Funeral services for Donald Gene Beard, 71, will be Tuesday afternoon September 2, at 2 p.m. at the New Hope Free Will Baptist Church in Lone Grove with the Reverend David Gardner officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery. A time of visitation and support for the family will be held from 6 till 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home from 6 till 7 p.m.
The son of the late Hays and Frankie Hunter Beard, Don was born August 28, 1942, in Cushing and passed away on August 27, 2014, following an auto accident in Ardmore.
A graduate of Cushing High School class of 1960, he joined the US Army in June and served four years. He was honorably discharged in 1964. He and the former Joyce Kay Lauderdale were married January 28, 1966, in Cushing and they later moved to Ardmore in 1972. Joyce preceded him in death October 15, 1990. He was also preceded in death by his son Brian Beard and brothers Thomas Wayne and Leslie Hays Beard.
Don married the former Sondra Bray Reaves in 2002. They had many happy years together and enjoyed taking long rides on their Harley.
Don retired from Valero Refinery in 2006 where he had worked in the pump shop and the warehouse.
He was an avid hunter and loved playing music. He taught himself to play the harmonica. He and Sondra enjoyed going and watching high school softball and football. He was a member of the American Iron Riders.
Don is survived by his wife, Sondra of the home; daughter, Lori Buchholz, and her husband John of Lone Grove; son, Kevin Beard also of Lone Grove; sister, Dathyl Feather of Apache Junction, Arizona; stepchildren, Robyn Dickinson, Christy Reaves, Amanda Brackett and Christopher Reaves. His grandchildren Cody Smith, Casey Buchholz, Tanner Beard, Paige Reaves, Jade Blackman, Lance and Lexie Brackett also survive him.
Pallbearers will be Steve Price, Troy Dodd, Danny Johnson, Brad Scott, Frankie Cleghorn, Steve Howard and David Thomason. Honorary bearers will be Harold Lee, L. D. Mayton, Albert Topetchy, Jake Whatley, David Pulis, Eddie Scott, Donnie Alsobrook, and his Valero crew.
Memorial condolences may be made online at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.
Services are under the direction of Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home and Crematory.