RICHARD HOWARD BEARD age 93 of Crossville, TN passed away June 12, 2024. He was born October 29, 1931 in Detroit, MI the son of Lewis Howard and Jessie Mae Hitchcock Beard. He graduated from Mackenzie High School in Detroit and served our country in the Army Corp of Engineers in Korea from 1952-1953. In 193, he married Betty Eley and worked with the Arrow Uniform Company as a member of the Teamsters Union 299. Richard was also a member of the Masonic and Shriners, having made over 100 trips from Crossville, TN to Lexington, KY, transporting children to the Shriners Hospital there. He and his good friend and fellow Shriner, Tom Baily truly enjoyed the work they gave to the community with the Shriners.

He is survived by his life partner- Elinor (Ellie) Parker of Crossville, TN, sons- Steven Beard and Jeffery Beard both of Ypsilanti, MI, grandchildren- Jesse Beard and his wife Wendy of Garden City, MI and Sarah Beard of Whitmore Lake, MI and several other grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife- Betty Beard in 2012 and daughter- Jane Beard in 2003.

Burial will be Saturday June 22, 2024 at 2pm at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy, MI. A Celebration of Life service will be announced at a later date.


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