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William Beard

William Claude “Bill” Beard, age 76, of Florence, South Carolina, died Monday, Sept. 30, 2019 at McLeod Regional Hospital in Florence after a short illness. Funeral services were conducted at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 4 in the chapel of the Cain Calcutt Funeral Home in Florence. Private inurnment will take place at Florence National Cemetery at a later date. Bill was born Jan. 9, 1943 to the late Chandler and Corrie Jean Hilliard Beard. He was a 1961 graduate of Dresden High School. He was a United States Army veteran and worked at Efird Chrysler Dodge in Florence for more than 20 years. He was an avid golfer and United Methodist by faith. He is survived by his brothers, Bob (Kathy) Beard of Marshfield, Massachusetts and Rev. Frank Beard of Martin; sons, Billy (Kim) Beard of Apex, North Carolina and Jeff Rowland of Florence; daughters, Cindy Witham of Mt. Juliet and Teresa Rowland of San Antonio, Texas; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Emma Rae Beard.

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