Just imagine his expression when, after years of blindness, Pappy looked up and saw the face of his Lord and Savior and the words, "Welcome home, son," fell upon no longer deafened ears. Although his earthly voice had now grown silent, there was no doubt he was singing with the angels as he entered the gates of Heaven on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, surrounded by family and friends. Services for Jack "Pappy" Beard will be on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Tyler Memorial Funeral Home with Dr. Jay Lockhart and Bro. Sherman Mayfield officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Jack Trafford Beard was born Dec. 20, 1914, to Minor Moses and Suda Clymer Beard in Chandler. He was the middle child of three brothers and one sister. He grew up in the Martin Springs community south of Chandler and graduated from Brownsboro High School, going on to attend Henderson County Junior College.
After serving in the Army in the 36th Texas Division as a medic in France, Italy, North Africa and Germany during World War II and receiving the Purple Heart among other medals and honors, Jack went on to become an accomplished home builder. He married his lifelong friend, Zeffie Elner Worsham, in 1945 and in the following years, they welcomed a son and a daughter. He was a member of Whitehouse Church of Christ. Pappy had a green thumb and could always be found planting, pulling weeds or just "playing in the dirt," providing tomatoes, peas, squash and other produce for the entire family and all his friends. Although his sight prevented him from gardening in his later years, we have faith he is already plowing up his fall patch in Heaven and it will be a harvest fit for the King!
Jack was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Tom, Pat and Bruce; and his sister, Murl Stokes. He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Zeffie Beard, of Chandler; his son and daughter-in-law, James and Cindy Beard, of Whitehouse; his daughter and son-in-law, Betty and David Hubbard, of Chandler; four grandchildren, Tennille Gentry and husband Chad, James Jack Hubbard and wife Lis, Cody Beard and Austin James Hubbard; stepgranddaughter, Lauri Dillman; three great-grandchildren, Grant, Scarlett and Garrett Gentry; stepgreat-granddaughter, Lissie Malcolm; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Burial will be in the Veterans section of Tyler Memorial Park Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be James Hubbard, Austin Hubbard, Cody Beard, Chad Gentry, Robert Weesner and Glenn Duncan.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Stringer, Terry Warren, James Surber, Jim Whitt and David Weesner.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Whitehouse Church of Christ Building Fund, 201 Texas Highway 110 South, Whitehouse, 75791; The Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, 75701; or Texas Wounded Warrior, 4301 Fillbrook Lane, Tyler, 75707.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Aug. 26, 2014