George W. “Bill” Bard

George W. “Bill” Bard, 89, of Bryant passed away Thursday, March 1.  He was born Oct. 31, 1922, in Bauxite to the late James Arthur and Jewel Ewing Bard.  Bill was a lifelong Democrat, a resident of Saline County and a member of Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church.  He served in the 782nd Tank Battalion during World War II.
Bill was a former member of the Bryant School Board, Salem Water Commision, Soil Conservaton Board and Saline County Fair Board.  A retired Alcoa maintenance mechanic, he was a member of United Steel Workers Local 4880.  He was also a dairy and cattle farmer and a Master Gardener.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Loeta Bard; daughters, Cheryl Bard and Gay Bard; grandsons, Joshua and James Moseley; and brothers, Howard Bard and J.A. Bard. 
He is survived by his daughters, Joy Ward and husband Jimmy of Benton, Carol Moseley and husband David of West Memphis, Ellen Bard and husband, Michael Renner of Little Rock; grandchildren, Emory Persinger and husband, Chris, Jeremy Ward and wife Andrea, Stacie Bratton and husband John, Susan Pierce and husband Zach of Paragould; great-grandchildren, Drew, Blaise, Peyton and Zach Persinger, Alex and Riley Ward, Jacob and Madelynn Bratton, and Katherine Pierce; and a great-great-granddaughter, Olivia Persinger.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 5, at the Bard home, 5592 Boone Road in Bryant.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church.
Arrangements are by Ashby Funeral Home of Benton.
Memorials may be made to the Heifer International Ranch, No. 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72202. 
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Family comments: The family would like to thank the Mt. Carmel community, staff and volunteers at Saline Memorial Hospice House in Bryant.