George Irvin Beard


George Irvin Beard, 1897-1965


George Irvin Beard Born on a summer morning to a woman no one could say a bad word about, George Irvin "Irv" Beard died 13 days short of his 68th birthday, begging for a cigarette. He began smoking and hard drinking in his teen years. His last words were to his youngest son from whom he had requested a cigarette. Irv took a drag off the cigarette, exhaled, sighed, and said, "Ah, that was good." And then he died.

The official diagnosis was cancer of the esophogus. In addition to the smoking and drinking, Irv had spent his last 20 working years breathing fumes from asphalt. He headed crews that built roads throughout Indiana. Such fumes are carcinogenic.

When Irv was a young teenager, there was a gun accident that he felt guilty about for the rest of his life: With a pellet gun, he accidently put out his cousin's eye.

He spent the last months of his life with his sister (Edith) and her husband (Ed). His sister cared for him, and his brother-in-law was the one who would carry him to the bathroom. He was in the hospital for only the last day of his life. His sister had cared for him till the end.


George Irvin BEARD
born: 30-Jun-1897
Owasco, Carroll Co., IN
died: 17-Jun-1965 Ft. Wayne, IN
buried: St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger, IN
married:
Bernice GRIFFITH 17-Nov-1916


To see Irv's wife, and a picture of them on their wedding day, click here:
Bernice GRIFFITH

To see George's parents, click here:
Jesse BEARD & Sarah Catherine HOOKER


DESCENDANTS of
George Irvin BEARD and Bernice GRIFFITH:

(three sons; ten grandchildren)

1-- George Irvin BEARD (30-Jun-1897 to 17-Jun-1965)
.sp-
Bernice GRIFFITH (13-Jan-1891 to 1-Apr-1955) (m. 5-Nov-1916)
 
....2-- Miles Griffith BEARD (14-Apr-1918 to 23-Mar-2006)
.....sp-Elizabeth Ann DOYLE (12-Jan-1921 to 8-Dec-2007) (
m. 19-Nov-1949).
........
3-- Alice Marie Beard, b. Sep. 1950
............4-- [living male b. Feb. 1979]
............4-- [living female b. Apr. 1984]
........
3-- [living male b. June 1955] (no descendants)
........
3-- [male, presumed to be living, b. 3-May-1959]
............4-- [male born about May or June 1975; paternity hidden; did not carry BEARD surname. The listing of this child is based on a statement by Elizabeth Ann Doyle (Mrs. Miles Beard) to her daughter Alice in August 2001. No more than that statement is known.]
........3-- [living male b. June 1964]
............4-- [living female b. Dec. 1990]
............4-- [living female b. Apr. 1992]
............4--
[living male b. Dec. 1993]
............4-- [living female b. Nov. 1995]
............4-- [stillborn male b. May 1997]
 
....2-- Max Irvin BEARD (10-Mar-1920 to 17-Jun-1988)
.....sp-Mabel Ellen BENNITT (4-Jul-1919 to 13-Sep-2000) (
m. 9-May-1942).
........
3-- Mary Frances BEARD (13-Feb-1944 to 19-Jun-2009)
............4-- [living male b. Feb. 1971]
................5-- [living male b. Sep. 1998]
............4-- [living female b. Feb. 1976]
................5-- [living male b. 2011]
........
3-- [living male b. Nov. 1948] (no descendants)
 
....2-- Bruce Williard BEARD (22-Dec-1921 to 10-Nov-1990)
.....sp-Naomi Virginia KIRKLEY (19-Apr-1927 to 12-Feb-2016) (
m. 2-Jul-1949).
........
3-- [living female b. Sep. 1951] (no descendants)
........
3-- [living female b. Jan. 1954]
............4-- [living male b. Mar. 1986]
........
3-- [living male b. Dec. 1959]
............4-- [living female b. Mar. 1994]
........
3-- [living male b. Apr. 1968]
............4-- [living male b. Sep. 2006]



Miles & Elizabeth Ann

Max & Mabel

Bruce & Naomi

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