kind and compassionate person Stephen was. He was a loving brother and son. We were blessed to have him in our lives. We could not be more thankful knowing that he is at peace in his eternal home, with our Heavenly Father.

2 Timothy 4:7-8 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.”

Survivors include his parents, Roderick and Julie Beard; a sister, Olivia Beard; brothers, Jacob and Noah Beard; a great grandmother, Mary Massey; grandparents, Carole Beard, Roddy and Laverne Beard, Stephen and Jennine Eubanks; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made, in Stephen’s name, to the Charlotte Rescue Mission.

A private burial will take place for family and a Celebration of Life will take place at a later date.

Please leave online condolences and memories for the family at www.mcewenminthillchapel.com

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Dan and Mary Ann Snell

April 22, 2020

Rod, Julie and family,
We are so very sorry for your loss and our hearts break for you. We are lifting you up in prayer and good thoughts. May the wonderful memories you have of Stephen help you in your time of sorrow.
Dan and Mary Ann Snell

Ellen Cavanaugh

April 21, 2020

Rod and Julie, we are heartbroken for your family. Stephen was so special to us and we have so many memories of him from the HGCS days. He always had a smile on his face and was always a “cut up”. I’ll always remember his bb days and the prom with the white top hat and cane! You all are in our prayers during these very difficult days.

The Cavanaugh family

Denise Vogel

April 21, 2020

I’m so very sorry to hear of the passing of your son. May God comfort and strengthen you and your entire family during this most difficult time.

Our deepest condolences,
The Vogel Family

Josh Swartzlander

April 21, 2020

Dear Beard Family,

We just wanted to say how extremely sorry we are for your loss. Please know all of our thoughts are with you. You are such a tremendous family, a great representation of our community and we just wanted you to know that we have such respect and appreciation for all of you.

Please let us know if we can do anything to help!

Josh Swartzlander and everyone at QGHS.

Kellie Aden-Amisano

April 21, 2020

Rod, Julie and family,

We are so sorry to hear of Stephen’s passing. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bless you all during this difficult time.

Sincerely,
Kellie, Pete, Jacob and Emily
Aden-Amisano

Lisa Horstkamp

April 21, 2020

I am so very saddened to hear this news. We have the best memories of our time with your family. Please know that all of our thoughts and prayers for peace and strength are lifted up for all of you guys. So much love. Lisa, Ed, Jake and Nick. ❤️

Patrick Meyer

April 21, 2020

Beard Family,

You have my deepest condolences. It has been a pleasure to be involved in Noah’s life and I appreciate your amazing family.

Sincerely,

Patrick Meyer

Valerie King

April 21, 2020

Rod and Julie,

We are so sorry to hear this. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

The Kings (Scott, Valerie, Patric and Alan)

Penny Earley

April 20, 2020

Our deepest sympathy on the passing of your precious son. We send our love, prayers, and support!
The Earley Family

Luann Kasimir

April 20, 2020

Dear Rod & Julie, Olivia, Jacob, Noah & family,

We were devastated to hear of Stephen's passing. Your family is in our prayers. May God give you His peace and hope during this sad time and keep Heaven forever in your hearts.

"God is close to the brokenhearted and He rescues those whose spirits are crushed (Psalm 34:18)". He will be faithful to carry you through this time. You are not alone!

We love you all!
The Kasimir Family

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