James Arville Beard, 77, of McGehee, passed away on April 10, 2016 in Hot Springs.
He was a graduate of Northeast Louisiana University where he received a degree in pharmacy. He married Ann Andrews August 31, 1963 in Monroe, Louisiana. He was a member of Saint Mary’s Catholic Church of McGehee, a member of Kappa Alpha Order Fraternity and a retired pharmacist from Wal-Mart Pharmacy in Greenville, Mississippi. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, fishing, and going to the horse races.
Mr. Beard was born on September 26, 1938 in Iota, Louisiana and was the son of Arville and Earnestine (Cart) Beard.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Hershal Beard, Hillery Beard and Harold Beard.
He is survived by his wife Ann Andrews Beard of McGehee; two sons, Jay Beard of Springdale and Beau Beard and wife Shea Beard of McGehee; a brother Leonard Beard and wife Karen Beard of Crowley, Louisiana; a sister, Elizabeth (Sis) Gardiner and husband Tommy of Crowley, Louisiana; three grandchildren, Jack, Anna Claire, Mary Stewart Beard; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation is April 14 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Griffin-Culpepper Funeral Service in McGehee with Rosary following at 7 p.m.
Funeral services will be held on April 15 at 11 a.m. at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in McGehee. Burial will be at McGehee Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Philip Cingolani, Danny Day, Jr., Scott Day, Barry Dopson, Michael Efird, and Andy Gill. Honorary Pallbearers will be Bill Bowman, Larry Bratton, Freddie Cummings, Raymond Day, Hayden Harper, Jr., Bill Hodge, Billie Joe Myers, Johnny Lauve, Steve Simpson, and Charlie Turner.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38105 or Paws and Claws Humane Society of McGehee, P.O. Box 975, McGehee, AR 71654.