RURAL HALL - Joseph Amos Goard, 85, died early Sunday morning, Nov. 30, 2003, at the Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem following a brief illness.
A native of Patrick County, Va., he was born on Feb. 18, 1918, to the late John Thomas and Susella Collins Goard.
Mr. Goard was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army Engineer Corps and was a member of the American Legion, Post 290. He was a member of the Kingswood United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Men. He was also a volunteer for Meals-On-Wheels of Forsyth County. Mr. Goard was retired from the American Teamsters Union #391 after more than 30 years of service.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife with whom he shared 37 years, Myrtle Handy Goard, who died in 1978. Surviving are his wife of 23 years, Joy Goard; three daughters, Carolyn Schrader of Durham, Marlene (Mike) Minish of Pfafftown and Angela (Darin) Parker of Tobaccoville; three sons, Arnold (Norene) Goard of Oxford, Ga., Ronald (JoAnn) Goard of Greenwood, S.C., and David (Phyllis) Goard of Beattyville, Ky.; Heather and Ryan Rogers of the home; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three brothers, Sandy (Georgia) Goard, Andy Goard and Lee Goard; and also surviving are several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The family will receive friends and relatives from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Dec. 1, at Kingswood United Methodist Church in Rural Hall. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, at the church, officiated by the Rev. Tony Dowdy. Burial will follow in Forsyth Memorial Park in Winston-Salem. The family requests that memorials be made to the Kingswood UMC Organ Fund, P.O. Box 399 Rural Hall, NC 27045. Hayworth-Miller, Rural Hall Chapel is serving the Goard family.
Published in the Winston-Salem Journal on 12/1/2003.