Ross E. Beard Jr. CAMDEN – The celebration of life service to honor Brig. Gen. Ross E. Beard, Jr. 87, of Camden, will be held Sunday, September 11, 2016, at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Visitation will begin at 1:30 p.m. with the service at 2:30 p.m. and burial to follow in Lancaster Memorial Park, Lancaster, SC. Ross was born in Florence to the late Ross E. Beard, Sr. and Crystel Ray Beard. He was predeceased by his sister, Crystel Beard Mixson. He graduated from Florence High School and in later years he attended the University of Georgia and became certified in commercial property management. Ross served our country in the Army branch of the armed forces in the Korean War as well as other countless acts to maintain the security of this country. As stated by the Reagan administration, “America is safer and more secure today because of the daring and dedication of the unknown few which certainly includes Ross Beard”. Ross returned to Camden to work at DuPont and then at the request of Senator John West, he left DuPont to head the Greater Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and was heavily involved in the Camden community. It was during that time he realized what a wonderful and historic city Camden was and got to know its wonderful people. After working as the Director of Management for a large company, overseeing construction and management of commercial real estate all over the United States and several countries, Ross again returned to Camden. It was through the influence of the famous FBI agent Melvin Purvis, that Ross became an avid gun collector beginning at the age of ten and continued until late in his life. His love of guns and history was unsurpassable. He truly loved Camden and placed his lifelong collection of antique and historic guns and military collectables in the beautiful archives and museum. Survived by his chosen family: Kim Lineberger of Camden, Megan Hutchins of Greenville, NC, Will and Jessica Hutchins and their children, Geneva and Cambridge from Rock Hill, SC, Don and Vickie Smith of Camden, and nephews, Bill Mixon of Columbia, SC, and Ben Mixon of Beaufort, SC. Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the Beard family by visiting www.kornegayfuneral.com.
Published in The State on Sept. 10, 2016