(Originating in the Committee on Labor)

Commemorating the life of Reverend D.L. "Lee" Beard, minister, labor leader, columnist and dedicated West Virginian.

Whereas, Reverend D.L. "Lee" Beard was born in Bridgewater, Virginia, and was raised in Franklin, Pendleton County, the son of a Presbyterian minister; and
Whereas, Reverend Lee Beard, a graduate of Davis and Elkins College, served his nation with pride and distinction in the United States Navy during the Korean War; and
Whereas, Reverend Lee Beard was a devoted and compassionate leader in the West Virginia Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, where he worked constantly for the preservation of human rights in the work place; and
Whereas, As an ordained Presbyterian minister serving in churches at Winfield and Eleanor, Putnam County, West Virginia, Reverend Beard continued his compassionate dedication to his fellow man by tenderly caring for the needs of his congregations; and
Whereas, Reverend Lee Beard served as a contributing columnist for the Charleston Gazette, a position which allowed him to continue his messages concerning human dilemmas and humanitarian issues. His final column, "Do not fear death; it takes us to a new life with God", was unquestionably his most moving. Ironically, it appeared in the same newspaper that also bore his obituary; and
Whereas, Reverend Lee Beard was married to his beloved wife Barbara, with whom he shared the joy of having three children, son, D. Lee Beard of Statesboro, Georgia, and daughters, Lisa Galperin of Charleston and Linda K. Smith of Akron, Ohio; and
Whereas, Sadly, the life of Reverend D.L. "Lee" Beard came to an end on January 25, 1995, leaving behind an incessant life of compassion for his fellow man as a minister and labor leader; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate:
That the Senate hereby commemorates the life of Reverend D. L. "Lee" Beard, a dedicated and distinguished man who contributed much to the causes of fairness and humanitarianism; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Senate expresses its sincere sadness at the passing of this gentle man who dealt with the harsh realities of life with an unusual common sense and dedication to fairness; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the members of the family of Reverend D.L. "Lee" Beard.