Thursday, March 1, 2007
Potts Camp alderman dies at 53
By SUE WATSON
Potts Camp alderman Al Beard will be laid to rest Saturday, following memorial services at Potts Camp gymnasium at noon, according to his brother James Beard.
The 53-year-old Beard suffered a stroke January 29 and a second stoke the same week while under medical care at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was transferred to Trinity Mission Health and Rehab where he died February 24.
Beard had served five and a half years in office, according to alderman Joan Cox.
“Al meant a lot to the board and will be missed,” Cox said. “He was a great asset. He was strictly for the town and people of Potts Camp. He tried to help the town in any way he could. He worked with the kids at the park and did a great job there.”
Beard took great interest in Potts Camp Dizzy Dean baseball and served as coach for about four years and was active in the Marshall County league, according to Janice Wagg.
“He cared for the children and thought it important that the children be involved,” Wagg said. “He was very supportive of this league.”
Potts Camp Mayor Jimmie Collins echoed these statements.
“Al, by being in a small town, he was like everybody else here,” said Collins. “He had Potts Camp at heart.”
Beard would go out of his way to help anyone in the town, Collins said.
“He was good to kids at the ball park and any church in the community would speak highly of him,” the mayor said. “You don’t find an Al Beard every day.”
Beard is the father of two boys, Josh, 19, and Alex, 12, and the husband of the late Anita Beard, who was employed at the Marshall County Circuit Clerk’s Office.
Beard was a member of the board of deacons at Reid’s Gift Baptist Church in Potts Camp.
He was the son of the late Jim Beard and Sarah Lee Porter Beard, and the brother of Ernest James, Clarence and Curtis Beard and Emmitt Nickson. Beard left three sisters, Lilly B. Hannah, Shirley Dean and Linda K. Sanders.
Beard was employed with Southeastern Trucklines in Memphis where he had been a truck driver and most recently served as security guard following an accident, according to James Beard. He was employed there 13 years.
Beard attended Potts Camp School where he played on the basketball team. In his junior year, 1973, the team won the state championship and went back for the grand slam and lost, James Beard said.
In his youth, Al Beard enjoyed fishing with his friend, Ray McGraw.
Funeral visitation is scheduled for Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Reid’s Gift Church in Potts Camp with memorial services Saturday at noon in the gym.
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