TRUMANN - H.N. “Newt” Beaird of Trumann was born February 21, 1929 in Lepanto, Ark., the second son of John and Marvin Beaird. He died August 3, 2018 at St. Elizabeth’s Place in Jonesboro, Ark.
Newt was married to Mavene Baker Beaird for 69 years. She preceded him in death on April 25, 2018. He was predeceased by his brothers, Guy of Trumann and Bill of Madera, Cal., and his sisters Betty Gage of Sandpoint, Idaho and Bonnie Aleman of Madera, Cal.
He is survived by his brother, John Robert Beaird of Madera, Cal.; niece, Patricia Hendrix of Little Rock; nephews, Brad Baker of Jonesboro and Brent Baker of Trumann; great niece and loving caregiver, Abigail Greene of Trumann, as well as several nieces and nephews in California.
Newt graduated from Trumann High School in 1949 and spent most of his adult life working as the Manager of Guy’s Discount Center in Trumann, but his real joy was behind the controls of any airplane. Newt was a private pilot and “flew the mail” after work just for the pleasure of being airborne. He also served as the Director of Trumann Housing Authority for many years. Newt loved all sports and was a notable baseball and basketball player who was considered a likely pro candidate before a shoulder injury ended his career. He was a huge Razorback fan and loved talking through the games on the phone with Guy after their retirement.
Services were held August 7 at Thompson Funeral Home in Trumann. He will be buried at Jonesboro Memorial Park next to his wife Mavene and brother and sister-in-law Guy and Nida Beaird, as well as many Baker relatives.
Pallbearers were Brad and Brent Baker, Joey Greene, Dennis Hendrix, David Utley and Kerry Baker.
The family would like to extend their everlasting gratitude to the wonderful ladies of Home Instead, who lovingly cared for him in his last months.
An online register book can be signed at www.thompsonfuneralhome.net.