Roy Lorett Beard died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on October 8, 2021. Roy was born on June 15, 1933, in Bogalusa, Louisiana. He loved his family, his home, his church, his friends, the law, and was a proud citizen of the city of Shreveport. Roy was known for his strong faith, keen intellect, kind spirit, leadership abilities, humble attitude, work ethic, commitment to family, love of music, moral convictions, quick wit, and great sense of humor. Roy loved being at home with family, traveling with Sylvia, and his favorite vacations were family beach trips.
Roy graduated Bogalusa High School as Valedictorian in 1951. He was president of the Junior class, President of Key Club, President of Linx Club, and president of Interclub Council. He attended Louisiana Boys' State and the State Literary Rally in English. He was the solo trumpet in the band. He attended Louisiana State University on an academic scholarship and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in government in 1955. At LSU, he was elected president of the Junior Class in the College of Arts & Sciences, a member of the Student Senate, and LSU Student Body President. He was the ROTC Cadet Colonel and Regimental Commander was a Distinguished Military Graduate. He was a member of the Pershing Rifle Drill Team. He was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa honor fraternity, selected to Phi Eta Sigma and Mu Sigma Rho and in the Scabbard and Blade Society. He was a lifelong LSU Tigers fan.
Roy earned his Juris Doctor degree from New York University Law School, where he attended on a full Root-Tilden Scholarship, which is awarded annually to two outstanding college seniors from each of the 10 Federal Judicial Circuits. He was called during law school to serve as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Howlitzer Battalion (Artillery) in Germany and was also a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves. After two years of service, he returned to the States to finish his final year of law school.
He moved to Shreveport and entered the practice of law with Stagg, Cady, Haygood, and Johnson. He continued in private practice with Stagg, Cady, and Beard; and later Beard, Arceneaux, and Sutherland. He later joined the Peatross Law Firm at United Title of Louisiana. He retired at 84 years old.
Roy was admitted to practice law before the United States Supreme Court. He was a member of the Shreveport Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association, and the American Law Association. He was an original member and director of the Junior Bar Association (now Young Lawyers Section). He served on the Council of the Shreveport Bar and as Chairman of the Ethics Committee. He also served as a member of the Louisiana State Bar House of Delegates and as a member of the Ethics Committee. He was recognized by the Louisiana State Bar Association for 50 years and then 60 years of legal service and practice in good standing.
Roy was elected to the Caddo Parish School Board in 1967. He was Vice-President and had served four years when a judge unseated all board members for redistricting.
As a civil attorney, he had many private and corporate clients and handled hundreds of private adoptions and adoptions through the Volunteers of America. and was a member of the Louisiana State Advisory Committee to the Law Institute for the Louisiana's Children Code for over 20 years. During his career, many young lawyers were grateful for his mentorship to them.
Roy was a natural leader, and a friendly and active member of the community. He was President of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, President of Holiday-in-Dixie, and Chairman of the Ambassadors Club. Roy served on the Board of Directors for Brentwood Hospital and the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra. He was a former member of the Cotillion Club, Demoiselle Club, Petroleum Club, and Kiwanis Club. He was a current member of East Ridge Country Club and Pierremont Oaks Tennis Club.
He was a longstanding and faithful member of First Baptist Church Shreveport for over 50 years, serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chairman of the Board of Deacons, and Chairman of the Legal Committee. He also served on the Finance Committee, Insurance Committee, and Pastoral Advisory Committee and was a member of the Phillip Sunday School Class. He also served on the Board of Trustees for First Baptist Church School. He enjoyed reading the Bible which was a guide to his life.
Roy is preceded in death by his parents, Odell Lowery Beard and Pauline Walters Beard, and his sister Mary Louise Beard Applewhite.
Roy is survived by his devoted wife of 55 years, Sylvia Marie Brister Beard, his daughter Elizabeth Loretta Beard Deal (David), his daughter Susan Marie Beard Chance (John), grandchildren Andrew David Deal, Jackson Paul Deal, Marie Elizabeth Chance, and John Hoyet Chance, Jr., and brother-in-law Claude Hollis Brister (Jayna).
The family would like to thank the doctors who cared for him with dedicated attention that, with God's help, gave us so many extra years together: Dr. Pierre Blanchard, Dr. Keith White, Dr. Scott Wiggins, Dr. Lane Rosen, Dr. Bharat Guthikonda, and Dr. Roger Kelley; Mr. James K. Elrod who ensured the best of care for him during his stays and surgeries at Willis-Knighton; and his caregiver, Harry Townsend, over the past year.
A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at First Baptist Church Shreveport on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at 11:30 am, officiated by the Pastor, Dr. Jeff Raines. A visitation and reception will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests gifts be made in his name to the First Baptist Church Shreveport, the American Heart Association, or the American Diabetes Association.
We are grateful to God for blessing us with such a wonderful, loving, and caring husband and father. He was a good man.
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