Bobby L. Beard, 86, of Columbia, died Friday, September 15, 2023 at 10:55 p.m. at The Medical Center in Bowling Green.
He was born October 10, 1936 in Adair County to the late Artis ‘Bud’ and Etta Burris Beard. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Larry Hutchison, and the following brothers and sisters, Alfred, Davis, Holland, George and JR Beard, Christine Bell Gabbert, Opal Murphy, Doris Romans, Peggy Kean and Lovie Vertrees.
Bobby was a member of Columbia Baptist Church, serving as Deacon, Trustee, Transportation Committee Member and in any capacity that was needed. He was a former truck driver and drove a bus for Lindsey Wilson College.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Wanda Young Beard of Columbia; one daughter, Cheri Hutchison of Columbia; one son, Ken Beard (Jami) of Somerset; five grandchildren, Wes Hutchison (Ashley), Ross Hutchison (Mallory), Paige Nickel (Derek), Austin Beard and Chadd Beard; nine great-grandchildren, Parker Nickel, Amelia Nickel, Henry Hutchison, Noah Hutchison, Oliver Hutchison, Hallie Hutchison, Kinley Popplewell, Ryder Beard and Evelyn Beard; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at Columbia Baptist Church with Bro. Randy Johnson and burial in Columbia Cemetery.
Casket bearers were Wes Hutchison, Ross Hutchison, Derek Nickel, Austin Beard, Charles Grimsley, Larry Beard and David Martin.
Honorary casket bearers were the deacons of Columbia Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a donation to Columbia Baptist Church, which can be left at the funeral home or church.
Grissom-Martin Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.