Biography of

Raymond Cameron Beard


Born 21 May 1927, East Beckley, Raleigh, WV
Died 14 Mar 1979, Portsmouth City, VA
Married Ella Virginia Upton, 7 Jul 1950

Raymond Cameron Beard (Ray) worked as welder in Navy Yard in Portsmouth, VA.  He attended school in Daniels, WV and Shady Springs.  He went to Berea College in Berea, KT.  He worked with Boy Scouts - 15 years was Scout master 5 years.  Member of the Moose Lodge #898 - 30 years.


Children Born
Donald Ray Beard 26 Apr 1951
Gail Luella Beard 27 Apr 1952
Lynette Faye Beard 18 Oct 1961

Ralph Beard (Center) with brother Guy and brother Ray Beard.  Unknown Year (about 1942)


Ray Beard, Circa 1977

Circa 1956.  Ray, Ella, Donald and Gail Beard

Ray, Ella, Donald and Gail Beard

Pine Bluff, AR, 1976.  Guy, Ralph and Ray Beard

Last Visit----


Ray and Ella Beard - Wedding Day.  Courtesy Barbara Beard Kerchner.



Obituary - Ray Cameron Beard - 51 of Chesapeake, VA died Wednesday, March 21, 1979, in a Portsmouth Hospital.  he was a native of West Virginia.  He was a ship fitter inspector at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, were he worked 33 years. He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II.  He was a member of Court Street Baptist Church, member of the Portsmouth Moose Lodge 898 and assistant scout master of Boy Scout Troop 215.  Surviving are his wife, Ella U. Beard, two daughters, Mrs. Gail L. Montgomery of Portsmouth, VA and Miss Lynette Faye Beard, at home; a son Donald R. Beard of Chesapeake, two brothers; Ralph J. Beard of Dallas Pennsylvania and Guy W. Beard of Leslie, Arkansas, and a granddaughter.  Funeral services were held Friday in Snellings Funeral Home Chapel at Portsmouth by Dr. Wilbur l. Kersey.  Boy Scouts of Troop 215 were pallbearers.  Burial was in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.