James Wallace Beard, of Hixson, died on Friday, May 11, 2012. He was 87.
Wallace was a lifelong resident of the Chattanooga area and was a graduate of the 1943 class of Central High School where he played football. He served our country during World War II in the U. S. Army, during the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded the Purple Heart. Wallace returned to Chattanooga and married his late wife Colleen in 1948 and graduated from UC in 1950.
He was one of the founders of the Chattanooga Swim League. Wallace retired from Woodbridge Foam Fabricating and was a member of Hixson First Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. I. W. Beard.
Wallace is survived by his three daughters, Debbie Beard Concannon, Lisa Burns and Wendy Beard Boran; two grandchildren, Erin (Brandon) Bolinger and Eric Burns; a great-granddaughter, Jasmine Burns; brother-in-law, Tom Bond and his son, Gary Bond and his family.
The family will receive friends from 1-3 and 5-8 p.m. on Monday, May 14, and 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the North Chapel.
Services for Wallace will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15, at the North Chapel. Burial will follow in Chattanooga National Cemetery with military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Bible Village, 3001 Hamill Road, P.O. Box 5000, Hixson, Tn. 37343, or Hospice of Chattanooga, P.O. Box 19269, Chattanooga, Tn. 37416.
Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, Tn. 37343.
Please share your thoughts and memories at www.chattanooganorthchapel.com.