Joe Ray Beard

Born on March 17, 1936

BAY CITY - Joe Ray Beard, 78, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on April 29, 2014 in Matagorda Regional Medical Center, Bay City, Texas. Joe was born on March 17, 1936 in Palacios, Texas to Joe Everett and Alice Lucille Gillespie Beard. Joe was a member of Blessing American Legion Cecil Lee Post #649. He ran track in high school and with Victoria College which he received awards and medals. Joe enjoyed farming most of his life when he was not driving 18 wheelers. You might even catch him dancing and singing in the church choir. One of his favorite past times was an occasional road trip with his Family. They could end up down by the bay or just searching for the perfect pot of gold. He always had the luck of the Irish since he was born on St. Patrick Day.
Joe was preceded in death by his Father & Mother, Joe Everett & Alice Lucille Gillespie Beard; Brother: Everett Lee Beard; Sisters: Margaret Lucille Beard; Alice Jeanette Partain; Stepson Brian Leslie West. Joe is survived by his wife of 18 years, Imogene Rose Beard; children; Beth Yablon, Barbie (Tom) Dearman; step children; Sandra Gayle West; Scott Alan West, Grandchildren; Natalie Yablon, Caroline Yablon, Reagan Yablon and Lillie Yablon; Ruth Dearman, Josh Dearman, Sister Thelma Holloway, Brothers; Donnie Beard & wife Carol Ann; Lonnie Beard & wife Rosalie; Thomas Beard & wife Mary Kay; Joe is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 3:00 PM Friday, May 2, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church in Palacios with Rev. David King officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM Thursday at the Palacios Funeral Home.
Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home (361) 972-2012.
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