Funeral services for James C. Beard, 73, were held Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021 at 2 p.m. at Moments Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation was held from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the funeral service. He was employed at Ingalls Shipbuilding for many years. He greatly enjoyed spending time gardening, hunting and fishing. He was a faithful member of Lucedale Church of God and was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. His greatest joy was time spent with family. He died Oct. 9, 2021. He will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife Lydia Stringfellow Beard; children James B. (Cyndi) Beard, Angie Rouse, Jamette Beard (Terry) Thrash, Leigh Nicole “Niki” (Wilbur) Davis and Jeremiah Beard; 15 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren; siblings Dianne Beard Newman and Joseph A. (Vickie) Beard; and numerous other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Roland George Beard and Rowena Brewer Beard Loper and brother George Beard. Officiating the services was Bro. Brandon Stanford. Interment was held in Moffett Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in honor of Lindsey Crawley, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Moments Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.