Biography of

Harry Franklin Beard


Born 10 Aug 1909, Beard, Pocahontas, WV
Died 23 Oct 1933, Marlinton, Pocahontas, WV
Married Alice Louise Barlow, 01 Jul 1928; b 16 Dec 1913 Huntersville, Pocahontas, WV; d 11 Aug 2003, Hillsboro, Pocahontas County, WV


Harry Franklin Beard died at age 26 years from fatal injuries in an automobile accident.  While passing a loaded truck, the car left the road and struck a fence post.  His widow, Alice Louise Barlow, remarried Alfred Edgar McNeel, by which she had one son and two daughters.


Hillsboro 7 -- June 2006

1925 Hillsboro High School Yearbook "The Echo" - Freshmen identified are Clarence Cochran, Harry Smith, Margie Pyles, Herbert Hill, George R. Moore, Maud Beard, Lina Browning, Arthur Gladwell, Helen Walton, Alda Newman, Edith Newman, Ethel Beard, Catherine Moore, Denleigh Collins, Monta Carlisle, Ozalia Alderman, Ethel May, Lawson Hill, Hollis Wade, Margaret McNeel, Charles Smith, Lee Payne, Harold Stillwell, Katherine Hiner, Elmita Rogers, Frank Beard, Willa Dorman, Eula C. May.


Obituary : Harry Franklin Beard, Aged 26 years, and James Melvin Loudermilk, aged 22 years, were fatally injured in an automobile wreck at Marvin Chapel, near Millpoint, Saturday afternoon, October 28, 1933.  Both young men suffered fractured skulls and both died a few hours later at the Pocahontas Memorial Hospital.  In passing a loaded truck, the car grazed a hub.   This caused the car to leave the road.  It struck a fence post and fell back upon the unfortunate men.

On Saturday afternoon, the funeral of Mr. Loudermilk was held from the Hillsboro Methodist Church by his pastor, Rev. Mr. Reynolds.  Burial in the McNeel graveyard at Buckeye.  He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Rena Kelley, and two sisters, Loy and Thelma.  His father, William Loudermilk, died some years ago.

On Monday afternoon, the funeral of Mr. Beard was conducted from the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.C.Beard at Hillsboro, by his pastor Rev. Marlin Curry.  Burial in the Oak Grove Cemetery.  he is survived by his wife, who was Miss Louise Barlow, daughter of Isaac Barlow, of Huntersville.

Louise Barlow McNeel, age 90, of Hillsboro, died at her home on Monday, August 11, 2003.  Born at Huntersville on December 16, 1913, she was the daughter of the late Samuel Isaac and Mabel Wagner Barlow.   She was preceded in death by her first husband, Frank Beard, and her second husband, Alfred Edgar McNeel; one son, George Cameron Edgar McNeel; four sisters, Madeline McComb, Myrtle Atkins, Juanita Patterson, Evelyn Williams; and one brother, Frank Barlow.   Louise is survived by her daughters, Anne Alderman, of Hillsboro, and Elizabeth Syka, of Charlottesville, Virginia; two sisters, Nell Shrader, of Hillsboro, and Lucille Burns, of Marlinton; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  She was a member of the Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, Hillsboro, Extension Homemakers Club, Library Board member, Cranberry Piecemakers Quilting Guild, County Senior Citizens' Board, Women's Circle, Pearl S. Buck Birthplace, WV Federation of Pocahontas Democratic Women, and Hillsboro Community Education Outreach Service. As well as numerous hours dedicated to community service, Louise had also been involved in Presbyterian Women of the Church, County Historical Society, Hillsboro Town Council, Pocahontas County Development Authority, and Board of Directors of First National Bank in Marlinton.  Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. by the Rev. Lucy Youngblood in the Oak Grove Presbyterian Church at Hillsboro.  Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers it is requested that memorial donations be made to the Hillsboro Public Library.  Visitation will be at Van-Reenen Funeral Home in Marlinton from 7 to 9 pm on Thursday night.

McNeel - Beard - Ronceverte - Alfred Edgar McNeel and Mrs. Louise Barlow Beard, both of Hillsboro, were married in the manse in Ronceverte on July 17, 1943, by Rev. Edward Agsten, officiating minister.