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Passed Away: Friday, July 19, 2013
James Ray Beard

On Wednesday, July 17, 2013, Mr. James Ray Beard departed this life in the comforts of his home in Lansing, Michigan.  James Ray was the fifth of six children born to Louis and Amy Beard on March 29, 1944 in Brookhaven, Mississippi.

James Ray accepted Christ at an early age, attending New Hope Baptist Church.  He graduated from Eva Harris High School in Brookhaven, Mississippi class of 1961.  He was an exceptional student, voted both class president and valedictorian.  After graduation James Ray enlisted in the United States Navy where he served eight years.  During which time he was awarded with “Good Conduct” and “Defense” medals.  After receiving an honorable discharge, James Ray joined the Navy Reserves and served his country another two years.   Following the Navy Reserves he traveled from state to state. He was employed  at Dart Transit in Dallas, Texas for 10 years, before retiring and settling in Lansing, Michigan.  James Ray was a quiet man, who enjoyed a simple life.  He was an avid sports fan, who enjoyed watching sports on television, listening to music, and spending time with his friends.  To know him, was to love him.

He leaves to cherish his memory his sons, Jefferey (Veronica) Arnold of Lansing, Michigan, James Ray Beard, Jr., and John Beard both of Norfolk, Virginia; daughters, Katrice (Daral) Dennis of Norfolk, Virginia, Amy Elizabeth-Nicole Beard of Columbus, Ohio; grandchildren, Jerron (Torena) Arnold, Jeremi (Deneara) Arnold of Lansing, Michigan; sisters, Latrell Sanders and Eddie Jean Beard of Brookhaven, Mississippi, Anita Collins of Chicago, Illinois; and many other grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives, and friends.


James Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Amy Beard, brother, Louis Beard, Jr.

March 29, 1944
July 17, 2013
Date/Time:  Friday, July 26, 2013 - 11:00 a.m. - Family Hour
Location: New Community Tabernacle Church of God in Christ
Address:  1726 West Jolly Road
City/State:  Lansing, Michigan
Phone:  (517) 394-8109
Service Plans
Date/Time:  Friday, July 26, 2013 - 12:00 p.m.
Location:  New Community Tabernacle Church of God in Christ
Address:  1726 West Jolly Road
City/State:  Lansing, Michigan
Phone: (517) 394-8109
Eulogist:  Pastor Douglas McKitty
Interment:  Ft. Custer National Cemetery


Margaret Beard
September 12th, 2014 9:14 pm
To the family of Mr. James Beard, I send my condolences to you all this difficult time, may you throw all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you- 1 Peter 5:7...
Darrell Bernard Tims
November 24th, 2013 11:21 am
I met Ray in 1980. Immediately I took to him. He treated me as a little brother. Taught me alot about life. I was 21 at the time. I just happened to put his name in the internet and his obituary came up. I miss you. When I get to heaven, I'm gonna look for James Ray Beard. R.I.P.
marian ballard james
July 28th, 2013 1:21 pm
To Ray's family with deepest sympathy for your loss, every memory and tear should be a celebration of a life well lived. I will all ways see him getting on the school bus with a smile on his face.
Edna M.Plinkney
July 25th, 2013 6:57 pm
May God bless you and give you comfort.
annie louise may walker
July 23rd, 2013 9:08 pm
to know Ray ways to love him ,I know God loved him best ,so sorry family,I was his childhood sweetheart,he was great funny person,who did have A lot of down times with GOD in the last year may God keep you in prefect peace !!
Elder Eugene Murchison
July 23rd, 2013 6:26 am
The Lord will see you thru this and comfort you in a time as this...HE is your rock, strong tower, and leanig post. God will take care of you
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