Harold "Charlie" Charles Beard
LAFAYETTE - A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 11:00 AM at Fountain Memorial Funeral Home in Lafayette for Harold "Charlie" Charles Beard, 81, who died Friday, June 22, 2012 at Magnolia Estates Nursing Home in Lafayette.
Interment immediately following in Fountain Memorial Cemetery in Lafayette.
Father Gilbert Dutel from St. Edmond Roman Catholic Church and Father Gary Schexnayder from St. Michael Church will officiate.
Harold was born Saturday, August 2, 1930 in Branch and was a lifetime resident of Acadiana. A proud veteran, he served as a EN-3 in the U.S. Navy
during the Korean Conflict
. He retired after 40 years of dedicated service as a Pipe Line Supervisor for Columbia Gulf Transmission. Harold was a parishioner of St. Edmond Roman Catholic Church in Lafayette.
Mr. Beard was active in his community and was a member of the Naval Mine Warfare Association, a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post 6720 and a member of The American Legion Post 0015 in Crowley. Charlie served aboard the USS LST 735 and the USS Triumph as a Mine Sweeper. He was awarded the Navy Occupation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Award.
Charlie is survived by his beloved wife of 29 years, Dona Jo Beard of Lafayette; his three sons, Patrick W. Beard, his wife Bonnie, of Troy, NY, Van E. Beard, his wife Lisa, of Winter Park, FL, James Beard of Youngsville; one daughter, Laurie A. Petro, her husband, Greg, of Lafayette; one sister, Elizabeth "Sis" Gardiner, her husband, Tommy of Crowley; two brothers, Leonard R. Beard, his wife, Karen of Crowley, James Beard, his wife Ann, of McGehee, AK; five grandchildren and numerous dear nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arville Beard and the former Ernestine Cart; two brothers, Hillery "Boo" Beard and Hershel Beard; one daughter-in-law, Kathy Beard and one grandson, Steven Beard.
Visitation will be observed at Fountain Memorial Funeral Home on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM and resumes Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at 9:00 AM until time of services.
A rosary will be recited Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 7:00 PM in the Fountain Memorial Funeral Home chapel.
Pallbearers will be Leonard R. Beard, Douglas Beard, Greg Petro, Lee Roy "Rod" King, Christopher Gardiner and Don Carter.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Kemp Coreil, the staff of Hospice Compassus and his care givers, Louise Guidry, Mona and Norma Hooper for the compassionate care given to Charlie and his family.
Online obituary and guestbook may be viewed at www.fountainmemorialfuneralhome.com
Fountain Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery of Lafayette, 1010 Pandora St., (337) 981-7098 is in charge of arrangements.