Updated: Wed 1:48 PM, Feb 05, 2014
December 28, 1917 – January 18, 2014
Billy E. Beard, 96, of Deming, NM, and formerly of Bryan, went to be with his Lord on Saturday, January 18, 2014. A time for family to receive friends will be from 9:30 am to 10:30 am with a funeral service beginning at 10:30 am on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Bethel Lutheran Church, 4421 Boonville Rd., Bryan, TX, with Pastor Randall Bard officiating. Interment will follow at Rest-Ever Cemetery.
Billy was born on December 28, 1917; to Lena May (Walker) and Joseph Aaron Beard in Liberty, Texas. He graduated from Liberty High School. He served in the Army Air Corps from 1941-1945. In 1942 he married Edna Catherine Williams. Billy attended Hinds Junior College, and was admitted to the School of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M in 1947. He served as an appraiser for the Texas Veteran’s Land Board, ran for Texas Agricultural Commissioner in 1952. Billy farmed and ranched in Brazos County in the late 50’s, drilled for oil in Guatemala until 1962, owned Beard Pump Service from 1962-82, and served as Brazos County Commissioner from 1980-88, after which he retired to Deming, NM where he raised horses, pigs, quail, rabbits, emus, gardened and had a small pistachio orchard.
Billy was an active member of First United Methodist Church, Bryan. He was also involved with the Historical Society-Boonville Cemetery, Keep Brazos Beautiful, Humane Society, Shriners, Kiwanis, American Legion, VFW, Lions Club, and loved to hunt and fish.
He is preceded in death by his wife Edna, and son Billy E. Beard, Jr.
Billy leaves behind his loving wife of nine years, Maria J. Beard; a son, Robert and daughter-in-law Fran; two stepdaughters, Erica and Marisol, two stepsons, Angel and Chano; and eight grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice Brazos Valley.
Please share your memories and tributes to Billy at www.hillierfuneralhome.com.