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James G. Beard, age 85

James G. Beard, age 85, of Augusta, Arkansas went to be with the Lord on Friday, November 11, 2022. He was born on August 31, 1937 to the late Samuel Jerome Beard and Henrietta Eugenia Ramsey Beard.

James loved the Lord and was of the Methodist faith. He was a member of the Arkansas American Legion for many years.

James is preceded in death by his parents; brothers John Berry Beard, Allen Ramsey Beard, and Samuel Jerome Beard Jr; and sisters Mary Leone Beard Daniel and Laura Gene Beard Munson.

James leaves behind his partner Freda Louise Chrestman; sons James G. Beard Jr. and Jeffrey L. Beard; grandchildren Jordan Beard, Jewell Beard, Justin Beard, and Samantha Singleton; and many more friends and extended family members too numerous to name.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to American Legion; P.O. Box 211, Augusta, Arkansas, 72006.

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at



  • Berry Beard Posted November 18, 2022 7:00 PM

    Jim is my uncle that I will miss very much. We have done a lot of things together. We seldom got into trouble! Uncle Jim always had some advice for us. And he helped me with lots of family genealogy information. He was a good man who loved all of his family!!

  • Alex B Ramsey Posted January 28, 2023 7:29 AM

    Jimmy also was my uncle, the last of my father’s five siblings. He was a keeper of family stories, a man who adored his siblings, all of family, his country and town, and his loved companion Freda of later years. He was very thoughtful and well intentioned to my family in Dallas after my own precious father Sam Beard Jr died in 2015, and we came to Augusta to spread ashes. I am grateful to have known him, if only briefly or fleetingly. He eased the pain of Dad’s passing. May Uncle Jimmy’s passing open new doors both on earth and in heaven for further healing and love.

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