After 69 years of marriage, Roy and Esther Beard passed away peacefully within a few hours of each other on Sunday, April 23, 2023 in Copper Rock Village. Roy Edward Beard, 90 was born September 3, 1932 in Gainesville, Missouri, the son of Dennis and Nancy (Strong) Beard. Esther Mae (Ervin) Beard, 88 was born December 1, 1934 in Milford, Illinois, the daughter of Lee and Elizabeth (Waterstraat) Ervin. On March 27, 1954 Roy and Esther were united in marriage and to this union two daughters, Mary and Nancy, were born. Prior to their marriage Roy enlisted in the United States Army, serving 20 years before being honorably discharged. While enlisted they enjoyed being stationed in many beautiful locations from Alabama and Georgia to Maryland and New Jersey, but Okinawa was always a favorite. In 1971, Roy and Esther made their family home in Ozark, Missouri where they continued to live for the past 52 years. Roy and Esther were faithful members of the Sparta church of Christ where Roy was an elder. In addition to caring for her home and family Esther was a dedicated volunteer to the Girl Scouts, she just received her 45-year pin. Together Roy and Esther enjoyed camping and hiking during their travels to Colorado. When given the chance Roy loved spending time playing golf while Esther enjoyed spending her time in the kitchen cooking.
Roy and Esther are lovingly survived by two daughters, Mary Cockrill and husband Chris and Nancy Wiggins and husband Bryan; four grandchildren Jeremy Wiggins, Tiffany Hendricks and husband Ryan, Ben Cockrill and Brad Cockrill and wife April; five great grandchildren Hailey, Ian, Lydia, Kaia and Kelce; Roy’s sister Maxine Keith; Esther’s sister-in-law Shirley Ervin; many nieces, nephews and loving church friends.
Roy and Esther were both preceded in death by their parents, Esther was preceded in death by a sister Dorothy Demith and two brothers Lawrence and Donald Ervin.
Family graveside funeral services for Roy and Esther will be held 10:00 am Thursday, April 27, 2023 at Missouri Veterans Cemetery with full military honors under the care and direction of Barnes Family Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Wednesday evening, April 26, 2023 from 5:00 to 6:00 pm in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Sparta church of Christ, Fair Haven Children’s Home, or Least of These food pantry. Online condolences may be shared at www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com