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April 24, 2013

Margaret Perry Beard

ASHBURN — Margaret Perry Beard, 92, of Sycamore died Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at her residence. Graveside funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery in Turner Co. The family will receive friends Friday morning from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Perry Funeral Chapel in Ashburn.

Mrs. Beard was born in Colquitt Co. and was the daughter of the late Edward Horace and Susie Johnson Perry. She was a graduate of Norman College and Georgia Southern College. For 33 years she taught elementary education in Georgia, most of that being in the Glynn County School System. Mrs. Beard and her husband lived in Brunswick for 38 years and it was there they raised their three sons, Allen, Barry and Perry Beard.

She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church. Mrs. Margaret was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Thad Houston Beard who passed away, April 9, 2013. She was also preceded in death by her son, Allen C. Beard, her granddaughter, Sarah Beard and her sister Mildred Perry Saunders.

Mrs. Beard is survived by her two sons, Barry (Pam) Beard, Snellville and Perry (Janet) Beard, Alpharetta; daughter-in-law Cathy Beard Hill, Lakeland, Fla.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She also is survived by her sisters, Lenelle Perry, Hendersonville, N.C., Nena Perry and Ann Partain both of Americus.

In remembrance of Mrs. Beard, for those who wish, please make donations to The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 3525 Piedmont Rd., Northeast, Building 6, Suite 300, Atlanta, GA 30305.

You may sign the online guest book and share special condolences and memories with the family by visiting www.perryfuneralchapel.com. Perry Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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