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Richard Lee Beard

• May 13, 2019 at 4:14 PM

BIG STONE GAP, VA - Richard Lee Beard, 86, passed away on Monday, May 13, 2019 at his home.

He was a U. S. Army and U. S. Air Force Veteran and served in the Virginia National Guard at Big Stone Gap.  He was a retired coal miner with the Westmoreland Coal Company and was a member of the U. M. W. A.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Grubb Beard; his parents, Walter and Viola Beard; brother, George K. Beard; and nephew, George “Buddy” Beard.

Surviving are his sister-in-law, Beulah Mae Beard, Bristol, Va.; nieces, Terri Belcher, Bluff City, Tn. and Pam Hickman of Bristol, Va.; and caregiver and longtime friend, Matthew Stout of Appalachia, Va.

Arrangements will be private.

To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com

Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Beard family.

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