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Date of Issue: March 19, 2008

Obituary

Irving William Beard

Irving William Beard died Friday, March 14, 2008.

He was born July 14, 1919, in Buffalo, N.Y. His family moved to Clarence, N.Y., where he went to school, married Betty Amelia Jasnau, and raised three children.

Mr. Beard served in the U.S. Army, both in European Theater of Operations as well as the Asiatic Pacific in World War II. He later held elected office of tax collector of Clarence, served as the right-of-way agent for Erie County, and was in the real estate business. He attended the University of Buffalo for two years.

Mr. Beard and his family moved to Anna Maria in 1964 and owned and managed a motel for 16 years. He restored an 1840 plantation in Pine Mountain, Ga., where he enjoyed farming. He later moved to Tallahassee. He was a lifelong Christian Scientist and a practitioner for more than a dozen years.

Survivors include wife Betty; daughter Elizabeth Goldsmith (Ronald); two sons, Warren of Tallahassee and William (Jennifer) of Essex, Mass; four grandchildren, Andrew Goldsmith of Tallahassee; David Goldsmith (Jessica) of Gainesville; Jordan Hoxie (Justin) of Sandwich, Mass.; and Jeffry Beard (Laura) of Farmington, N.H.; great grandchild, Taylor Hoxie; sisters, Norma and Carol; brother, Roland; and many nieces and nephews.

Culley’s MeadowWood Funeral Home of Tallahassee is in charge of arrangements. No service is planned. Memorial donations may be made to the First Church of Christ Scientist, P.O. Box 1875, Tallahassee FL 32302.

 

Eve Lynn Leonard

Eve Lynn Leonard, 49, of Bradenton, died March 3.

Ms. Leonard was a teacher and artist.

Memorial services were March 15 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Holmes Beach.

She is survived by companion Gary Krauss of Bradenton Beach and sons Tyler and Mark Krauss.

 

Charles ‘Bill’ Pollock Sr.

Charles “Bill” Pollock Sr., 78, of Bradenton, died March 8.

Born in Illinois, Mr. Pollock moved to Manatee County in 1997. He was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers No. 649, Peoria, Ill., since 1962. He served in the Korean War from 1950-54, where he earned a service medal with three Bronze Stars and a combat infantry badge. He was a graduate of Kewanee High School, Kewanee, Ill., in 1948. He was a member of Crosspointe Fellowship, formerly Island Baptist. He was a member of the American Legion.

Memorial services were March 13. Covell Funeral Home, Bradenton, was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by wife Sandra; sons John and wife Kimberly of Chatham, Ill., Charles Jr. and wife Robin of Victoria, Ill., Rock and wife Shawna of Holmes Beach, and Jack Preston of Bradenton; daughters Suejae Ostrowski of Kewanee, Tabitha Herschberger and husband Abraham of Violet Hill, Ark., and Shanna of Bradenton; sister Opal Miller of Florida; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

 

Bernice S. Watson

Bernice S. Watson, 73, of Palmetto, died March 10.

Mrs. Watson moved to Manatee County in 1956. She worked at the Manatee Public Beach, and loved the beach and fishing.

Memorial services were at the beach March 14. Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 43rd Street Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by husband of 55 years James M.; and children Mike, Pat, Susan, Jamie and Mac; brother Norman Snyder; sister Virginia Richey; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

 

Betty Ruth Yates

Betty Ruth Yates, 81, of Anna Maria, died March 12.

Born in New Kensington, Pa., she moved to Anna Maria Island 20 years ago. She was a homemaker. She was a social member of the Key Royale Club, Holmes Beach. She was a member of the Longboat Key Art Club. She was a former Sunday school teacher at United Presbyterian Church in New Kensington.

Memorial services will be in New Kensington.

She is survived by husband of 62 years James; son Jim of Palos Altos, Calif.; daughter Jamie Liebel of Murrysville, Pa.; brother Arthur Ralf Callender Jr. of Austen, Texas; sisters June Hasler of Lower Burrell, Pa., and Sarah Cloutman of Upper St. Claire, Pa.; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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