Roy Beard Jr
Roy Beard, Junior, born the son of Roy Beard, Senior, and Lilac Gaston Beard, April 2, 1923, died on December 16, 2017. He will be reunited with his wife of over 54 years, Bonnie, who died 18 years ago. Dad was predeceased by his brother Bill, his sister-in-law Nancy, and his two dogs, Pat One and Pat Two. He is survived by his sons, Rick (Joellen) and Doug (Bobbie), five grandchildren, Sean, Christie Fortenberry, Jordan, Lauren Vandiver and Anna Coon, as well as ten great grandchildren and his nieces, Jana Shafer and Melanee Yielding.
Dad was a graduate of Little Rock (Central) High School, served in the military in World War II, and while stationed in D.C. met the love of his life, Bonnie Marie Lare. The first night he met Mother, he told his friend, “I am going to marry that girl.” On December 28, 1946, they were married.
Soon after their marriage they returned to Little Rock where Dad began a lifelong career in selling electrical supplies. In 1957, Mother and Dad opened, with two other partners, All Electric Supply in the old Lee Theater at 13th and Pine where he had ushered as a teenager. After a few years Mother and Dad bought out their partners and ultimately relocated the business to its current location on Westpark Drive. The business is in its 60th year and is owned and managed by third generation, Jordan Beard, Doug’s son.
Dad’s vocation was his business, his passion was his family, and his avocations were duck hunting, swimming, music, and movies. An avid duck hunter since his high school days, Dad’s greatest joy outside of his family was his time at Bull Sprig Duck Club. As a member since 1974, he spent many happy days there surrounded by his family and his two best friends, Hal Black and Jim Mecham.
When not duck hunting Dad was, for over 50 years, religiously swimming at the Racquet Club and the YMCA. He once swam the equivalent distance of the English Channel. On his 80th birthday he swam over a mile from his lake house to an island in Lake Hamilton. In the 1960’s, Mother and Dad rented their first cottage on Lake Hamilton, where the family learned to water ski. In later years they bought a house on Lake Hamilton where they enjoyed their retirement years.
Dad’s lifelong love of music began in his early days when he played the clarinet in the high school band. Dad could name the song, the singer, and the composer of any popular song from the Big Band Era. He would not just listen to the music, but would stand in front of the stereo and conduct the orchestra or the car radio as he drove his Cadillac. His license plate was “DUCKS,” and many tattletales called his sons with tales of his speeding down Mississippi.
Movies were another area of Dad’s personal expertise. He could tell you all of the details of any popular movie from the 1930’s, 1940’s, 1950’s, or 1960’s! But no one, including Dad, could accurately recall how many times he had seen his favorite movie, Inherit the Wind. Estimates range from five to in excess of a dozen.
The consummate salesman, Dad taught every male member of the family to always look people in the eye, offer a firm handshake, and call them by name! As one of Dad’s friends remarked, “Roy Beard was the only man enthusiastic about taking out the trash.”
A graveside service will be held on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in Oakland Cemetery, 2101 Barber Street, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72206.
Visitation following the service will be at the home of Joellen and Rick Beard.
The family asks that memorials be made to: CARE for Animals, 5516 Kavanaugh Blvd. LR, AR 72207, or Pulaski County Humane Society, 14600 Colonel Glenn Road, LR, AR 72210. Arrangements are under the direction of Ruebel Funeral Home, www.ruebelfuneralhome.com
"So many fond memories of growing up with Uncle Roy in my life....60+years of them. He will be missed by so many and he touched so many through his outgoing personality and zest for life. So thankful to have known him and to have loved him. "
Melanee Yielding | Ward, AR
"Uncle Roy was the kind of person everyone should have in their life. Fortunately he was in mine!!!! I love him and will miss him but am comforted to know he is in a better place."
Jana Shafer | Newport Beach, CA
"I am so, so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers, and have my deepest sympathy."
Sue Ellen Ray | North Little Rock, AR
"We are very sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
The Bruno Family"
Jay Bruno | Little Rock, AR
"To all of the Beard family I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Beard was just a great person who never met a stranger. He and my Dad were fraternity brothers at Little Rock High School and he was a good friend to my Dad and our family. I was fortunate to have sat in a duck blind and listened to some great stories from Mr. Roy and he will be missed. "
John Brooks Family | FAYETTEVILLE, AR
"My sympathy to Rick, Doug and the rest of Roy's family. It has been a long time since we have been in touch, but Roy was a special person and I know you will all miss him. I'm so sorry I will be in St. Louis on Thursday and unable to be with you for his service. Please know my thoughts are with you.
Fondly, Mary Dee "
Mary Dee Taylor | Little Rock, AR
"Doug and family,
What a mark this man made on mankind. Your buttons have to be popping off your chest in pride. One great thing: old duck hunters just fly away. I hope to get to visit with you soon to hear some of his "tales."
I know this will be a time for you and your family to celebrate his life. I am praying for you during this time of loss.
John "coach" McDaniel
john McDaniel | little Rock, AR
"Mr.Roy took two young kids under his wing in 1964 and taught them many valuable life lessons. We will always be grateful for the kindness and friendship Mr. Roy showed us.
Thoughts and prayers for all the family."
Bill and Sandra Lamb | Perryville
"My thoughts and prayers are with you all, in the loss of one so dear. Roy Beard and my dad, Jim Meacham shared a wonderful friendship and many adventures and memories. It touched my heart to have it mentioned in the obituary. Roy loved life, had a grand sense of humor, and was always ready to assist when I needed a helper in Little Rock. He loved his family and I know he will be missed by each of you. My love and sympathy. "
Diane Meacham Mahan | Paris, TN
"Doug and the Beard Family,I am sorry to hear of Mr Beards passing . I so enjoyed being around him and hear him speak of his friends and early experiences in business ."
Randy Davidson | Fayetteville, AR
"Rick, Doug and family- My late mom (then Virginia Arnold) graduated from Little Rock High School with your father. I remember her speaking of him fondly more than once over the years and again when she prepared her speech for the 50th reunion. Since having attended Hall with Doug and having worked these many years with Rick, I know the caliber of parent he must have been. We mourn with you and pray for his soul.
Chip and Cheryl Welch"
Chip Welch | Little Rock, AR
"It's with great sadness that I learned of Roy's passing today. He was such a pillar of what a man should be. My husband, Ken admired Roy as a fatherly figure as he took Ken under his wings in the late 70's at All Electric. He parted out a station wagon to my family as it grew because he did not want my girls riding in the back seat of my Firebird. Such a kind sole will be missed but now reunited with Ms. Bonnie "
Cathy Shelton | Sherwood, AR
"Doug, to you and your family I want to express my sincere sorrow that you have lost your dad. I remember so many conversations with him before and after he would swim in the 50 meter pool at the LRRC. I even remember visiting with him when we were in high school at your house. He was always so friendly, kind and upbeat about everything. I know you will miss him not only because he was your dad, but because he was such a great person. My thoughts are with you and your family."
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Anne Benkovitz Magee | Little Rock, AR
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