Funeral services for John Devon Beard, 80, were held Sept. 24, 2021 in Parkstein, Germany. He was born in 1941 and grew up in Lucedale. He chose a life of adventure by serving over 20 years in the U.S. Army and traveling throughout the world, we are reminded of his roots - born and raised in Lucedale. Through this reminder of a life well lived, family and friends share in a moment of connectedness to remember him and the ones he loved and cherished. He passed away in Germany where he settled after more than a combined 40 years of service in the U.S. Army and as a Civil Servant. He lived in Parkstein, Germany where he made many friends who cherished his community involvement. He died Sept. 13, 2021. He is survived by his wife Elfriede; children Steve, Martin, and Karen (with family); his brother Darrell (with family) and sister Sharon (with family). Martin Beard was in charge of arrangements.