Funeral services for Jim Beard, of Knoxville, were held on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at the Bybee & Davis Funeral Home with Dean Dykstra and Leslie Pountney, officiating. Jim was cremated following the services. Music was shared by Joe Coleman and Edwin and Lynette Galloway with Wanda Coleman as accompanist. Selections included; “There is a Kingdom”, “My Refuge and Hope” and “In Jesus’ Hands”.
James Clement Beard was born Dec. 25, 1940, in Des Moines, the son of Milo Merlin Beard and Dorothy Elizabeth (Edwards) Beard.
Jim was raised in Knoxville and graduated from Knoxville High School with the Class of 1958. He then attended St. Ambrose College for two years before returning to Knoxville. On June 3, 1962, he was united in marriage to Gloria Hancock. The couple has always made Knoxville their home. Jim worked for Gamble’s Store on the Knoxville square for a few years, before taking a job with Century Manufacturing. He sold welding equipment for 30 years for Century and in 1993 he went to work for Vermeer Manufacturing. In 2009, Jim retired.
He was an avid fan of the Knoxville raceway and even sponsored a sprint car. Jim also had an artistic side; he crafted metal sculptures and drew caricatures. Many people will also remember Jim as a dice magician. His greatest joy in life was his family, especially his two granddaughters.
Jim passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at his home, with his family by his side, at the age of 72 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Mary Jo Rahe and LaVohn Barbour and his brother, Mike.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Gloria; son, James of Knoxville; daughter, Barbara (Butch) Greer of Kellogg; granddaughters, Kayli and Sophie; siblings: Patricia (Ken) Reddick of Arden Hills, Minn., Thomas Beard (Carol Rowland) of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; sister-in-law, Lou Ann Beard of Knoxville; brother-in-law, James Rahe Jr. of Pleasantville and many other family members and friends.
For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to H.C.I. Care Services or to the National Kidney Foundation. Online condolences may be left at BertrandFuneralHomes.com.