Billy George Beard

April 27, 1922August 16, 2010

Billy George Beard

Billy George Beard, 88, 7 Wentworth Place, passed away Monday evening, Aug. 16, 2010 at a local hospital.

Mr. Beard was born in Rome on April 27, 1922, the son of the late George C. Beard and Sara Greene Beard. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Cora Beard Cochran and Marion Beard Ware, brother, Nunally O. Beard, and nephew, Wayne Ware.

Mr. Beard was a well-known merchant having worked at Montgomery-Ward in Rome and then assistant manager at their stores in Maryland and Virginia. After returning to Rome, he worked with Belk-Rhodes for several years and also Wheeler’s Men’s Wear. Later he owned and operated Beard’s Store for Men and then retired from Rome Manufacturing Co. He was a member of the Rome Church of Christ where he led the singing for many years.

After graduation from Boys High School in 1941 he went into the Army serving with the First Infantry Division (Big Red One). He was a veteran of “D” Day on Omaha Beach and received the Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, European-African Medal with Spearhead and with four Major Battle Stars and the Army of Occupation Medal.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 59 years, Doris Jones Beard, to whom he was married Aug. 26, 1951; one daughter, Leigh Beard Wilson, and her husband, L. Steve Wilson, Cave Spring; one son, David W. Beard, Calhoun; nieces, Rita B. Montgomery, and husband, Ray, Cartersville, and Gayle W. Bowman, Rome; nephews, Tim Ware, and wife, Beverly, Cedar Bluff, AL, and Tony Cochran, and wife, Tina, St. Augustine, FL; and a number of great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Aug, 19, at 11 a.m. at the Thomas B. Griffin Memorial Chapel of Daniel’s Funeral Home with Ministers Brooks Boyd and Alvis Miller officiating. Interment will be in the Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Ron Dasher, Tony Cochran, Vic Tinney, Bill Greer, Tim Ware and Ken Hardin.

The family will receive friends at Daniel’s Funeral Home on Wednesday, Aug. 18, from 5 until 7 p.m.


  • Funeral Service Thursday, August 19, 2010
  • Visitation Wednesday, August 18, 2010

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August 20, 2010

David, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad, just know that "Love and precious memories outlast the pain of grief"...... Sheila

Nancy Baker

August 19, 2010

Doris, Leigh and David,
I was so sorry to hear of Billy's passing. He was such a sweet man. I know that he was a dear husband and devoted father.
I know that you will miss him very much, but just remember all of your many good memories. Even though this will not bring him back, it will keep him with you always.
You are in my heart and prayers.
Much love to each of you.

Tina Burkhalter

August 18, 2010

Leigh and David - You and your mother are in our thoughts and prayers. I enjoyed reading about your Dad having been in the war to end all wars. I am so proud and appreciative of his contribution to the freedom we have enjoyed for so many years. I wish Peace for you all. - Tina and Phil Burkhalter

Michelle Jones

August 18, 2010

Dear Leigh & Steve,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Ron Dasher

August 18, 2010

Doris, David, Leigh: Billy was one of a kind. He was a soldier for his country and a soldier for God--both honorable of mention. He was a perfect example of the "greatest generation", and we have no doubt that he is at peace with God in heaven. May you find comfort in his contributions to his country and his example of Christianity to others. Love to you all, Ron and Phyllis Dasher

August 18, 2010

Dear Mrs. Beard, David, Leigh and Steve,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Mr. Beard is with the Lord now and he knows how much each of you loved him.

Yours in Christ,

Steve and Sonia Terry

August 17, 2010

Dear Doris, David and Leigh,
Thinking of you today and keeping you close in heart. I am so thankful
to have known Billy. He was one of the most tenderhearted dear people ever.
Will never forget his sweet smile and of course his beautiful singing.
Love to you all, Diane Holaway