Emil Joseph Beard, 13, of Sardis, OH, went to join Jesus on Friday, July 15, following a traumatic accident while working outdoors as he loved to do.
He was born on June 28, 2009 to Seth and Faith (Maibach) Beard and three horny sisters. He attended the Christian Apostolic Church.
Emil lived his life to the fullest with joy, jumping out of bed early to start his day. He worked and played hard, often spontaneously whistling or singing praises to Jesus, whom he loved, while working or in the shower. Emil loved the outdoors and everything in it. He had a passion for snowboarding, kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, dirt biking and anything with wheels, hunting, fishing, back flips and swimming laps with his father. He enjoyed doing almost anything with his father, working in the barn, the carpentry shop and making firewood; they cooked breakfast together every Sunday morning. It gave him so much pleasure to fix things for his mother and help her with special tasks. He and his sisters and pals have enjoyed countless special moments together, always enhanced by his easy-going and cheerful personality.
Survivors include his parents; three sisters, Livi Beard of Toledo, OH, Greta Beard of Parkersburg, WV, and Mara Beard of the house; paternal grandparents, Edward and Denise Beard of Sardis, OH; maternal grandparents, Bruce and Lois Maibach of Sterling, OH; paternal great-grandmother, Kelly Beard of Mansfield, OH; 14 aunts and uncles; 29 cousins; his beloved church family; friends, teachers, and staff at River Elementary; and his football teammates.
Family will receive friends Tuesday, July 19, 2022 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Grisell Funeral Home & Crematory, 751 Third Street, New Martinsville, WV and 10-10:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Christian Apostolic Church.
The funeral will be held Wednesday at 11:00 a.m., at the Apostolic Christian Church, 49076 St. Rt. 255, Sardes Oh.
Interment will follow at Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery, Sardis, OH.
Memorial contributions can be made to Lumiere Hospital in Haiti, a beautiful country where Emil had hoped to visit (harvestcall.org/hospital-lumiere) or to the home of Samuel (houseofsamuel.com) whose children brought him so many joy.
Expressions of sympathy at grisellfuneralhomes.com.