Gary B. Beard

October 31, 1955 - November 26, 2018
Gary B. Beard

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Gary B. Beard, 63, of Hendersonville passed away Monday, November 26, 2018 at the Elizabeth House. Born October 31, 1955, a native of Austin, TX, he was the son of the late Eugene Oconnor and Marion “Randi” Rendelle Beard. He had lived in Colorado for many years prior to moving to Western North Carolina 10 years ago.   

An accomplished pilot, he learned to fly when he was 10 years old and received his pilot’s license at 17. His mother volunteered to be his first passenger. He retired as a corporate jet pilot with the knowledge and experience to fly 30 different aircraft, his favorite a Piaggio Avanti twin engine turboprop pusher. He also had a passion for cars, especially those by German manufacturers. He was an avid slalom water skier and enjoyed hiking in the Rocky and Adirondack mountains. He attended Mile Hi Church in Lakewood, CO.

Gary is survived by his partner, Jeremy Gorss and many wonderful friends across the country. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Elizabeth House or a charity of your choice.


Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, –and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of –Wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air…
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark or even eagle flew —
And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

–John Magee

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  • November 02, 2022
    Virginia Tolles says:
    I wish we had met. I love airplanes, too. I'll bet you'd laugh if you knew what my favorites are: DC-3, DC-9, and C-141. I have flown aboard several DC-3s, including "That's All, Brother," which led the Allied air invasion at Normandy, and in too many DC-9s and derivatives to count; and I have sat in the cockpit of a C-141 (Armed Forces Day, Andrews AFB, 1992). Ha! I wish I could tell you about my historical novel, Living on a Wing and a Prayer, about a C-141 pilot. No, it didn't publish, but three publishers liked it. His name was Theron, and he grew up loving planes and earned his license when he was still in high school. Sound familiar??? Say hello to our family in heaven. Maybe we'll get to meet there? I hope so.

  • November 30, 2018
    Mike Martin says:
    My most sincere condolences Jeremy. I know he’s in a better place. No more suffering, totally at peace. He was a good man, and always a friend who was there to help others. He will be missed and always remembered.

  • November 30, 2018
    Marcelle Martin lit a candle:
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  • December 01, 2018
    Gwenda King says:
    Gary Beard-- Gary you are missed. I wish I could push that button on my phone and reach you in Heaven.. you were here the other day, and today you are gone. I still have some memories to share with you and there are still some things we didn't get to do.. The most difficult part of your life is over. There will be no more pain. I hope you met up with Ann and Mrs Sanders.. you can update them on things they may of missed. i'll catch you later on the other side'...….Love you Gary. Peace be with you. Gwen