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Paul William Beard


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Paul William Beard Obituary
Paul William Beard, 87, of Westminster, died peacefully at home on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014.
Born May 17, 1926, in Westminster, he was the son of the late John Paul William and Anna Marie Engler Beard. He was the husband of Bernice Talbott Beard, his wife of 65 years.
A lifelong resident of Carroll County, he graduated from Westminster High School in 1943 and attended Western Maryland College.
His entire career was with the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co. He first served as a cable splicer and lineman outdoors. Then he worked in the Central Office in Westminster as Central Office Repairman and Long Distance Technician. He retired in 1986 after 38 years.
He was a conscientious objector during World War II and served from 1944-46 in civilian public service camps for the U.S. Forest Service at Kane, Pa., and Cascade Locks, Ore. He was a forest firefighter and timber cruiser at Cascade Locks, Ore.
Through his work with the John Beard genealogy, he found and reunited relatives in Chile and the United States. He traveled extensively with his wife by motor home.
He was an active member of the Westminster Church of the Brethren. He designed and installed the sound system in the sanctuary, including amplification for persons needing hearing assistance. He served as deacon and as Wagonmaster of the Church Camping Group.
He was a past member of the Family Motor Coach Association and of the Holiday Rambler Recreational Club.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Jeffrey Paul Beard and daughter-in-law, Nancy Jean Donelson Beard of Orlando, Fla.; two sisters, Hazel Beard Guyer and Elsie Beard Lowry, both of Quincy, Pa., and a sister-in-law, Pearl Eicher Beard of Taneytown.
He was predeceased by a brother, Harold Engler Beard.
The family will receive friends on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. at Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel, 412 Washington Road, Westminster, and also one hour prior to the service, on Friday, at the church.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at the Westminster Church of the Brethren, Bond Street and Park Place, with his pastor, Rev. Glenn McCrickard officiating. Interment will take place in Meadow Branch Cemetery following the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Westminster Church of the Brethren, 1 Park Place, Westminster, Md. 21157.
Online condolences may be made at:
www.prittsfuneralhome.com
Published in Waynesboro Record Herald on Feb. 6, 2014
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