Earnest Beard was born on September 2, 1955, to Willie Mae and Clyde Beard. He graduated from Washington High School. He went to the military service directly out of high school. He rose in the ranks of Sergeant while in the Army. He received an honorable discharge upon leaving the service. He resided in St. Louis, MO and Springfield, Illinois, before returning to Caruthersville, Missouri when his vision began to diminish.
Earnest was baptized at an early age at Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church and learned to accept Christ later in his life. Even though Earnest was blind for over 30 years, he didn’t let his blindness make him bitter or stop him from enjoying his life. He loved to travel with his family on vacations and reunions. He loved sitting on the front porch and speaking to everyone that called his name. He could definitely recognize voices!!! Even in the hospital, when the nurses called his name, he knew who they were. He was an avid Caruthersville Tiger fan. He listened to every game on the radio.
Earnest departed this life on Thursday, November 28, 2019, at his home surrounded by family and friends on Thanksgiving Day. He had just left Methodist Germantown Hospital in Memphis, TN, the day before, where he was surrounded by nurses that loved him. We appreciated all that cared for him during his stay.
To cherish his memories, he leaves behind one loving sister, Birdie Bell of Caruthersville, Missouri, whom he loved ever so dearly and who took care of him after his blindness for 30 plus years, his aunt Daisy Harrell of Jackson, Michigan; a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends. Earnest was proceeded in death by his mother Willie Mae Beard, his sister Dorothy James, and three brothers John Henry Hill, David Beard, and Clyde Beard.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 7 at 12:00 p.m. at the New Life Pentecostal Power Deliverance Temple with Bishop Tommy Cobb officiating. Interment in Magnolia Cemetery.
Pall bearers: Calvirge Watkins, III, Chaz Watkins, Lamonte Bell, Jr, Billy Joe Cobb, Sr., Billy Joe Cobb, Jr, Christopher Bryant
H.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services.