David Wayne Beard Jr.
Sun, 01/26/2014 - 2:19am Staff
Funeral for David Wayne Beard Jr., 64, Lawton, will be at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 3 at Whinery-Huddleston Chapel with Army Chaplain Capt. Kenneth Okeze officiating.
Mr. Beard died Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, in Lawton.
Burial with full military honors will be at Fort Sill National Cemetery under direction of Whinery-Huddleston Funeral Service.
He was born July 21, 1949, in Memphis, Tenn., to David Wayne Beard Sr. and Lola Beard. David was raised in Memphis, attending the local schools. He was drafted into the Army, completing six years before getting out and returning to Tennessee, only to only find odd jobs and little work. After five years, he re-enlisted eventually completing 26 years of service. While in the Army he earned many awards and decorations including the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal Seventh Award, Army Achievement Medal Seventh Award, Army Good Conduct Medal Fifth Award, National Defense Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with three bronze service stars, Noncommissioned Officer's Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 3, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon 3rd Award. While in the Army, he worked with TACFIRE. He continued working to improve the Army's TACFIRE program working as a contractor. He liked to fish whenever he could get to the water. He loved the outdoors and also enjoying camping and hunting.
Survivors include his wife, Omega Ballou, of the home; a daughter, Linda Cordero and husband Christopher, Washington, D.C.,; Jen Cordero and Daniel, Memphis, Tenn.; a grandson, Seth Nelson; and a granddaughter, Charlie Cordero; and a sister, Anita Welch, Eldorado, Ark.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Debbie Beard; and his father, David Wayne Beard Sr.
Visitation will be from 1-7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
An online guest book may be signed and condolences sent by visiting www.whineryhuddleston.com.