Warren County man succumbs to injuries

Published 9:16 am Thursday, March 2, 2017

A Warren County man severely injured Feb. 16 in an early morning one-car wreck on Haining Road, died Tuesday at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Warren County Coroner Doug Huskey said.

He said officials with the Hinds County Coroner’s Office told him Christopher Beard, 31, 2765 Birdsong Road, was declared dead by a doctor at UMC about 5:55 p.m. Tuesday. He said the cause of death was head trauma. Glenwood Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

“If I would have one thing I would want people to remember him by, it was his willingness to put others before himself,” said Beard’s sister, Shelby Birdsong. “He would always come when you called. He was the backbone of our family.”

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She said her brother was a welder at Ergon “and a good one.”

“He enjoyed building and fixing cars and trucks; it’s in our blood,” she said. “He also love hunting and fishing. He was an outdoorsman.”

Beard, she said, loved his wife and children, adding he had four children, three girls and a boy.

“He and his wife were high school sweethearts from Vicksburg,” she said. “He was loved by many.”

According to Vicksburg Police reports, Beard was injured about 5:06 a.m. Feb. 16. He was traveling east on Haining Road when he lost control of his pickup and left the road near Port Circle, striking a utility pole and then the Big River Shipbuilding sign.

The truck rolled, and Beard was ejected.

He was taken to Merit Health River Region and later flown to UMC.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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