February 8, 1949 ~ September 6, 2020

Born in: Owensboro, KY
Resided in: Owensboro, KY

Joseph “Jody” Beard, 71, of Owensboro, Kentucky went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, September 6, 2020. He was born in Owensboro on February 8, 1949 to Samuel Randall, Sr. and Margaret Elizabeth Beard. Jody was retired from St. Stephen Cathedral where he worked in maintenance for 18 years, and was a member. He was a former member of the United States Army and a Vietnam Veteran. In Jody’s younger years, he enjoyed hunting and fishing, but more recently he enjoyed visiting the condo in Florida.

Jody is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sheryl Beard; special fur baby, Jack; his siblings, Sam (Patty) Beard, Mary (Micky) Hagan, Ellen (Bill) Ryan, Linda (Bob) Frakes, James Donald Beard, Agnes (Pat) Hamilton, Theresa (Steve) Teasley, Becky (Bob) Gregory, Rita (Steve) Smeathers, Tom (Angie) Beard; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Services will be 12:00 pm Friday, September 11, 2020 at St. Stephen Cathedral, with Father John Vaughan officiating. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm Thursday at Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory, and again from 10:00 am to 11:30 am Friday at the funeral home. Prayers will be 5:15 Thursday at the funeral home.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Beard. Share your messages of condolence with the family of Joseph “Jody” Beard and sign his virtual guest book by going to


Visitation: September 10, 2020 2:00 pm - September 10, 2020 6:00 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

Prayers: September 10, 2020 5:15 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

Visitation: September 11, 2020 10:00 am - September 11, 2020 11:30 am

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

Service: September 11, 2020 12:00 pm

St. Stephen Cathedral
610 Locust Street
Owensboro, KY 42301

Burial Service: September 11, 2020 1:00 pm

Resurrection Cemetery
5404 Leitchfield Road
Owensboro, KY 42301

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  1. Sheryl, you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May God wrap his loving arms around you and the family.

  2. Cheryl, I am just so sorry. What a neat character Jody was. I always enjoyed seeing him when I walked by the cathedral. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. When I worked at Cathedral Preschool Joe was always a smiling face that I looked forward to seeing. His positive attitude and hard work were a blessing to so many. May God bless all that loved him with peace, comfort, and joy in your memories.

  4. I am so sorry of hearing of Jodys’ passing. He was always cheerful and happy. We laughed a lot and have fond memories of working with Jody at Fields Packing Company and going fishing. Love and prayers to his wife Cheryl and Family. Sincerely Larry and Dianne Fulkerson.

  5. Agnes and family. We are sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Lucy, Debi, George & Kevin

  6. Uncle Jody was such a special man. He always had a smile with an unforgettable infectious laugh. We will miss you so much. RIP until we see you again. My heart and prayers go out to my Aunt Sheryl. Love you .

  7. Mary, I am so sorry for the loss of your brother, Jody. I never knew him, but I remember Sam, and you of course. You were my first friend! We moved from the country when I was in 4th grade, and prior to that my siblings and cousins were my friends.
    We shared a lot during school and dating, and it is sad that now we are mourning the loss of those little kids we grew up with. I know you will miss him, as I miss my sister who passed two years ago.
    But the love and memories are precious!

  8. Sorry to hear of Jody’s passing. I worked with Jody at Field Packing Co. back in the 70’s.He was a hoot. He took me on a few boat rides, he loved his boat and to be on the river.RIP My Friend.

  9. Knew Joe as member of St Stephen Cathedral. Joe always had time to answer a question, or help resolve an issue. Loved his laugh and sense of humor. He seemed always to be in a positive frame of mind in working with people and around children at school. So sorry to hear of his passing, but know he will be remembered for being a caring and considerate individual.

  10. My older Brother ….Best Friend and Mentor for life. Jody you made me a better man! So selfless and supportive throughout my life. Things will never be the same without you. God Bless you Jody………Tom

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