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Walter Benjamin Beard Jr

December 7, 1932November 4, 2020
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Walter Benjamin Beard Jr., age 87, of Columbiana, Alabama passed away on Wednesday, November 4, 2020. Walter was born December 7, 1932 in Hot Springs Virginia to Walter and Wilma Beard along with 5 siblings. Walter joined the U.S. Air Force and was based in Alamogordo, New Mexico. After completing his duty to his country Walter began a career as an industrial engineer. His work took him all over the world including, the Philippines, Costa Rica, South Africa, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, Dominican Republic, Trinidad, and multiple states across the U.S. While in Costa Rica, he built a medical facility with a fully functioning lab in order for his employees to get much needed care. He also worked with Homes for Humanity and had a political influence in each new place he traveled. Walter was an amazing Grandpa, not just to his grandchildren, but to anyone who needed him. He was known to bring in anyone and everyone who was in need and make them part of the family. After retirement, Walter enjoyed playing poker, roulette, craps, golfing, cooking for his family, architecture, and frequenting Waffle House. Walter was a true Christian and always put God and family first.

Walter is preceded in death by his dearly missed wife of 67 years Bertha Jimenez Beard; daughter, Elizabeth B. Payne; and parents, Walter B. Beard Sr. and Wilma Corbett Beard.

Walter leaves behind his son, John Paul Beard (Nena); daughter, Sandra Byrd (David); grandchildren, Johnathan Beard, Genesis Mitchell (Richard), Rebecca Studer (Walt), Jason Beard (Tristyn), Shawn D. Payne (Emily), Lisandra Miller, Christy McBride, Justin B. Byrd (Victoria) and Tiffany L Byrd; 20 great- grandchildren, who he was very proud of; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and chosen family.

Walter made an impact everywhere he went. Over his lifetime he touched hundreds if not thousands of lives. We are so grateful for Walter and the lessons he taught, the people he helped, and the memories he left. Walter will be greatly missed by all who knew him

A visitation for Walter will be held Friday, November 6, 2020 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Rockco Funeral Home, Montevallo, Alabama. A memorial service will occur Friday, November 6, 2020 at 5:00 PM. followed by a celebration of life and fellowship with the family.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.rockcofuneralmontevallo.com for the Beard family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, November 6, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Friday, November 6, 2020

  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, November 6, 2020

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Charlotte Alverson

November 6, 2020

I waited on me, Walter at waffle,house.one of my favorite people.he will be very much missed he was a great man the. Waffle house will miss you very much . Miss you very much Charlie

Craig, Marcy & Mike Thomas

November 5, 2020

To the families of Walter Beard...Our deepest sympathy to all of you on the loss of your Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather and Uncle. Our memory of Walt was when he met you, it was like he had known you forever. When we first moved to Alabama, the first person we met was Walt's daughter Lisa, Jerry and family. Lisa and Jerry welcomed us to the neighborhood and that was the start of the beautiful memories we will always cherish of being a part of Walt's beautiful family. The fun times of laughter, dinners and all the joy Walt's family showed us at the family get togethers Lisa would have...they made our move to Alabama, memories we will never forget. Sandra, Lisa, Granny and Lisandra teaching me how to do the dance Macarena...that was just one of the many beautiful memories we have of Walt's family...pure love and joy every time we would see them. We love you all and our hearts go out to all of you during this difficult time. We know your Dad, Mom and Lisa are dancing in Heaven and watching over all of you with love forever and ever. Our deepest sympathy and love to all of you.

Love,

Craig, Marcy and Mike Thomas
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