|Rev. Sherman L. Beird, age 72, died Monday, November 13, 2000 at the University of Michigan Hospitals, resulting from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born in Fowler, IN on June 5, 1928.
Rev. Beird pastored Methodist churches for 40 years in the Western North Carolina, Detroit, and Louisiana Conferences. Churches served in Louisiana were: Walker Charge, Kentwood Charge, Epps Charge, Jennings Trinity, Jonesville, Montgomery Charge, Oak Grove in Natchitoches and Pollock Charge.
Rev. Beird did his undergraduate work at Asbury College (KY). Graduate work took place at Asbury Theological Seminary (KY), Candler School of Theology of Emory University (GA) and Drew University’s Theology School (NJ). From these he has a B.A., Bachelor of Divinity, Master of Divinity, and residence completion for Doctor of Ministry.
Social and spiritual work found Beird at the Greendale House of Reform for youth criminals (KY), Fayette County and Jessamine County Jails (KY), Kentucky Tuberculosis Sanitarium, many nursing homes, and coordinator for a multiple sclerosis support group. He has been in hospice ministry for a number of years.
Rev. Beird had been a member and officer of various Lions Clubs and Rotary Clubs and was a strong supporter of Boy Scouts (Eagle Scout recipient). He participated in class plays in high school and college, and was a member of his college debate team. Beird served on yearbook staffs in college and seminary and was editor for two years of the Asbury Seminary’s “Short Circuit” newspaper. Since his retirement, he had served in many area denominational churches.
Rev. Beird is survived by his wife of 47 years, Barbara A. Van Buren Beird, his three children; Leann C. Beird, Robert S. (Alice) Beird and Carol E. (Russell) Curby, brother, N. Keith Beird, sister Alma Francis Beird Richardson, and four grandchildren; Jaret, Melanie, Elizabeth and Samuel.
A celebration of Rev. Beird’s life was held on Saturday, December 9, 2000 at 11:00 a.m. at the Sharon United Methodist Church, Manchester with Rev. David Williamson of Ore City, Texas, life-long friend and colleague, officiating.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, p. 247 By Barbara A. Beird|