Mr. Charles F. 'Ted' Beard Jr.

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Charles F. "Ted" Beard Jr., 77, of Panama City, Fla., passed away Friday, Dec. 5, 2008, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born in Port St. Joe, Fla., and lived in Panama City for the past 36 years. Ted retired after 44 years and 10 months at St. Joe Paper Co. as maintenance supervisor. He was an outspoken, true-blue and orange Gator fan, and enjoyed spending time with his family and buddies. Ted loved playing golf, and built and repaired clubs for himself and his friends.

Survivors include his wife, Lita Beard of Panama City; children, Charles F. Beard III and wife, September, of Tallahassee, Fla., Melissa King and husband, Tim, of Panama City, Beverly Maddox of Panama City and Anthony Beard and wife, Stephanie, of Atlanta; a sister, Willie Lee Bagwell and husband, Charles, of Michigan; and eight grandchildren, Zachary King, Elle, Anna and Christine Beard, Kirt and Christian Tarrant, Sevrin Beard and Jaaleea Mayo.

Funeral services will be held at noon Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, at the Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. David Lloyd officiating. Entombment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Prior to services, the family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to noon at the funeral home. Asked to serve as pallbearers are John Lathrop, John Meeks, Robert Stewart, Tim King, Charles Beard III and Jeffrey Lawson. Honorary bearers will be Bruce Josten, Luther McDonald, Louis Catrett, Len Hartley Sr. and Bill George.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either the or to Hospice of the Emerald Coast.

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