George Carl Bard, 90 of Taylorsville, died Saturday, December 19, 2020 at his residence. He was born on Tuesday, April 22, 1930, to the late George W.T. Martin Bard and Ella Mae Parsons Bard in Wagoner in Ashe County, North Carolina. He was a member of East Taylorsville Baptist Church. He retired from Schneider Mills in Taylorsville and in his retirement, he drove a school bus at Alexander Central High School. He was a master woodworker, having saved the lumber from the original East Taylorsville Baptist Church building to incorporate into his home so he would always walk on ‘Holy Ground’. He enjoyed entertaining his grandsons with camping trips and wrestling matches. In later years he enjoyed watching western television shows and movies. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Steven Carl Bard; his daughter, Carlene O. Bard Blackburn; four brothers: Leonard Bard, Waid Bard, Greak Bard and Dennis Bard; two sisters: Zelma Bard Wolfe and Marcellous Bard Baker.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 70 years, Archel Arbutus Wagoner Bard; daughter-in-law, Kay G. Bard, of the home; his son-in-law, Scott Blackburn of Bethlehem; three grandsons: Steven Carl Bard, III of Salisbury, Jason Alexander Bard of Rockwell and Daniel Blackburn of Bethlehem; one sister, Mae Bard France of Columbus Ohio; one niece, Ella Mae Bard of Ohio; his caregivers: Debra Mayes and Retha Benfield.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, December 22nd from 1:00 pm until 1:30 pm at Alexander Funeral Service, with the funeral service following at 1:30 pm. The funeral will be conducted by Rev. Philip Johnston and Rev. Darrel Worley, with committal in the Chapel of Alexander Funeral Service. A private burial will follow in the Taylorsville City Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association, 128 South Tryon Street, # 1588, Charlotte, North Carolina 28202.
Covid-19 restrictions apply to all service.