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William G. “Butch” Beard, Jr.

William G. “Butch” Beard, Jr.

January 9, 1948 - September 1, 2018     Age: 70

William G. “Butch” Beard, Jr., age 70, of Fernandina Beach passed away on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at his residence.

Butch was born in Ruston, Louisiana to the late William Grady and Eleanor Caswell Beard.  His family moved to Beech Island, SC and Butch grew up playing football, working his parent’s farm and dating his high school sweetheart, Martha.

Butch received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point and graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1969. After graduating he left to serve his country in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic or meritorious service in a combat zone.  Butch proudly completed Airborne and Ranger training and served in the 18th Airborne Corp. Butch attained the rank of Captain and left the army in 1974.

After the army, Butch and Martha moved to Greenwood, SC and started the family that they had always wanted.  Eventually moving to Fort Mill, SC they raised their three children in a wonderful small town.  It was here that Butch really found his love of business and began his life as a successful entrepreneur. 

Butch and Martha moved to Amelia Island in 1999.  They loved the island life and Butch decided to retire for the first time.  It didn’t quite take but finally, he retired for the third time and spent his days doing his 5 favorite things: sailing, fishing, shag dancing, treasuring his grandchildren and loving Martha.

Butch was an amazing husband, proud father and faithful friend.  He loved his family beyond measure and they all knew it.

He leaves behind his wife, Martha Beard of Amelia Island, Florida; his children Leslie (Brian) Bogstad of Charleston, South Carolina, Shelley (Greg) Cagle of Simpsonville, South Carolina, Michael Beard of Tampa, Florida; sisters Cindy (Dave) Bullard of Seneca, South Carolina, Jennifer (Tommy) Crain of Cross Anchor, South Carolina; and grandchildren Will Bogstad, Isabelle Bogstad, Eli Bogstad, Lawton Cagle and Jax Cagle.

Services will be at 1:00 on Saturday, September 8, 2018 in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley-Heard Funeral Home.

Following the service, a Celebration of Life will be held at the Kraft Athletic Club, 961023 Buccaneer Trail, Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034.

The family asks donations be made, in Butch’s memory, to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida  32256.

39 Condolences

  • Tom and Gerry Clare Posted September 2, 2018 7:40 am

    Fond remembrances! Prayers to Martha and family!

  • Gene &Barbara Sokolowski Posted September 2, 2018 11:39 am

    Martha,our hearts are broken for you and the family. He was a special guy, friend, and a true patriot! He will be missed by so many. We loved him.
    Sail on Sailior. Gene & Barbara

  • Deb and Rick Posted September 2, 2018 1:43 pm

    Martha, we are so shocked and saddened to hear of your and your family’s great loss. Words can not express how much Butch will be missed. We cannot imagine supper club without him. Our love to you.

  • Carl and Barbara Posted September 2, 2018 2:16 pm

    Barbara and I are saddened Martha to hear of your family’s loss. We have always enjoyed Butch’s great personality and enthusiasm about life. He will be missed by all that knew him. RIP

  • John & Gale Burns Posted September 2, 2018 5:25 pm

    Martha, we are so sorry to hear of Butch’s passing.. He was truly a wonderful person, blessed with a twinkle in his eyes, continuous smile on his face and a wonderful family,

    You and family have our sincere condolences

  • Brinkbroome Posted September 2, 2018 5:33 pm

    Butch was a fiend when hew were in school haven’t seen him in years sorry to hear of his passing.

  • Anson and Susan DeWolf Posted September 2, 2018 5:47 pm

    We are saddened to hear that Butch passed. He will be missed.

  • Brenda Moore Posted September 2, 2018 9:19 pm

    Oh, Mattha , I am so very saddened to hear of Your loss. Y’all are very special people. I just don’t know how to express the sadness it heart.

  • Kathy Wilkes Wooddall Posted September 2, 2018 10:03 pm

    My heart goes out to Witch’s family!

  • Graeme, Nicola, Amélie and Talia Nichol Posted September 3, 2018 10:48 am

    Martha and the entire Beard clan, deepest condolences on the sudden passing of our friend Butch. Butch will always be remembered by those who he met. Great memories from a great guy!

  • Susan and Rhett Holden-Dodge Posted September 3, 2018 11:32 am

    His warm greetings, merry eyes and thoughtful conversations will be missed terribly

  • Maureen Geagon Posted September 3, 2018 11:39 am

    Martha & family. I am so sorry to hear of Butch’s passing. He was a great guy & friends to many. He will be missed. Prayers are send to you & your family in this time of sorrow..

  • Karl and Marilyn Mrozek Posted September 3, 2018 12:14 pm

    Martha and family, We are so sorry to hear of Butch’s passing. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

  • Linda and Jim Yarbrough Posted September 3, 2018 2:57 pm

    Martha We were so sorry to hear of Butch’s passing. We are keeping you and your family in our prayers.

  • Steve and Leslie Ritter Posted September 3, 2018 3:02 pm

    So shocked and sorry to hear. Butch was definitely one of the unique characters in this world! So sorry, Martha.

  • John & Nancy van Lonkhuyzen Posted September 3, 2018 4:27 pm

    Martha, what sad news has reached us here in New Hampshire. Our hearts ache for you. We recall such wonderful times both sailing against Butch as crew on Burn’s Mast Confusion and then with you. We hope the memories of happier times will sustain you through these rough seas.

  • Sally and Warren Bennett Posted September 3, 2018 5:34 pm

    Martha , words cannot express the loss of Butch. He had such a wonderful impact on every life he touched. We pray his love of life and your memories will carry you through this difficult time. Much love and prayers to you and your family.

  • Caroline Blochlinger Posted September 3, 2018 5:35 pm

    So shocked to hear about Butch’s passing, in fact I did not want to believe it at first. Butch had so much energy and enthusiastically embraced life and every networking opportunity. His overall message was to keep your eyes on the ball. He was a lot of fun to be around and will be greatly missed. My deepest condolences to you, Martha & the family. There are a lot of great memories and I am blessed to have known Butch. He will be missed.

  • Carlos J. Bustabad Posted September 3, 2018 6:54 pm

    Martha, my condolences. I only knew Butch for less than a year, however, he had a big impact on me and my future goals. I cannot thank him enough. Please know that you are in my prayers and if I can be of any help in the future please ask. God Bless you and your family and I will keep Butch in my daily prayers. He will be missed.

  • Al and Teresa Jacobs Posted September 4, 2018 7:49 am

    Martha, Dave and Cindy, and family, our deepest sympathies. We’re thinking of you and our shared lives since those long ago days in North Augusta. Life will be a little less shiny without Butch’s contagious humor.
    “Send not to ask for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.”
    Al and Teresa Jacobs

  • Terry and Brooke Kelley Posted September 4, 2018 10:01 am

    It seems like Brooke and I just met Butch and Martha. Butch and I enjoyed beach fishing just a short time ago and I, as I’m sure many, will miss Butch’s friendship. God bless you Martha and our prayers will be with you and your family.

  • Rick and Becky Diak Posted September 4, 2018 12:53 pm

    Many fond memories of working together through band and theater. Prayers and love being sent your way Martha and family.

  • Jim and Connie of WV Posted September 4, 2018 4:51 pm

    Butch loved life better than anyone we’ve known. He never met a stranger and was so kind to us during our trips to FL. He will be greatly missed.

  • Rosemary Archer Posted September 4, 2018 4:54 pm

    Martha, so very sorry to hear of Butch passing. He will be missed by so many. Take Care

  • Eric & Kim Hughes Posted September 4, 2018 6:29 pm

    Martha: Kim and I are so sorry to learn of Butch’s passing. Our sincere condolences to you and your family. Butch was such a sweet and special person. Always with a smile on his face. So many fond memories of times spent with ya’ll and the other AISC boats, and especially of hanging out with ya’ll on the Cheeseboat. Remember the good times.

  • Don Hughes Posted September 5, 2018 12:40 am

    I had many nice interactions and conversations with Butch over the years, mostly in connection with chamber of commerce events. He always brightened my day. God bless.

  • Pat Kaminski Posted September 5, 2018 7:41 am

    Martha and family, Jim and I were so sorry to hear of Butch’s passing. Butch was a very special person and will be missed by many. I hope your wonderful memories will bring a smile when you think of Butch.

  • Nancy Deehan Posted September 5, 2018 10:29 am

    With this message comes my prayers for your comfort at this sad time. Butch will be remembered in the hearts of many. With Love and Blessings, Chris, Bert and Nancy Deehan

  • Chip Saunders Posted September 5, 2018 3:34 pm

    Martha, never without a smile; that was Butch. Most of our time was spent together in Beach Island (the early years). He was fun, smart, and full of life. I know he’ll be missed by your entire family. Butch was a favorite cousin. Gay and I offer our sympathy and condolences.

  • Laurie Kitson-Bowers Posted September 5, 2018 6:06 pm

    Martha,
    So so sorry for your loss. Butch was always smiling and joyful. Prayers are with you and your family.

  • Stephanie C Brown Posted September 5, 2018 11:33 pm

    There are no words that can express how stunned and sad I feel for you, Martha, and your family. Butch was the biggest, jolliest dancing man I ever had the pleasure to follow. He introduced me to shag and made it seem so easy. May love, peace and grace see you through this most difficult time.

  • With love, Glenda Timmerman Posted September 6, 2018 12:31 am

    Hi Martha,
    I don’t know what to say!! I’m so sorry to hear that Butch passed away. Please know that My heart goes out to you and your family..
    I enjoyed watching you and Butch shagging at our class reunions. You were the best! Butch will be missed !!!!!

  • John Hartrich Posted September 6, 2018 11:30 am

    Martha and family,
    Having seen Butch recently at our NSFA social, he was in usual form, full of life with his trademark smile as wide as the oceans he sailed and fished! Butch knew no strangers. He will be sorely missed by so many like myself who considered him his friend.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours,

  • George and Kay Deliz Posted September 6, 2018 2:59 pm

    Martha,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. We have fond memories of you and Butch at Michelle’s dance classes and dance nights.

  • Hilary and Peter Zachary Posted September 7, 2018 5:47 pm

    Martha,
    Peter and I were so sorry to hear about Butch. We will remember him for his quick wit, smiles and the ability to make everybody feel welcome.

  • Chuck and Tess King Posted September 7, 2018 8:05 pm

    We are saddened to hear for your loss Martha. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your famiily .He will be missed. God bless.

  • Thom Mason Posted September 8, 2018 11:50 am

    Martha and Family

    Butch will certainly be missed! I have never met someone that was always smiling and in a good mood like Butch. I have many fond memories of him within the sail club!

    My thoughts and prayers!!!

    Thom Mason

  • Lindsay Leckie Posted September 8, 2018 12:07 pm

    Martha & Family,, My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. May you remain in the peaceful warmth of Butch’s radiant smile. Many of his friends look forward to him catching our lines upon berthing on the other side.

  • Vince Corica, West Point Class of 1969 Posted September 18, 2018 10:40 am

    Unfortunately, I lost touch with Butch after our graduation from West Point in 1969. I roomed with him in Cadet Company C-2 three or four times during our four years at West Point and I admired and respected him greatly. The constant sparkle in his eyes and his ready smile seemed to communicate that he had a clear understanding of what mattered and what didn’t. He spent time mastering the things that did matter. He spoke often of his two great loves…his home town, and Martha, with enthusiasm that one couldn’t help but embrace.

    My precious mother used to say “When we lose a good one of us, we lose a good part of all of us.”

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