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Opal A. Beard

Obituary Date: Saturday, March 23, 2013
Mrs. Opal A. Beard, age 87, of Buford, GA passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband of forty-three years, Lefty Beard; and nephew, Steve Beard.

She is survived by her children, Russell and Cathy Beard, Buford, GA and Stacey and Dale G. Brown, Buford, GA; grandchildren, Brooke and Justin Garmon, Flowery Branch, GA and Britney and Rev. Jeremy Crocker, Flowery Branch, GA; great grandchildren, Madison Garmon, Garrett Crocker, Avery Garmon and Gracelynn Crocker; and close friends, Imogene Porter, Farris Orr, Kathleen Pugh Burel and Edna Pass.

Mrs. Beard was born August 19, 1925 in Buford, GA. She was a 1942 graduate of Buford High School. "Though she came in second in her graduating class, the Salutatorian honor was given to another student because Opal was to shy to speak." She was a homemaker and also had worked for Bona Allen Company as a switchboard operator and payroll clerk for over five hundred employees. She was a member of West Buford Baptist Church where she was their first pianist. When her children were grown, she was town Librarian and was known in Buford for her wedding cakes and birthday cakes. She had various hobbies including oil paintings and personalized greeting cards. She and her husband enjoyed traveling with their friends.

Graveside service and interment will be held on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery in Buford, GA with Rev. Grant Wade and Rev. Jeremy Crocker officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. To express condolences, please sign our online guest book at

Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133.
Funeral Date
03/26/2013 at 12:00AM
Funeral Home
Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory