GASTONIA, N.C. -- Mr. Clarence Edward Beard, 75, of 2749 Amber Crest Dr., Gastonia, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, at Brian Center, Gastonia.
The funeral will be 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Mt. Pleasant AME Zion Church in Gastonia. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
A native of York County, Mr. Beard was a son of the late Brooks Beard and Ophelia Wright Beard.
Mr. Beard is survived by his daughters, Chyne "Peaches" Beard of the home, Chyrell Beard, Helen B. Blake and Shirley Gingles (Balious) of Gastonia; a son, Richard Edward Beard (Madihah) of Union City, Calif.; sisters, Katie McCombs (Clarence) of Gasonia, Helena Adams (Ervin) of Clover, Betty Johnson (Rev. I.J.) and Jessie Faye Wilson of Toledo, Ohio; brothers, Billy Beard of Statesville, N.C. and Ned Beard (Rosemary) of Gastonia; a very special granddaughter, Ardejah "Dee Dee" Beard of the home; a special and devoted cousin, Rev. Georgia B. Guest of Shelby, N.C.; his former wife, Mary Beard of Gastonia; nine granddchildren; eight great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
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In addition to his parents, Mr. Beard was preceded in death by his sisters, Annie Mae Cathcart and Pearl Davis; and brother, Johnny Lee Beard.
The family will receive friends at the church from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
Costner Funeral Home in Gastonia is assisting the family.