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Carl J Beard

Carl J Beard


Carl J Beard, born on August 14, 1940, in Detroit, MI, to Roy and Pearl Beard, peacefully passed away on December 16, 2023, at Stuart F Meyer Hospice House in Palm Coast, FL. He was surrounded by loved ones as he embarked on his final journey.


Carl, one of 13 siblings, spent his formative years in Romulus, MI. His remarkable life was marked by an unwavering commitment to service, a love for family, and a passion for community.


A distinguished member of the US Army's 101st Airborne Unit at Fort Bragg, NC, Carl was a proud Screaming Eagle Plane Jumper. Following his military service, he dedicated over 35 years to Ford Motor Co as a U.A.W Auto Worker, where he also served as the Benefits Representative.


Affectionately known as Buster or Uncle Buster, Carl wore many hats in his lifetime. He served as the mayor of Forrer St. in Detroit, MI, for over three decades, leaving an indelible mark on his community. Carl was also a Deacon at Deeper Life Gospel Center in Redford, Michigan under Pastor Wade Bell Sr.


Carl found joy in the simple pleasures of life. He loved to travel, play cards, and showcase his culinary skills. His warm and welcoming nature earned him the titles of a great husband, dad, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.


In his 45-year marriage to Loucinda Beard, Carl was a devoted partner. Together, they weathered the storms of life and created a loving family. He leaves behind his surviving brother, Wilbert Beard, and is remembered by his children Roberta Bailey and Toniya Coles. Sadly, he is preceded in death by his son, Larry Young.


Carl's legacy extends to his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends who will cherish the memories they shared with him.


A man of positivity, Carl would respond to inquiries about his well-being with a smile, saying, "I'm on top of the world." This optimistic outlook defined his approach to life and inspired those around him.


To honor Carl's memory, the family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to his daughter Toniya Coles' non-profit organization, No Child Left Hungry. Contributions can be sent to 307 Heron Point Way, DeLand, FL 32724.


The family invites friends and well-wishers to join them in celebrating Carl's life at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery on January 2, 2024 at 2:30 PM (Lane C).

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