Community to Celebrate the Life of Bob Beard - Memorial will be held Saturday at Fern Creek Park

October 30, 2020


Louisville, KY:  Members of the Community will come together in a socially distant and safe manner to celebrate the life of Mr. Bob Beard. Bob was known by many as the Mayor of Fern Creek, and lived a life dedicated to service to the community in which he lived.

“Bob’s been called the Mayor of Fern Creek” for a good reason. His willingness to lead and take on the role of sole general contractor for the $500,000 Fern Creek United Ministries capital project made the endeavor feasible. Bob’s involvement at Fern Creek Park and serving the Fern Creek babe Ruth League spanned 25 years and improved the lives of thousands of our youth."  - Robin Engel, Councilman District 22

The celebration of Bob’s Life will occur in two phases on Saturday, October 31, 2020. The first phase will start at 10 a.m. and will be a drive by ceremony in the parking lot of Fern Creek Park. At 10:30 people wishing to pay their respects and commemorate Mr. Beard’s life will be able to move into the park for a reception and more traditional celebration.

All persons attending the celebration are asked to wear a mask, and persons attending are encouraged to bring their own lawn chair to assist with maintaining social distancing during the celebration in the park.


What:  Celebration of Life Ceremony for Mr. Bob Beard

Where: Fern Creek Park (Parking lot and main ballfield) 8703 Ferndale Road (40291)

When: Saturday, October 31st, 2020 at 10:00am-11:30am

           10:00am: Drive by ceremony in parking lot for those in a high risk category.

           10:30am: Park ceremony please wear masks and bring chairs to socially distance.

Obituary: Robert A. "Bob" Beard Louisville - Robert Allan Beard (Bob), 84, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. Bob was born in Hardinsburg, KY to the late Thomas Miller Beard and Anna Lee Beard. He was a man of strong faith; faithfully attending Cedar Creek Baptist Church and most recently Highland Park Baptist Church. He was especially proud of the Fern Creek community that he called home for approximately 63 years. In fact, he was affectionately referred to as the " Mayor of Fern Creek". He lived a very purpose driven, community focused, servant life. Through the years, he filled numerous volunteer leadership positions in the community, including 25 years as the President of Fern Creek Babe Ruth as well as board level positions with Glenmary Homeowners Association, Fern Creek Optimist, Cedar Creek Baptist Church and Fern Creek Highview United Ministries (FCHUM). In 2007, he was charged with overseeing the construction of a new facility for FCHUM when the needs-based charitable organization consolidated their operations together in one facility. He was a self-taught builder who designed and built homes for himself, family and friends as well as providing oversight of major remodeling projects benefitting various civic organizations. Along with his parents, his wife of 65 years, Henrietta Beard, and son-in-law David Hawkins have preceded him in death. Left to carry on his wonderful memory are his children; Debbie Hawkins, Susan Blacketer (Mike) and Brad Beard (Patti); grandchildren, Matthew Hawkins (Maria), Andrew Hawkins (Meg), Daniel Hawkins (Taylor), Erin Davidson (Tyler), Trent Blacketer (Molly), Lindsay DeWitt (Dewey), Alex Beard and Quinn Beard; along with 13 great grandchildren. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Fern Creek Highview United Ministries.

For more information on the Celebration of Mr. Bob Beards life, please contact Brad Beard at (502) 767-7239 or Councilman Engel at (502) 795-4805.

Stephen Haag, Jr.
Minority Caucus Director
Louisville Metro Council
(502) 574-1204

[email protected]

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